Around the globe, people are becoming more and more aware about healthy eating and its benefits. The focus on healthy eating is also becoming noticeable during potlucks and other gatherings, through the choice of foods people are cooking. But still at most events, I notice that even if there are healthier entree options, the appetizers or sides are one of the most unhealthy. I guess it might be because all the focus and energy goes into making the main dish healthy and a great party pleaser. And by the time the host fixes up the sides, the focus is lost. Side dishes, if not more, but are as important as the main dish. The first thing your guests lay their hands on is the side dishes.
Fixing up a healthy sides should be simple and quick. So when you are all tired after cooking an elaborate entree, you still can do justice to your side dishes. Throw in some sauteed sweet potatoes (click for recipe) with crunchy green beans. Their bright beautiful colors are great on the table and are full of nutrition.
Green beans are naturally nearly fat free. They are high in Vitamin A&C, folate, manganese, potassium...all essential for body metabolism and cell regeneration. Eating 1 cup of green beans meets nearly half of your vegetable requirement for a day. 1 cup of cooked green beans is less than 40 calories with 2.5gm protein, 10 gm carbs, 1 gm of fat and 4 gm dietary fiber.
2 cups fresh green beans....washed
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp grated parmesan (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven at 425 deg F
- Toss the green beans with oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder to coat nicely.
- Cover a cookie sheet with a parchment paper and spread the green beans in a single layer.
- Cook for about 15 min
- Remove from oven and sprinkle parmesan cheese.
In your next party, set aside the chips and dip this time and try serving some healthy sides. Your guests will love you for this. Bon Appetit!