While turkey may be the main attraction on your Thanksgiving menu, side dishes play a big role too. These garlic green beans are simple to prepare and full of flavor. Filling your plate with fresh, colorful vegetables is an easy way to keep a healthy routine throughout the holiday season.


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, washed and ends trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes (more or less to taste depending on your preferred level of spice)
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • Salt and pepper


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 2 minutes, drain the green beans and transfer to a large bowl with water and ice to blanch. Let the green beans sit in the ice bath for 15-30 seconds, then remove from the bowl and set aside.

  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for 1-2 minutes, then add in the green beans, lemon juice and a little bit of lemon zest, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Give everything a good toss together and cook for another minute, add additional seasoning/red pepper flakes to taste. Serve immediately.