These Garlic Butter Green Beans are as simple as it gets and tasty too! Seriously, this side dish is the perfect intersection between superb taste and minimal effort. Plus, it all can be on the plate in a matter of minutes and only has 3 ingredients:
trimmed green beans (we buy them already trimmed to save time!)
unsalted butter (grass-fed is our go-to!)
garlic (use large cloves for easy slicing)
Green beans are a great keto friendly side dish because of their low-ish amount of carbs (7g per 100g) and a good amount of fiber (3.4g per 100g), so you’re left with only 3.6g net carbs per 100g. This side dish works wonderfully with a variety of protein sources and entree’s to make a quick and easy dinner that will taste anything but quick and easy.
Most my life I was pretty neutral towards green beans, I didn’t love them (except for my grandmother’s) but I didn’t have anything against them. They just kinda came out bland every time I tried to make them at home. Then I had a batch of green beans at a family get together, and the only way I can describe the unique flavor is that they tasted like a nursing home smells. During my time working as an emergency planner, I spent a lot of time working with the local nursing home on their disaster plans, let’s just say I didn’t eat green beans for awhile after that!
On various keto forums and message boards, I’ve seen folks become concerned over including garlic in their diet because it contains 33g of carbs per 100 grams with minimal fiber. Now, if you are eating keto and limiting your carbohydrate intake to 5% of your daily calories that’s a big deal, but 100g of garlic is a LOT of garlic (like a whole bulb or 2) and unless you plan on doing some vampire slaying in the near future you have nothing to worry about when a recipe calls for a few cloves. In fact, garlic is a nutritional powerhouse and it has a variety of health benefits, most of which come from consuming it raw, but in it’s cooked form it’s still nothing to scoff at.
Check out the articles below to learn more about the health benefits of garlic both raw and cooked: