Cajun Style Green Beans

  • 5MINS
  • 20MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 80KCAL

These flavoursome, slimming-friendly beans come seasoned with Cajun-style spices that’ll spice up your plate in an instant. We can't think of a tastier way to get our five a day!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories80
  • Carbs7.5g
  • Protein6.5g
  • Fat1.5g
  • Saturates0.3g
  • Sugars5.5g

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When you’re after a quick, tasty way to add some greens to your dinner, these crispy, Cajun-spiced beans are just the ticket. We love any excuse to spice things up a bit, which is why we’ve added a kick of Cajun-inspired heat to this veggie side!

We’ve kept the spice level relatively mild, but you can always ramp up the heat by adding more finely chopped fresh red chilli if you like. It’s not all about fiery flavours, either! We’ve added even more depth to our seasoning with onions, garlic and smoky bacon pieces.

The best part about this recipe is you can apply it to other flavour blends too. Add a twist by swapping out the Cajun seasoning for a fajita or peri-peri blend, whichever best suits your main dish!

What diets are these Cajun Style Green Beans suitable for?

This Cajun Style Green Beans recipe is suitable for gluten-free and dairy-free diets.

It can be made vegetarian and vegan as long as you swap out the following ingredients for vegetarian and versions, or leave them out altogether; 

  • Smoked bacon medallions

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly are these Cajun Style Green Beans?

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The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Cajun Style Green Beans?

You can find Cajun seasoning as a readymade blend in the condiments aisle in most supermarkets. We used one made by Schwartz.

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This Schwartz Cajun seasoning is the perfect blend for your beans!

A large frying pan will come in handy for this recipe and so many others.

How many calories are in these Cajun Style Green Beans?

There are 80 calories per portion in this Cajun Style Green Beans, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

This Cajun Style Green Beans is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray a large frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook gently for 8-10 minutes, until golden and softening.

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Step 2

Add the bacon and Cajun seasoning, stir and cook for 3-4 minutes until the bacon is cooked.

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Step 3

Increase the heat and add the frozen beans and lemon juice (there’s no need to defrost the beans first). Stir-fry for 5-6 minutes, until the beans are tender with a little ‘bite’, bright green and piping hot throughout.

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Step 4

Taste and season well if needed. Serve with a main dish of your choice!

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Cajun Style Green Beans - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

What could I serve with these Cajun Style Green Beans?

How do you know when Cajun Style Green Beans are cooked?

You should stir-fry these Cajun Style Green Beans until they’re tender with a little ‘bite’ to them. They’ll also be bright green and piping hot throughout. This will take around 5-6 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

How long can you keep Cajun Style Green Beans in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Cajun Style Green Beans in the fridge for approximately 1-2 days.

Can I freeze Cajun Style Green Beans?

We don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

How do I reheat Cajun Style Green Beans?

Place in a microwave proof container with a loosely-fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Cajun Style Green Beans

The flavoursome, Cajun style seasoning on these crunchy green beans will spice up your plate in an instant.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    20 MINS
  • KCals 80
  • Carbs 7.5G

Ingredients

  • 400 g frozen fine green beans
  • 1 medium onion peeled and sliced
  • 1 garlic clove peeled and crushed
  • 2 smoked bacon medallions cut into thin strips
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • low-calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Spray a large frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook gently for 8-10 minutes, until golden and softening.
  2. Add the bacon and Cajun seasoning, stir and cook for 3-4 minutes until the bacon is cooked.
  3. Increase the heat and add the frozen beans and lemon juice (there's no need to defrost the beans first). Stir-fry for 5-6 minutes, until the beans are tender with a little 'bite', bright green and piping hot throughout.
  4. Taste and season well if needed. Serve with a main dish of your choice!

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Recipe notes

Tip: This recipe would lend itself to using other seasoning blends. You could try using fajita seasoning or peri-peri seasoning, for example.

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