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Green Beans with Goat Cheese & Almonds


The following recipe is part of a complete Thanksgiving menu, featured here. This recipe would be a terrific compliment to your holiday feast, or any time of the year.

These green beans are a healthier alternative to the traditional green bean casserole you find on most Thanksgiving menus. It comes together super quick and is delicious!

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch for 3 minutes.
  2. Transfer the beans to a bowl of ice water (to stop cooking). Let sit for a few minutes, then drain in a colander.
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add the green beans, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until beans are cooked through and tender.
  4. Transfer the beans to a serving bowl, add almonds, and stir together. Let cool 10-15 minutes before adding the goat cheese (so it doesn’t melt into the beans).
  5. Serve.


Makes 6 servings

Per serving: 117.8 calories, 8.7 g total fat, 6.3 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 1.1 g sugar, 4.7 g protein

WRITTEN BY Brooke Wheeler, POSTED 11/17/17, UPDATED 06/28/23

Brooke lives in the heart of the Midwest where, along with her husband, they raise their three children (two boys and a girl). Her 10-year-old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was just 21 months old. His diagnosis, and the desire to make an imprint on the diabetic community, ultimately led to the creation of her recipe blog, Finger Prickin' Good (, where she shares kid-approved and diabetic-friendly recipes.