EZ Lemon-Herb Roasted Green Beans

By: Kristen DeAngelis

Aren’t we all looking to get rid of whatever is “leftover” in the fridge? An easy way to use up any leftover veggies is to throw them in the oven while you prepare additional items for your meal (or while you make a juice to have later!)

Today was the last day to salvage my farmers’ market green beans so I put together an easy side dish that anyone can do! What is so great about this recipe?

√ Easy

√ Budget-Friendly

√ Only 5 Ingredients

Best of all … Green Beans are good for me!

√ Fiber

√ Vitamin K

√ Vitamin C

√ Folate

√ Manganese

√ Antioxidants (including a wide range of carotenoids and flavonoids)

Ideas to use your roasted beans?

–          Easy snack or appetizer
–          Nicoise Salad: A classic French salad dish, that combines green beans to a green salad with your choice of protein (traditionally tuna fish, but you could add a hard boiled egg or a different omega rich fish like salmon), red onion, tomato, olives, and artichoke hearts, with a drizzle of lemon and olive oil.  If you are Vegan, you could add sliced nuts or seeds like toasted almonds/walnuts, or sunflower/pumpkin seeds.
–          Side for Vegan Main Dish such as Stuffed Acorn Squash or any variety of a Quinoa Salad
-          *If consuming fish/seafood, serve beans as a side for omega rich fish like Salmon, Herring, or Tuna

This easy, low cost, 5 ingredient recipe is a winning complement to any meal at the table. Enjoy!

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  • 1 pound green beans, ends removed and sliced diagonally
  • 1 – 2 tbsp olive oil or organic unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped (if using dried herbs, use ½ Tbsp.)
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon
  • Optional: slivered almonds, garlic cloves (crushed), or drizzle of balsamic vinegar added before placing in oven


1. Preheat oven to 400F or 200C while you prepare your ingredients.

2. Wash Green Beans under cold running water.

3. Trim green bean ends, and slice diagonally for eye appeal effect.

4. Place washed/cut green beans in baking dish either lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil (great for easy clean up!).

5. Chop 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary and any additional herbs you desire like sage or thyme. Note: Fresh herbs are most fragrant and flavorful.  However dried herbs are fabulous to use to boost the flavor of any dish too! If using dried herbs, use half the amount of your fresh counterpart.  In this case, use ½ Tablespoon of dried Rosemary.


6. Slice lemon into thin slices.


7. Drizzle green beans in oil, salt, pepper, and herbs.  Shake once or twice to ensure seasoning is well incorporated. Top with lemon slices.

8. Place your dish in the oven and bake at 400F/200C for 25-35 minutes (depending on how well-done you want your beans.)

9. Stir half way through cooking (~15 minutes into cooking time).

10. While you are roasting your beans, you can prepare your main entrée!


  • Nutrition per serving:

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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Kristen DeAngelis

Kristen is the executive assistant and certified nutritionist for Joe Cross and his team at Reboot with Joe. Her multi-disciplinary approach to health and wellness stresses a plant-based diet, engaging in regular movement, physical activity and yoga, and practicing mindfulness techniques. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Yoga Instructor, with a B.S. in Nutrition and Exercise Science from Virginia Tech and a 200-Hr Yoga (RYT), YogaFit, and American Council on Exercise certification. If she’s not smiling in the kitchen, Kristen loves practicing yoga, running or finding a fitness challenge, and visiting friends and family from her hometown near Boston, MA.

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