If you’re in search of delicious Mediterranean-style vegetarian dinner ideas, you need to put this wonderful Mediterranean green beans skillet on your menu! Once you try it, you’ll understand why we believe this is the best recipe for green beans.
Green beans are so underrated, right? Usually served as a side, there aren’t many recipes, where green beans are the star of the dish. Well, that’s over now! It’s your time to shine my little green friends!
Wonderfully flavorful and quick to make, this Mediterranean dinner is the easiest most delicious green bean recipe and will convince you green beans can be the main dish too.
You will love how effortlessly this gluten-free healthy meal comes together – it’s ready in about 15-20 minutes and you’ll only have one skillet to clean.
I highly recommend you serve this Mediterranean dish with some bread of choice as well as freshly chopped herbs or greens on top – it’s so tasty! I promise once you have a taste you’ll want to make it again and again and again.
So if you don’t know how to cook those frozen green beans, grab a bag and let’s do this!
Mediterranean Green Beans Skillet Ingredients
To make this simple vegetarian dish for dinner you’ll need super basic healthy ingredients – it’s just green beans, garlic, vegetables, feta and olives.
Green beans. When I was shooting the recipe, I used a wide type of green beans, which I now find out are called Italian or flat green beans. But honestly, this recipe will work with any type of frozen green beans you have available.
Feta Cheese. Also, you can use any type of white cheese you like. For example, Manouri cheese would be great as well and not as salty as feta.
Vegetables. I love bulking up my meals with vegetables, especially when they come in combination with garlic and feta. For this particular recipe, I used some peppers, tomatoes, arugula, and fresh herbs. If these aren’t in season when you’re making the skillet, you can also go for carrots instead of the red peppers, tomato paste or canned or frozen tomatoes instead of fresh ones, kale or spinach for greens and you can also add in some cauliflower or broccoli. The things I would definitely not skip here are the garlic and fresh herbs!
Olives. Use whichever type of olives you have available! I used pitted olives as I don’t like pits distracting me from my goal of devouring this delicious meal. I also like them green so that’s what you see in the pictures.
Tomato paste and red pepper flakes. You will need these two to bring the skillet together!
How To Make The Mediterranean Green Beans Skillet
Once you’ve gathered all the ingredients listed above, it’s time for them to come together and create the most beautiful flavorful Mediterranean recipe with green beans. Here’s how to make it for dinner:
Start by washing the vegetables and chopping them. So that’s bell peppers, red and yellow tomatoes, arugula and herbs. Peel and mince the garlic and chop the pitted olives as well.
Add the bell pepper, frozen green beans and tomatoes to a large skillet with olive oil and saute for about a minute, then cover with a lid for about 3-4 minutes.
Stir in tomato paste and add some water if needed, in order to build a good base for the skillet. Cover again and cook the vegetables for about 5-7 more minutes or until there’s no extra water in the skillet. Have a taste of the green beans to ensure they’re not too crunchy. If they are, cover for a few more minutes.
Stir in some crumbled feta cheese, olives, arugula, fresh herbs and garlic. Turn the heat off after 1-2 minutes and enjoy with bread of choice!
Your simple vegetarian meal with green beans is ready to serve!
How To Serve This Mediterranean Skillet
Well, as I mentioned, this Mediterranean recipe with green beans is definitely worthy of being the main dish! If you choose this option, then serve the green beans with some extra salad on the side and some bread of choice too.
For salad, I’d choose something based on leafy greens, maybe with some cucumber, since the flavors of the skillet are intense and you want to balance them out. However, we served this green bean skillet with just toasted bread and it was PERFECT. Again, feel free to use whichever type of bread you can have – gluten-free, paleo or even low-carb.
Now, if you’re in the mood for a more hearty dinner, you can definitely serve this skillet as a side as well. It will go really well with grilled meat or fish.
More Vegetarian Mediterranean Recipes
I hope you enjoy this delicious meatless Mediterranean recipe for green beans! And if you’re looking for even more healthy Mediterranean-style dinner ideas without meat, check out these recipes:
- 2 cups frozen green beans
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 5 yellow cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 cup arugula
- handful of basil
- 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup olives
- 1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
- Wash the vegetables and chop them - bell peppers, red and yellow tomatoes, arugula and herbs. Peel and mince the garlic and chop the pitted olives as well.
- Add the bell pepper, frozen green beans and tomatoes to a large skillet with olive oil and saute for about a minute, then cover with a lid for about 3-4 minutes.
- Stir in tomato paste and add some water (about 1/4 cup) if needed, in order to build a good base for the skillet. Cover again and cook the vegetables for about 5-7 more minutes or until there’s no extra water in the skillet. Have a taste of the green beans to ensure they’re not too crunchy.
- Stir in some crumbled feta cheese, olives, arugula, fresh herbs and garlic. Turn the heat off after 1-2 minutes and enjoy with bread of choice!
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 276Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 22mgSodium 378mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 11gSugar 12gProtein 12g