These 2 VERY easy, low carb recipes compliment each other with their similar flavors while allowing you a small amount of carbs and a hefty amount of protein. The caramelized green beans are 3 easy steps while the chicken is a quick “set it and forget it” recipe that allows you to do your nightly chores as you bake. Use these when you’re in a hurry, but you don’t want to sacrifice flavor or your healthy eating plan.
These caramelized green beans take the cake for being savory AND sweet. The almonds give them a nice flavor and crunch while the ghee (or butter) gives you some healthy fat to absorb the vitamins and minerals that your body needs from the vegetables. This amazing side dish is ready in under 30 minutes. Warning: it’s so good you may want to double the batch!
Ingredients for Caramelized Green Beans
12 Ounce Package of organic green beans
2 tablespoons of onions chopped
1 zest (garnish) of lemon or orange
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of roasted slivered almonds (garnish)
2 tablespoons of ghee (or butter)
In a medium skillet, heat the ghee (butter) over medium heat and sauté onions for roughly 3 -4 minutes. Onions should be a light brown and transparent when complete.
Add in the sugar, honey, mustard and 3 tablespoons of water. Combine well and allow sugar to dissolve. Next, toss in your fresh green beans. Make sure the beans are coated evenly. Stir frequently for 7-9 minutes.
- You can add additional amounts of water if you feel the glaze is too thick.
Remove from heat. Place on a serving plate, then garnish with orange or lemon zest and roasted almond slivers.
Pair it up!
Pair this great recipe with one of previous recipes for honey mustard chicken! These go well together and give you just the right amount of protein to keep you satisfied!
Total Time: 23 Minutes
Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Only 3 Ingredients for this Healthy Baked Honey Chicken Dijon Recipe
2 Chicken Breasts
1/4 cup of honey
1/4 cup of Dijon Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Ground Pepper (Optional)
* Make sure you adjust the rack in your oven to place the chicken on the lower middle rack. Then set it to bake at 375 degrees F.
In a bowl, mix the Dijon mustard and honey together. Line a baking sheet with foil then place the 2 chicken breasts on the foil. Using a Spoon poor 4 tablespoons of the honey Dijon mixture on top of the chicken.
FITNESS TIP: Don’t allow the spoon to touch the chicken and then dip it back in the honey/dijon! You don’t want salmonella to contaminate your mixture (you will need to use it later). Spread the honey mustard with a separate knife or spoon to coat the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with pepper (optional) then place it in the oven to cook. Place any remaining honey Dijon back in the fridge for later.
Depending upon the size and thickness of your chicken breasts, it could take as long as 25 – 30 minutes. If you want to check them with a cooking thermometer (like me), they should be 165 degrees when cooked. After cooking, let them sit for 5 minutes to cool. Then spread the remaining sauce on the top of the chicken. Serve while hot.
These low carb recipes are a great way to stay lean without sacrificing flavor! I’m a big fan of doubling the batch so that I can take them for lunches or add them to salads or rice.