Roasted Green Beans with Hazelnuts

Roasted Green Beans with Hazelnuts | A Couple Cooks

Roasted Green Beans with Hazelnuts | A Couple Cooks

It’s funny, generally on Thanksgiving I’m much more focused on making recipes than giving thanks. Not that I don’t want to, of course, but most years it gets lost in the fray of white whipped potatoes with thick gravy and silken cinnamon-y pumpkin pie and the inevitable post-meal malaise. Occasionally we go around the table with a “what I’m thankful for” all-play, but it’s usually more of a novelty than a meditation for me.

Today I finished a book, The Book Thief, about the Holocaust and Nazi Germany. It was a tear-jerker for sure, and I felt a little ridiculous as tears streamed down my face while Alex sat next to me watching the Colts beat the Broncos. But it made me think of how thankful I am for every breath breathed without fear, every step taken without physical pain, every moment I’m able spend with my loved ones. Life, as I know it now, seems ridiculously easy compared to that dark time.

A few years ago, I had a period of months in extreme physical pain and have thought, “If only I can be no longer in pain, I’ll be thankful every moment of each day.” Then of course once I was healed, the thankfulness gradually faded and my mind moved onto more present stressors and worries. So this season, instead of faded thankfulness, I’m seeking to live in gratitude, each morning waking with a new gift I’m thankful for. Cheesy maybe, but if practicing a life of gratitude is cheesy, I’m all in for the cheese.

And, the recipe, which incidentally has no cheese!  It’s a simple side dish but the flavors are complex; the beans become tender and slightly browned during roasting, and the contrast with the zesty lemon and crunchy hazelnuts is spot on. This is a side dish for our Healthy Thanksgiving 2015 menu, where Alex and I create a veggie-filled menu to show that the holiday can be about seasonal, nutritious eating instead of stuffing ourselves with rich foods. The entire menu is below, along with a few other Thanksgiving resources.

Why to Make It: A simple and zesty side dish that works for a variety of diets
When To Make It: Summer or Fall
Caveats: Green beans always take us longer than expected to clean and trim, so plan accordingly!

Thanksgiving Resources

Instagram: Tag your healthy Thanksgiving creations on Instagram with #healthythanksgiving2015. (We’ll be using it for ours and would love to see yours!)

Menu: Below is our menu for this year, which we’ll post over the next few days.

Healthy Thanksgiving 2015
Lentil and Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Green Beans with Hazelnuts
Roasted Cauliflower and Apples with Dill
Pumpkin Pie Mousse Shooters

Pinterest: Our Healthy Thanksgiving pinboard


Roasted Green Beans with Hazelnuts

1 Star (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x


  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • ½ lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Wash the green beans and trim off the ends. Thinly slice 1 shallot. In a bowl, combine the beans with 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the beans and shallot on the pan and roast for about 13 to 15 minutes, until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, toast ¼ cup whole hazelnuts in a small dry frying pan over medium heat, stirring constantly until toasted, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and chop.
  4. When beans are finished roasting, add squeezes of the juice of 1/2 lemon and sprinkle with hazelnuts. Serve immediately.


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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    November 9, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Green beans are so good roasted and with nuts! Perfect side dish!

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    Jessica Nunemaker
    November 9, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Beautiful! For the first time ever, the family we always spend the holiday with, have given me free reign as to what to bring. I’m kind of psyched about that. :) This would go over so, so well with them. Thanks!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    November 9, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Simple preparation with complex flavors is the best kind of dish. I’m never drawn to green beans in particular but the flavors in this and the fact they’re roasted sounds very enticing! I’ve read The Book Thief too. Great read, but you’re right, it was really sad.

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    November 9, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    The Book Thief is such a beautiful, heavy story. I remember sobbing at the end of that novel, and I believe I did in the middle too. And as for seeking to live with gratitude, that’s a beautiful way to look at the world. It doesn’t seem cheesy to me- rather that it’s choosing to focus on the good rather than being bogged down with the hard. The other alternatives seem to be passivity or cynicism, and I certainly know which I’d rather choose.

    These roasted green beans look beautiful. I may have these on my own holiday table in a few weeks.

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    Bethany @ Athletic Avocado
    November 10, 2015 at 7:12 am

    What a lovely combo of veggies and nuts! Never have I ever thought of pairng hazelnuts with green beans, but Im sure its phenomenal!

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    November 11, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    You might want to get Anne Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. It is entirely about living in a state of thankfulness. i plan to try several of these recipes this weekend!!

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    November 20, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Hi! This looks great! You don’t say what to do with the shallot once it’s sliced though. Thanks!

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      November 20, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Good eye! The shallot goes in with the beans, and I’ve updated the recipe accordingly. Thanks so much!

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