Quick and Easy Purple Green Beans [Guest Post]

I’m so excited to share today’s guest post with you because Anna is a local blogger here in Richmond! She’s a food lover like me and she offered to share her recipe for quick and easy purple green beans! Please welcome Anna to the blog!

quick and easy purple green beans

Farmers Markets. I love them. Even when they are busting with people and you just want to scream, “FIRE!”, so that the crowds will part and you can lazily stroll the stalls, touch all the fresh fruit and veg., and just dream up the recipes. But, creating mass chaos so that you can get the choicest of basil stems is not the best socially minded action. Thus, I show decorum and just fuss at people under my breath.

My local Farmers Market, South of the James, is open year round and it might be the Mrs. Yoder’s Donuts that keep me coming back rather than the abundance of beautiful organic produce, put to the public, it’s the beautiful organic produce. And maybe the country style sausage biscuits. Maybe. On my last trip I looked upon a sea of green beans and saw these amazing deep purple ones. My hand went straight for the deep purple hue. Because, different is beautiful and also- eat the rainbow!

purple beans

Earlier this year, I learned my favorite way to prepare green beans through one of those home delivery deals. It was either Blue Apron or Home Chef, I can’t remember. The preparation is so simple, so quick and so stinking delicious that it has me chomping down a double (let’s face it- all of them) size portion into my mouth. While like Liz, I heart vegetables, sometimes I other stuff myself on cheese and carbs and, Ack- meat. But, not with these green beans. And the ease and short time preparation make them a no brainer weeknight go to for busy people who need a vegetable side dish. And if you have some leftover, they’d make a great addition to a salad, but who are we kidding? Leftovers. Pah!

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Quick and Easy Purple Green Beans
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
  • 6 cups green beans
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  1. Wash your beans then snap the ends off of all the beans. You are taking off about ¼-1/2 inch
  2. depending on how long the skinny tales are. Discard the ends.
  3. Heat the olive oil and water a heavy bottom, large pan or dutch oven over medium heat.
  4. When the oil is hot, add the green beans. Stir to coat.
  5. Let them sit for 5 minutes or so. You should start to hear them pop.
  6. When you hear some popping, stir, then cover the pot and let them cook for 5-7 more minutes.
  7. Uncover, check doneness (the longer they cook, they less crisp they are).
  8. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  9. Serve warm and try not to eat all of them as you bring them to the table.


*Who knew that purple green beans turn green when you cook them? I didn’t either. You learn something new every farmer’s market.

These quick and easy green beans can be on the table in 15 minutes! It's a perfect healthy side dish!

-Anna of Sugar and Sassafras

What’s your favorite vegetable to get at the farmer’s market?


  1. I didn’t know purple beans existed! How interesting. And they turn green when cooked ha! Do they taste any different? I should watch out for them next time we go. And it’s really hard to pick a favorite – we kind of go crazy when we’re there lol!

  2. I love the variety you can find at a farmers market! Love purple green beans!

  3. Oh how yummy, I found a lot of purple beans in the farmers market last year but haven’t seen them yet this year. I do hope they come in, I didn’t plant any this year.

  4. I love the simplicity of this recipe! I have a lot of green beans sitting in my refrigerator now, so I know what my family will enjoy for dinner tonight! Thanks!

  5. Oh my God! Purple beans turn into green after cooking?? Now that is new and very interesting!

  6. Aren’t purple green beans the best? They are absolutely magical to me. We grow them many years and I never tire of their presto-chango act. 🙂

  7. Did your husband tell you that his grandpa Thomson used to grow the purple green beans. It was such a treat to get his homegrown beans every year.

  8. We’re both on the purple page today! These are breathtaking 🙂

  9. The purple beans are so pretty!

  10. how cool is this. i have never seen purple beans..although i have seen some with red shades but never cooked with it. thank you for sharing this Anna.

  11. I had no idea that there were green beans that start out purple and then turn green when you cook them! How cool!

  12. Thank you guys and Liz! How fun. My first guest posting to boot!

  13. My mum has grown purple green beans before and gave me some, not telling me I was in for a – slightly disappointing – surprise upon cooking. They reminded me a little of those colour-changing spoons that sometimes came with cereal boxes when I was little.

  14. Too funky! I would have never guessed that the beans would change color. This looks delish, thanks for sharing!

    I went to the South of the James Farmer’s Market for the first time last weekend and I was in HEAVEN! And now I definitely understand you reference to needing to clear the street.

  15. Hey guys. My site was down today. Of all days!!!!! But, thanks to some magical tech-heads it’s back up. Would love to have there. Thanks Liz!!!!

  16. Ooh yes, that’s so neat that you got home deliveries in order to try these delicious looking ‘purple’ beans. 🙂 They look so fresh and delicious.

  17. Wow! I need to look out for these the next time I go to the farmer’s market. Love how they turn green!

  18. I loveee green beans but I don’t think i’ve ever had purple ones!

    We are at the farmer’s market most weekends as we love all the produce there. Because it’s literally just been picked, it tastes so much better and you can find so many different things you wouldn’t find at the grocery store!

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