When I was growing up, certain relatives loved green bean casserole in all of its goopy glory. It was admittedly never my favorite. It became even less so when I realized when I was older what ingredients went into it. So, if you are like me and think that green bean casserole is a tradition best put to rest, here are some recipes that allow green beans to shine on Thanksgiving or for any meal.

1. Not Your Mother’s Green Bean Casserole: First, if you like the traditional casserole but just don’t enjoy the ingredients used, Alton Brown shares a much more gourmet, and healthier version. I could enjoy this one.

2. Healthy Green Bean Casserole with Pumpkin Seed Crumble: For another take on a healthier version of green bean casserole, this recipe uses pumpkin seeds as part of a crumbly topping.

3. Green Beans, Potatoes and Spinach in Coconut Curry: For something completely different, try this spin on curry that can even stand alone as a meal in a pinch.

4. Garlicky Green Beans: Thanksgiving on my husband’s side is never complete without his mother's garlicky green beans. This dish is delicious and flavorful without being pretentious.

5. Long-Simmered Green Beans: Thanksgiving on my side of the family is never the same without my Grandpa’s recipe for long-simmered green beans. I think it was growing up on this recipe that ruined me for green bean casserole. I love this recipe!

So there are just a few examples of how to make delicious green beans without resorting to a can of creamed soup and fried onions. Green beans deserve a little care, and when treated right, they are a tasty addition to any meal.

Do you have a favorite way of preparing green beans?

Don't give up on green beans for Thanksgiving
Green beans deserve more attention this Thanksgiving. These recipes are healthy and delicious.