Brown Sugar & Soy Glazed Green Beans with Pecans

When it comes to making meals, I seem to have an unlimited stock of ideas. But sides? That is an entirely different story. I work so hard on the main-dish, I often find I have over-looked the items that turn a main dish into a meal – the sides.

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Given the rush I often find myself in, side dishes are often overlooked.  Most of the time, I can get away with ignoring that part of the meal. But when company shows up – I feel obliged to serve some extras.

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This recipe is one of my all-time favorite sides. It is easy – which is a must for me. But more important than easy, it must taste good. These green beans are a hit…sweet, salty & crisp.

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Adding pecans to the dish, makes it seem so special — you know fancy! Like fancy restaurant, fancy. 

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Whether you are serving the same pretty & handsome faces you stare at regularly or whether you are  blessed with new pretty & handsome faces ((company)) – these Brown Sugar & Soy Green Beans will leave your diners with a smile.

IMG_3447Oh – and as a bonus…talk about healthy! Low carb, low-fat (just keep a close eye on the sodium)!! Why don’t I make these more often??

Brown Sugar & Soy Glazed Green Beans with Pecans
Sweet & salty, these green beans are something special - the addition of pecans takes a simple side and turns it fancy! This will become a favorite for sure.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 T canola oil
  2. 1 large shallot (thinly sliced)
  3. 1 large green onion (both with and green parts - chopped)
  4. 1 lb frozen greens beans
  5. 1/4 to 1/3 c soy sauce (consider using low sodium soy sauce for this recipe)
  6. 1/4 to 1/3 c brown sugar (more or less to taste)
  7. 3/4 c raw pecans
  8. freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, add oil. After oil & skillet are hot, add onion & shallots. Cook onions for 3-5 minutes to get soft. Add frozen green beans, soy sauce, brown sugar & pecans. Cook for 25-30 minutes, until green beans are soft.*
  2. Season with freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Notes
  1. *I prefer over-cooked green beans. Fancy restaurant may serve them bright green and crisp. However, I can't stand the waxy, crisp texture of fresh green beans. I get the crunch from pecans. If you happen to love the texture of waxy, crisp green beans - then I am guessing you would consider them perfect at 7-9 minutes into the cooking time.
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If you want another green bean recipe idea – check out my Italian-style Green Beans.  They are good enough to be served as a main dish! (Well, the kiddos would cry – but I would be happy!!)

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