Beans and Caramelized Onions

Beans and Caramelized Onions

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

No more boring beans! In this recipe, the familiar green bean takes on an exciting new flavor. Onions, sugar, and balsamic vinegar coat the beans in a sweet, but tangy sauce.

Ingredients 5 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon margarine or butter
  • 1½ cups chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • ½ (7 ounce) jar roasted red sweet peppers, drained and finely chopped ( ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup quartered pitted ripe olives
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound green beans, cut into 2-inch lengths (about 4 cups)


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  1. In a large heavy skillet, heat margarine or butter over medium heat until melted. Cook and stir onion and sugar in margarine or butter about 10 minutes or until the onion is very tender and golden brown. Stir in vinegar. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes more or until liquid evaporates. Stir in the roasted red peppers, olives, basil, salt, and black pepper. Remove skillet from heat; cover with foil and keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan cook the green beans, covered, in a small amount of boiling water about 10 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. To serve, stir caramelized onion into green beans.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¾ cup
  • Per serving: 84 calories; 3 g fat(2 g sat); 4 g fiber; 13 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 39 mcg folate; 7 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 640 IU vitamin A; 54 mg vitamin C; 47 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 207 mg sodium; 267 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (90% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat

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