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Caesar Style Green Beans, Skinnified

Watch boring, steamed green beans come alive when made like a Caesar salad. It’s my new favorite way to enjoy them these days. Unlike a salad, this dish is so good served warmed. Each serving has 82 calories, 3 grams of fat and 2 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.

Caesar Style Green Beans, Skinnified

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients for Green Beans:

1 pound fresh green beans

2 cups water

Ingredients for Topping:

1 slice multi-grain or whole wheat bread, I used Milton’s Original Healthy Multi-Grain bread

1 teaspoon reduced-fat butter

½ teaspoon garlic powder

1½ tablespoons Girards Light Caesar Dressing or Cardini’s, see shopping tip

1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded


1. In a medium saucepan, add beans and cover with water. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 8-10 minutes, until tender crisp.

2. Drain green beans and set aside. Keep warm.

3. To makes crumb topping: Toast bread and spread with butter. Sprinkle top with garlic powder. Zap in microwave for 10 seconds. Place in blender and grind into crumbs.

6. Add the warm green beans to a serving plate. Drizzle dressing over top. Sprinkle the crumbs and then Parmesan cheese all over the beans.

7. Serve warm. If prepping the beans and everything in advance, just reheat the beans in the microwave before adding the dressing and crumb topping.

Makes 4 servings. Each serving, about ¾ cup each

Food Fact

Green beans are un-ripe or immature pods obtained from the bean plant belonging to common fabaceae family. They’re referred to as “common beans,” probably because they all derived from a common bean ancestor that originated in Peru.

Healthy Benefit
Green beans are a very good source of vitamins, minerals, and plant derived micronutrients. They’re a rich source of dietary fiber and contain excellent levels of vitamin A.

Shopping Tip

Most supermarkets carry Girard’s Light Caesar Dressing, Cardini’s Light Caesar or Caesar Vinaigrette or Ken’s Steak House Lite Caesar dressing.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 1
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 2

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about ¾ cup each)
82 calories, 3g fat, 1mg chol, 4g prot, 13g carbs, 4g fiber, 121mg sodium, 1g sugar

FAT FACTS: the skinny and fat facts are the same for this recipe.

Find more delicious recipes from Nancy Fox on her website, Skinny Kitchen

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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Carol Graham

Tuesday 28th of July 2015

Looks and sounds scrumptious .

Tuesday 28th of July 2015

Thanks so much for featuring my recipe today. Enjoy! With my very best wishes, Nancy

Anne Parris

Tuesday 28th of July 2015

This looks like the perfect side dish, Nancy!

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