Garlic Green Beans with Mushrooms and Potatoes

These simple, savory, and healthy garlic green beans will make your family love eating their vegetables!

How do you get around town? Do you drive or take public transportation? Even though I live in a city with a pretty good transit system, I generally drive everywhere. Besides the fact that I like to go where I want when I want and don’t want to wait for a bus, I also travel with two little kids who have a lot of stuff and aren’t the most patient individuals.

Garlic Green Beans with Mushrooms and Potatoes

Well, my oldest had a doctor’s appointment yesterday, and there happens to be a bus that goes directly from our front door to the clinic’s front door. The kids have been asking to take the bus for novelty’s sake, so we decided to bus it to the doctor instead of drive this time.

Getting there wasn’t too bad, but the bus smelled a little less than fresh, and The Tall One asked a few times why it smelled so bad and how much longer it would take. By the time the first ride was over, he was pretty much unenamoured with the bus. We still had to make it home.

Garlic Green Beans with Mushrooms and Potatoes

On the way home, it was about 4:30pm, time for people to be heading home. A lot of people. That bus was ridiculously packed. I was lucky to find a seat in the front where I could hold The Short One in my lap (plus my enormous purse full of snacks, diapers, and all the other aforementioned junk).

The Tall One had to hang on for dear life to a pole while being shoved on top of The Short One by the crowd around him. We were thrilled to claw our way out of that bus at home. Needless to say, we won’t be riding the bus next time. After that urban adventure, it was time to come home and make dinner.

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I was extra low on energy, so I sure was happy to know all I had to do was throw some buttermilk chicken drumsticks in the oven and cook up these easy green beans to go with them. I happened to have some boiled potatoes leftover from our shrimp boil the day before, so I incorporated them into the dish. If you don’t have cooked potatoes lying around, you could cook them in the microwave or leave them out for a low-carb side dish. As long as you have green beans, mushrooms, and garlic, you’ll be happy.

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Garlic Green Beans with Mushrooms and Potatoes

Garlic Green Beans with Mushrooms and Potatoes

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This savory side dish is quick, easy, and healthy!

  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or crushed
  • 1/4 c. chicken broth or white wine
  • 12 oz. fresh green beans
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • 8 oz. small new potatoes optional
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Prick each potato a few times with a fork, place on a microwave-safe plate, and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave on high until fork tender, 5-8 minutes. Carefully cut potatoes in half (or quarters if your potatoes are on the large side).
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, and saute for 1-2 minutes, just until fragrant. Add broth or wine.
  3. Add green beans, mushrooms, and potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook until green beans are tender but not too soft, 5-8 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat, squeeze lemon juice over vegetables, and stir once more before serving.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 18
  • Category: Side Dish

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Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

12 comments

Liz
10 years ago

Thank you Andi for the nice recipe.

Andi
10 years ago

My pleasure, Liz! Thank you!

Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner
10 years ago

Hi Andi, love this recipe and like Julie I first saw it on FG. Stunning photo!

Andi
10 years ago

Wow, thanks so much, Deb! That is so sweet of you to say! :D

Julie @ This Gal Cooks
10 years ago

Love this recipe, Andi! And beautiful photos. Actually caught this one on Foodgawker. :)

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you so much, Julie! I hope you are having a nice weekend :)

Kelly
10 years ago

Yikes, sorry to hear about the bus ride – not fun at all with two little ones. We drive most places too since like you said, it’s hard lugging around so much stuff for your little ones. These green beans look delicious and perfect to whip up on a hectic day – I love green beans and am always looking for new ways to make them :)

Andi
10 years ago

Well at least now I can remind them of the stinky, crowded ride if they start bugging me to ride the bus again ;) Thanks for stopping by, Kelly. I love green beans too!

Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy
10 years ago

You were so brave going on the bus with your boys! I am such a baby and would have been scared I’d get lost or something! Good thing you’re amazing with quick recipes so you could come home and whip this awesome dinner up! I’m definitely going to try this because I’m always looking for more side dish ideas! Your pictures are beautiful, Andi! XO!

Andi
10 years ago

I wasn’t worried I would get lost since I know the route so well, but I’m spoiled and like to sit in my own car with my own music and without a bunch of strangers in my space!

I get stuck in a rut with side dishes too, so I was happy to try something new. I think your family might like this one if your little ones like green beans. Thanks so much for coming over :)

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent
10 years ago

These green beans look absolutely delicious! Love the different combinations of flavors. I would definitely avoid the bus in the future :)

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you so much, Laura. Yes, I will definitely be avoiding the bus if possible!

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