Green Beans and Holidays
Thanksgiving always elicits visions of green beans casserole dancing inside my head. Nothing was as comforting as a huge helping of this delicious casserole. It’s a holiday dish that most everyone has had at one time or another. Since its introduction it’s still considered a holiday comfort classic. Today it remains as one of those iconic dishes one sees again and again at holiday gatherings around the country.
Green beans casserole is something I looked forward to along with stuffing and turkey gravy. Skip everything else except the pumpkin pie and I was one happy camper. This is not one of those things I remember from my childhood. My mother has never liked onions in any shape or form. My love for this dish with French fried onion rings was not to be realized until I moved away and started making it on my own.
A Low Carb Alternative
Observing a low carb lifestyle has its challenges. Coming up with something to replace this comfort classic was to became a new challenge for me. Green beans almondine is not something new. I have had it dozens of times dining out and on occasion as an alternative side dish at numerous holiday gatherings. It is a very easy, elegant and extremely satisfying side dish to prepare that pairs up well with anything it’s served with.
What I have always loved about this dish is the toasted almond crunch and the subtle hit of buttery lemon you get with each delicious bite. I made this dish my own by elevating the flavor profile of the lemon by adding lemon zest. That additional zing is what makes this almandine sing and rise a notch above the rest. It’s my delicious new something that erases those moments from days past for good. What I like best though is that its quick and easy to make and not something you have to reserve making for the holidays anymore. From my kitchen to yours, happy low carbing. Mike