Fun fact, I never used to eat any kind of bean. The only beans I like are green beans, but sometimes, just regular old green beans can be a little bland. You can add potatoes, some meat drippings, but here is a green bean recipe that not only livens things up but it adds an extra texture or two.

In our weekly What's Cookin'? segment, Merritt Bates-Thomas, Diabetes Population Health Specialist with the Green River District Health Department, is sharing a tasty take on green beans.  The best part, it's super easy!


  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. minced onion
  • 1 Tbsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 oz. diced pimento
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts
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Place green beans in a colander and rinse well. Break or snap green beans to the desired size.

Place in a 3-quart saucepan and add 3-4 cups of water.

Add olive oil, garlic, and minced onions, and stir into green beans.

Cook over medium heat for about 45 minutes with a lid on the saucepan.

Reduce heat to low.

Add Italian seasoning, pimento, and water chestnuts.

Stir into the mixture and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

Note: 2 to 3 cans of French-style green beans can be substituted for fresh green beans. Rinse and cook in tap water. Follow directions but eliminate 45-minute cooking time for green beans. Add all ingredients together and cook for 15 minutes to blend the flavors.

What's Cookin'? is sponsored weekly here on WBKR by Kentucky Legend.

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