This simple, healthy side dish has a wonderful combination of flavors and will be ready in 15 minutes!
I love birthdays. Especially family and friends’ birthdays! I love to bake cakes, get balloons and pick out the perfect gift for that special someone. But then there’s MY birthday. Eh. I am not one of those people that hate their birthday, but it’s just another day, right? Happy birthday to me!
My middle son asked what special breakfast they were going to have for MY birthday. Yes, I do always make special breakfasts for them on THEIR birthdays. Isn’t it hilarious that they thought I was going to make them something special for my birthday? I guess that’s normal for us moms. But it still makes me laugh. I don’t really want a special breakfast. What I want is someone to do all the laundry in my house, then clean my entire house while I go to bar method and get a massage. Yeah… that’s not happening. I do plan on going out to dinner with my 3 little men and the hubby and have a quiet night at home. That’s just as good. Well, almost as good. 😉
Is it weird to post a green bean recipe on m birthday? Maybe a little bit. Don’t even think I won’t be making these Birthday Cookies today and eating a whole bunch!
Ok, let’s talk green beans and the holidays. I’ve had that green bean casserole with the canned mushroom soup and I think people really like it? I don’t love creamy stuff like that. But I love these green beans! This dish is simple and healthy and can be ready in 15 minutes. It’s a perfect, quick dish for the craziness and chaos of the holidays.
Balsamic Glazed Green Beans with Cranberries and Almonds
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey I used raw honey, but you can use 100% maple syrup if you'd like it to be vegan
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 12 ounces green beans ends trimmed
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
In a small bowl, mix together balsamic vinegar and honey. Set aside.
Place garlic and oil in large skillet and cook under medium heat for 2-3 minutes until softened.
Add green beans and stir. Cook for about 10 minutes until green beans are still bright green and crispy.
Add balsamic mixture, almonds and cranberries and mix again. Cook for another 2 minutes.
Does your family have any birthday traditions? We let the birthday girl (or boy) pick what restaurant they’d like to eat at for dinner. That’s always fun when you have two kids born on the same day and they can’t decide on a restaurant…
Anyway, thank you for all of the birthday wishes! I am so thankful for all of you!