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Recipe: Green Beans and Caramelized Onions.


Recipe: Green Beans and Caramelized Onions.

Olga Gulati

Veggies are a huge part of a healthy balanced diet. I always tell my clients they should try to make veggies 80% or at least 60% of their diet. We try to do this at home as well. I find that when I’m eating lots of vegetables is when my digestion works best.  I feel the most energized, and also, I don’t feel as guilty when I eat “pecados” (Spanish word for sins).

Vegetables provide our body with most of the fiber we need.  They also help balance our pH, and contribute to maintaining a strong gut flora. They also have a significant percentage of the vitamins and minerals needed for optimal health. I know I don’t need to convince you about the health benefits of eating vegetables. What I need is to seduce you into cooking and eating them more often.  

Most of the time people don’t eat as many vegetables because they find it boring. Therefore a great way to feel encouraged to eat more of them is by learning very easy, but mostly delicious ways of preparing them.  

When it comes to salads, I feel that dressing is the key to success. For cooked vegetables, a sauce or seasoning can be key. But also, pairing a vegetable with something that you really love (which can be another veggie) can be the trick to come up with a recipe that you crave. This is exactly what I did with the recipe I’m sharing with you guys today. I paired green beans which I like but not die for, with my caramelized onion recipe, to make something that I devour.

So like I say in of all my videos “this is very simple”. Gosh! I hadn’t realized how many times I repeat that. But yes, this is a very simple recipe and I know you are going to love it.


-       2 large caramelized onions. See recipe here.

-       1 large bunch of green beans. About 250 grs.

-       Sea salt to taste.


1.     Fill a wide saucepan with 1 cup of water. Bring it to a boil and add some sea salt.

2.     Add the green beans and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until al dente. It depends on how crunchy you like them and also on their size. If you are using haricot verts, the time might be just 2 or 3 minutes. (You could also steam them if you prefer).

3.     Once green beans are cooked drain water and set aside.

4.     Start caramelizing your onions like I did here.

5.     About 5 minutes before your onions are completely caramelized, add the green beans and finish browning the onions while stirring them with the beans.  This way the beans will get impregnated with the sugars that are being released by the onions. Now you have a wonderful combination of flavors. 

6.     Turn of the heat, serve and enjoy. 


ps: Another way to serve blanched or steamed green beans is with this delicious parsley dressing. Perfect for a hot summer day, when you don't feel like eating warm foods.