This Paleo Green Bean Almondine recipe is a dairy – free, low – fodmap twist on this classic French recipe. A simple side dish perfect for any paleo Thanksgiving, or anytime of the year.
Ever year at Thanksgiving I find myself being the only person eating strictly just turkey, since 99% of the other dishes are loaded with dairy, gluten and who knows whatever else. This year I’m including this paleo green bean almondine so I can get in a full meal and not just table scraps.
This green bean almondine recipe is catered towards those with food sensitivities. If you can tolerate, you can also make this green bean almondine recipe with bacon or onions as well. Just toast them up seaparetly, and toss in with the almonds when you are ready to toast. I omitted the onions for this recipe because I am still dealing with gut issues, but if you don’t have gut issues go for it!
I’ll be honest I had no idea what almondine was until I saw it online. Not sure how I missed this because this side dish is not only delicious but extremely easy to make. After I looked it up, I learned that almondine is actually a culinary term meaning almonds. Crazy huh?
But Are Green Beans Paleo?
Ah the “Are green beans paleo?” question. While green beans are technically a legume, they are more pod than bean and do not contain as many anti – nutrients as other beans. They fall in the gray area of paleo, but they contain many micronutrients and are rich in chlorophyll, so eat away.
Paleo Green Bean Almondine Recipe
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This paleo green bean almondine recipe is a little departure from traditional almondine recipes in that it doesn’t include the dairy (butter) or the usual high fodmap onions. Some Green Bean Almondine variations include:
- Shallots and onions
- Bacon (bacon goes well with everything)
I made this version with minimal ingredients to to safe for low fodmap and dairy free diets, but feel free to modify to your tastes!
What I really love about this recipe is that you can actually eat it any time of the year. It pairs well with roasted chicken, salmon and turkey. I’ll admit I feel like I am really fancy when I eat this, so it may be on the rotation more.
More Great Side Dishes for Your Thanksgiving Feast
- Paleo Roasted Rainbow Carrots
- Cinnamon Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
- Paleo Roasted Carrot Hummus
- 1 pound green beans
- 1/4 cup olive oil or avocado oil (can use ghee if tolerated)
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 1/2 lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
- Start out by lining up all of the green beans and chopping out the ends.
- Using a medium soup pan, add the green beans and cover with water. Cook on medium until it comes to a boil (about 4 - 5 minutes).
- Remove the green beans from the water, and set aside.
- In a separate pan, add the cooking oil and seasoning. Mix in the almonds and cook until slightly browned.
- Place the green beans in the pan with the almonds, and add in the lemon juice, cooking on low for a few minutes.
- Top with favorite garnishes and serve immediately. Ingredients can be doubled to increase serving size.
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