Green Beans with Caramelized Onion and Spinach

Eat your green beans or you don’t get any dessert…

I actually love them.  This year I tried growing them in the garden and it turned out well.  I made a tepee out of bamboo branches and got to watch the vines climb up, curling their way around the bamboo little by little.  For a while I was picking a handful or two a day.  Sadly, I think this is our last batch of green beans though.  Some kind of leaf miner bug got to the leaves and the plant is starting to die.  The great thing about living in Monterey though is the weather is great all year round.  I might plant another one and see what happens.

For our last harvest of green beans, I decided to make something a little richer than normal.  I came up with this recipe and the hubby loved it, so that is a winner in my book!

Green Beans with Caramelized Onion and Spinach
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Vegetable
Serves: 2-3

  • ½ onion, sliced thin
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 pound of green beans
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder (or you can use flour or cornstarch)
  • a few handfuls of spinach
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste

  1. heat 3 tablespoons butter in a skillet on medium-low heat
  2. add onion and let caramelize, stirring occasionally
  3. meanwhile, put a pot of water on the stove to boil
  4. trim the ends off the green beans and boil for 5 minutes
  5. drain green beans and put into a bowl of ice water (very important to stop them from cooking)
  6. when onions are caramelized, add remaining butter
  7. add arrowroot powder and stir until there are no lumps
  8. increase heat to medium-high
  9. add spinach and green beans
  10. saute until spinach is wilted and green beans are heated through
  11. serve and enjoy!


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