Simply Green Beans and Mushrooms

Jamie picked pound after pound of green beans this summer, so as you can imagine we ate them in a variety of ways. I even created a new recipe which I call “Simply Green Beans and Mushrooms.” It’s a sauté of green beans, mushrooms, and dried tomatoesanother super fast and easy dish to make even on a busy work night! Wowsa it’s good, AND it pairs really well with my Fancy Quinoa Pesto 🙂

I’m fortunate that the markets in my area sell Hokto Kinoko‘s brand white beech (aka bunapi-shimeji) mushrooms. Feel free to substitute with shiitake, button mushrooms, or baby bellas (cremini) if you aren’t so lucky to have white beech mushrooms available.

Package of Hokto Kinoko brand white beech mushrooms
Green beans and mushrooms sautéed together in skillet
Green beans and mushrooms sautéed together in skillet
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Simply Green Beans and Mushrooms

Course: side dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 side dish servings
Calories: 70kcal

Equipment

  • large covered non-stick skillet

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup (2 Tablespoons) sliced dried tomatoes
  • 1/8 cup (2 Tablespoons) water
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces white beech mushrooms (or other mushrooms of your choice)
  • 8 ounces green beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Combine the sliced dried tomatoes with the water. Set aside.
  • If using Hokto Kinoko's brand of white beech mushrooms, trim the base as the package describes.
  • Prepare the string beans by snipping off the ends, then cutting into halves or thirds.
  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a bit of mushroom. When it begins to sizzle add the rest of the mushrooms, separating them as you go along. Add the salt and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes or until the mushrooms sweat and brown a little.
  • Add the green beans, rehydrated tomato slices, and the soaking water to the pan and stir. Cover the pan and steam until the beans turn a bright green and become tender with a crunch.

Nutrition

Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional benefits of mushrooms

Beech is just one variety of mushrooms to rotate into your diet. It’s wise to eat a variety of mushrooms on a regular basis for their nutritional and health benefits. Per a meta-analysis studying the association between mushroom consumption and cancer, it was found that “higher mushroom consumption was associated with lower risk of total cancer,” breast cancer in particular. So mush up!

Beech, like all mushrooms, are low in calories and fat; they contain a moderate amount of fiber. Here is the nutrition label on Hokto’s beech mushrooms.

Label on package of beech mushrooms
Beech mushrooms nutrition label
Display of a variety of edible mushrooms
Such a beautiful display of edible mushrooms 🙂

Nutrients in green beans

Green beans contain a goodly amount of vitamin K, which the body uses for blood clotting, which in turn helps woulds to heal. They also contain vitamins A, C, B6, and B9 (folate), calcium, silicon, iron, manganese, potassium, and copper.

If you enjoy Simply Green Beans and Mushrooms, you may also like my Dairy-Free Green Bean Casserole and my Green Beans with Okra and Dill recipes.

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