Citrus Green Beans for the Holidays

I wanted to share a green bean recipe that's great for the upcoming holidays.  I've been making it for a few years and it's always a big hit!  You can make it vegan style or not, but either way, it's delish!

Citrus Green Beans for the Holidays!


Recipe Type: side dish, vegetable


  • 1 pound green beans
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lime (or 1/2 orange)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4C water or chicken broth
  • 1/2 tbsp Earth Balance or butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Wash and drain beans. Trim off stem ends.
  2. Blanch beans in boiling salted water for about 3 minutes or until crisp tender.
  3. Stop the cooking process by removing beans to an ice bath.
  4. After a minute, drain and set aside.
  5. Over medium-high heat, saute zest and garlic.
  6. Just before the garlic begins to golden, add water, beans and Earth Balance.
  7. Toss until well combined and beans are tender.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve!

Bonnie Goodman

Since 2010, Bonnie has been a successful personal chef in the Orange County area. Since 2011 Bonnie has been booked solid serving busy families, seniors, business professionals, celebrities, and professional athletes. Bonnie centers her cooking style around allergy-friendly and healthy homestyle meals that the whole family can enjoy.

When Bonnie started her Personal Chef business she was grateful for some of the Personal Chef Associations like the APPCA and the USPCA. Unfortunately there was not a fully immersive program available to teach her about building and growing her business. Bonnie decided in 2015 to launch the Personal Chef Guide to help new personal chefs enter the market and grow their business.