16 Quick Ways to Make Peas and Green Beans Taste Better
Sweet peas and string beans are great choices to curb hunger and lose weight. But frozen or canned peas and beans don't taste as good as fresh peas and bans. Learn how to make frozen or canned vegetables taste good and make fresh vegetables taste even better.
Go fresh over frozen or canned whenever possible.
This is the easiest way to make green beans or snap peas taste better. Fresh beans and peas taste much better than frozen or canned alternatives.
There's even a difference in taste between freshly purchased and freshly picked produce. It's pretty hard to beat the taste of any freshly picked vegetable or legume. Organic, Non-GMO Snap Pea Seeds or Green Bean Seeds start for as little as $2 or $3 and even grow great in cold weather.
Make some sriracha green beans.
One of the tastier frozen bean or pea products we've found is Birds Eye Sriracha Green Beans. They taste much better than most frozen green beans and require little prep time and minimal cleanup.
It's also very easy to make your own homemade, sriracha green beans. Simply choose a favorite sauce, heat it up, and enjoy. Some of the post popular types of sriracha sauces include Huy Fong and Trader Joe's Sriracha Roasted Garlic Sauce.
Sauté your peas in garlic, onions, and olive oil.
What kind of vegetable or legume doesn't work well with garlic, onions, and olive oil?
This Italian Peas recipe is a solid place to start. However, we also recommend thawing your peas if you start with frozen peas. We also recommend sautéing the onions a few minutes before you add the garlic because garlic generally cooks faster than onions.
One other tip is to make sure you use cooking olive oil instead of extra-virgin olive oil. Extra-virgin olive oil has a lower smoke point, which makes it less suitable for sautéing.
Add some ranch dressing.
What doesn't ranch go with?
It definitely works with peas and green beans. Simply prepare them like you normally do and then add the ranch before eating. You could also add some freshly, ground black pepper to add a little more flavor before serving.
TIP: To make ranch dressing healthier, look for ranch made from healthier fats like canola oil. In the past, eating foods with a large percentage of fat was frowned upon. The debate has changed recently. It's now believed that many high-fat foods are good for you. In particular, certain foods like olive oil, avocados, and walnuts are considered to be healthy fats. Also avoid ranch that contains hydrogenated oils. Hydrogenated oils are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oils like corn oil or peanut oil. Adding hydrogen increases shelf life but it also may increase bad cholesterol and be bad for your cardiovascular system.
Go simple with butter, salt, and freshly, ground black pepper.
Butter, salt, and pepper is a great, simple way to make many types of food taste better.
We highly recommend using a black pepper grinder vs. pre-ground black pepper. There's a huge taste difference.
We also recommend choosing grass-fed butter over conventional butter. Butter from cows that were fed a natural, optimal diet contains a better mix of nutrients than cows that were fed corn, injected with hormones, and raised in poor living conditions.
Make some sweet and spicy snap peas.
One other quick way to make frozen peas taste better is to add 3 ingredients after cooking:
- A little bit of plain-tasting oil like canola oil or almond oil.
- A little sweetener like honey or sugar.
- Some spice like Lawry's Seasoned Salt or cajun spices.
This combination also works for green beans and a variety of other vegetables and legumes.
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