We love to use canned green beans for a side dish for dinner because they are quick and nutritious. We will try and answer all of your questions – How long to Cook Canned Green Beans – How to Make those Beans Taste Better – How to Season those Green Beans!
How to Cook Canned Green Beans – How to Make Those Beans Taste Better!
Canned green beans are a great side dish choice because they are more affordable than frozen beans and easy to keep in your pantry for those busy days you need something easy. Canned green beans are a super-nutritious addition to your family meal. Canned green beans are simple to prepare either on the stovetop or microwave but let’s face it, they do need jazzed up a bit!
Let’s Look at Some ways We Can Make those Beans Tastier!
How to Drain Your Green Beans
If using the beans for a recipe you can drain the beans right out of the can by leaving the top piece on when you use your can opener. Just open most of the can but leave it on so you can turn the can upside down and let the liquids drain out. Quick and easy with less cleanup!
You can also drain your beans into a colander and then shake until you get all of the water out. This is great if you are making a traditional green bean casserole and you have about 4 cans of green beans to work with. You can also rinse the green beans to remove much of the salt or sodium.
How To Season Canned Green Beans
We love to season our green beans with a squeeze of lemon, butter and salt and pepper. You can also add a touch of olive oil or just use olive oil instead of butter. Don’t forget a splash of Worcestershire.
Season with herbs such as chives, parsley, thyme and rosemary. Use small amounts of dried herbs to see which ones you prefer on your vegetables. Heat the beans in a small amount of liquid and then add butter and sprinkle on dried herbs.
Once the beans are cooked sprinkle with a little garlic salt, dried thyme, squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil.
How To Make Canned Green Beans Taste Good
Green Beans are Awesome with a few additions. Below are some ideas for additions to your green beans.
Sauté diced ham in olive oil and butter. Add 2 cans of drained beans to the cooked ham. Learn more about diced ham for recipes here.
Canned Green Beans and Almonds – Sauté 3-4 tablespoons of slivered almonds for about two minutes in a skillet until lightly golden brown. Add in 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire. Cook for about 1 minute and then set aside on a plate. Drain 2 cans of cut green beans and pour into the skillet. Lightly salt & pepper and add some additional butter. Serve green beans with toasted almonds.
Sugared Bacon Green Beans – Three cans of cut green beans 1/2 lb. bacon – ½ cup butter – ½ cup brown sugar – 1 tablespoon soy sauce – ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. Dice bacon and cook until cooked through. Drain beans and add to a casserole dish. Melt butter in the microwave with a little bit of garlic powder. Stir in the rest of the ingredient, except the bacon. Put beans in the casserole dish and stir in the sauce. Mix in cooked bacon pieces. Bake for about 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
Sauté sliced mushrooms using a medium skillet, add 2 tablespoons of butter and a little Worcestershire sauce along with your sliced white mushrooms. Cook about 7-8 minutes or until soft. Drain two cans of cut green beans and add to the skillet with the cooked mushrooms. Heat and stir until beans are hot. You can also cook a little bit of onion with the mushrooms.
Below is A Great Recipe Canned Green Beans with Bacon
How Long to Cook Canned Green Beans
If you are cooking green beans on the stove the typical heat time is about 3-4 minutes to heat thought. Remember, the beans are already cooked they just need to be reheated. Use a little bit of the liquid in the can to heat beans. You can add the butter and salt and pepper after you put the beans in your saucepan to cook. Cook on medium to medium high heat.
Why Add Green Beans to Your Diet
Green beans are a great way to add more vegetables to your diet because besides having many nutrients, they are low in fat and low in calories with. Green beans are high in many nutrients, including fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium and potassium.
Different Names and types of Beans
String Beans and Snap Beans are two names you might hear when talking about the green bean. The “snap” bean is a nickname for the sound you hear when snapping a fresh green bean. The “string” bean got its name from the long string of fiber that runs the length of the bean.
French-Style Green Beans – These are beans that have been sliced thin instead of a whole bean. This is what would typically be found in the popular green bean casserole.
Cut Whole Beans – Cooked beans left whole but cut in half.
Whole Beans – the ends of the beans are cut off but the whole bean is left intact. We love these beans and are wonderful in a saute.
What is Your Favorite Green Bean Recipe?
Our favorite green bean recipe would definitely be the traditional green bean casserole. What is yours?
Green Bean Casserole (Double for a crowd)
2 – 14.5 oz. cans French-style green beans, drained
1 – 10.5 oz. can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter, diced
1 – 2.8 oz. can crispy fried onions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix everything together expect the fried onions. Place in a small oven-proof dish and spray with non stick spray. Crumble the onions on top of the beans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. You can also toss everything in your crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours.
Try a delicious low carb spaghetti that is served with tasty green beans and spaghetti sauce! Great recipe for when you are trying to cut or lower your carb count. We love eating green beans because they are low in calories and carbs and keep you feeling fuller longer. Try this recipe for green beans with spaghetti sauce for a great low carb healthy meal.