Kid-Approved Green Bean Recipes

Our panel of kid judges couldn't help but love these creative green bean recipes.

  • <p>Kid-Approved Green Beans</p>

    Versatile Green Beans

    Green beans are very low in fats and full of vitamins A and C, but your kids won't be thinking about that when they try these kid-approved recipes. Whether you like to pair green beans with another kid-friendly food or make it the star of the dish, there is an option for your family.

  • Cheddar-Pecan Green Bean Casserole
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Cheddar-Pecan Green Bean Casserole

    This recipe is similar to the classic green bean casserole, but with a few twists. Toss blanched green beans with a buttermilk-Ranch dressing and top with panko breadcrumbs, crushed French-fried onions, chopped pecans, and shredded Cheddar cheese. Your kids will love the cheese and crunchy topping, and you'll love watching them eat the beans underneath.
  • High-wire Haricots Verts
    Blake Pearson

    High-wire Haricots Verts

    This colorful dish should entice even the shyest veggie eater to dig in. Bright green beans, red peppers, and thinly sliced red radishes give your child the nutrients he needs, while the sweet mandarin oranges and ginger-soy vinaigrette satisfy his sweet tooth.

  • Potato Gratin with Haricots Verts and Ham
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Potato Gratin with Haricots Verts and Ham

    Better-for-you whole-grain pasta is the base for this creamy salad. Toss with green beans, bacon, and cheese, and you have a tasty, filling side. One of our judges even liked the green beans better than the pasta!

    The key to making these potatoes rich and flavorful without adding lots of butter is simmering them in milk before baking.

  • Green Bean and Whole-grain Penne Salad
    Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Dan Becker

    Green Bean and Whole-grain Penne Salad

    Better-for-you whole-grain pasta is the base for this creamy salad. Toss with green beans, bacon, and cheese, and you have a tasty, filling side. One of our judges even liked the green beans better than the pasta!
  • Green Bean Alfredo with Cheese Ravioli

    Green Bean Alfredo with Cheese Ravioli

    Kids love pasta, and you'll love this two-pot dish. Set aside prepared cheese ravioli while you sauté green beans with garlic and rosemary, and then prepare a creamy Alfredo sauce to top it all. If your children are feeling adventurous, add some peas and carrots as well.

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