My Favorite Veggie Side Dish Recipe- With Pictures!

Here is the recipe (with pictures) for my favorite veggie side dish.  It was originally a recipe from Tyler Florence on Tyler’s Ultimate on Food Network. The first time I made it, I followed the recipe exactly. It was SO good! Unfortunately, it called for 5 tablespoons of oil! My recipe is modified for our healthy lifestyle.  The original recipe is 183 calories and 15 grams of fat per serving and my recipe is 120 calories and 8 grams of fat per serving. My recipes tasted just as yummy doesn’t leave you feeling guilty! So…here you go!

Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds   



  • 16 oz. frozen green beans
  • 1/2 cup skin on sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 3 large or 4 medium onions (I used brown ones and  added an extra onion because we LOVE them!)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper


1. Peel and thinly slice the onion. (They can be killer on your eyes!!  If you refrigerate them for a while before slicing it helps.)   


2. Heat the oil and butter in a large (12-14 inch) pan.   

3. Add sliced onion to the pan; stirring often until golden brown (about 20 minutes) Below is the process.   

Just put in the pan
5 min. into cooking
15 min. into cooking
20 min. into cooking - PERFECT!

As you can see, the onions reduce quite a bit!   

4. Meanwhile, cook the frozen green beans according to the package. I used the stove top directions on the bag which was to bring 1/2 cup water to a boil, add green beans, bring back up to a boil, cover and cook on medium/high heat for 7-10 minutes.  

brought back up to a boil, added lid
5. While the green beans and onions are cooking, add the almonds to a small dry frying pan. Toast almonds 3-5 minutes stirring frequently. Watch them carefully; they will burn!
6. Meanwhile, remove thyme leaves from the stems. Thyme has a really woody stem that you don’t want to eat; hold the stem and pull the leaves off in the opposite direction that they grow. They will come right off. Chop up the thyme leaves. You want about 2 tablespoons when you are done.
7. Add green beans, thyme and almonds to the onions. Season with salt and pepper. Cook an additional 5 minutes on low then serve. Makes 8 servings. Enjoy!
Tonight I served this with Creamy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts. Here is the recipe if you are interested –



4 thoughts on “My Favorite Veggie Side Dish Recipe- With Pictures!

    1. The chicken is soooo good! The recipe is pretty easy and it is also a cinch to modify! Sometimes I add cheddar or extra parmesan cheese to the stuffing, or coat the chicken breast in bread crumbs. This time I made it with the cornbread stuffing. I usually use the plain chicken kind. You can add mozzarella cheese and some tomatoes to the stuffing and top the chicken with marinara sauce. Lots of yummy options!

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