Our panel of kid judges couldn't help but love these creative green bean recipes.
Versatile Green BeansGreen 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 CasseroleThis 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 VertsThis 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 HamBetter-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 SaladBetter-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 RavioliKids 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.