sauteed beans side dish
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Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas or Beans ~ A Colorful Sidedish

I Love these sauteed sugar snap peas. The color is gorgeous, and even kids gobble them up. Fresh, crunchy, quick, and healthy. They taste great too!  I even grab the leftovers from the fridge and eat them cold the next day.

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You will need a few simple ingredients to make this great-tasting side dish.

Add leftovers to a stir-fry or salad the next day. Snack on them or take them in your lunch chilled…delicious.

To Make Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas or Beans, You Will Need These 4 Ingredients:  

  • Olive oil
  • Minced garlic
  • Lean ham (omit for vegan)
  • Fresh sugar snaps peas or green beans. Frozen is fine too.

We eat large portions of vegetables, so our serving sizes might be larger than a standard measurement.

If you count weight watcher points, it could vary slightly depending on the amount of protein added. Following the recipe above, one heaping cup would be about 1.5 points, maybe slightly less.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! I find this side dish goes with everything.


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5 from 1 vote

Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas or Beans

A quick and tasty side dish that is ready in less than 15-minutes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 15 minute recipe, allergy-friendly, corn-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, low fat, nut-free, sauteed green beans, sauteed sugar snap peas, side dish, soy-free, WW
Author: Mary Krick


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 oz lean ham cooked and cut into small pieces. (omit for vegan)
  • 2 lbs fresh sugar snap peas or green beans. Frozen is fine too.


  • In a large electric skillet add about 1 Tbsp olive oil; heat it up between medium and high.
  • Add 1 heaping Tbsp minced garlic. Add 2 if you are like me and really like garlic!
  • Let cook about 3 minutes. Add finely chopped leftover ham, pork, turkey whatever you’ve got. Or go meatless. Cook another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add sugar snap peas or green beans and start tossing to cook evenly. Turn the heat up to high, but keep tossing so the veggies don’t burn.
  • Salt and pepper to taste as you toss. When the peas or beans are heated through… is done and ready to serve. I like mine crunchy so sautéed to preferred doneness.
  • We eat large portions of vegetables, so our serving sizes might be larger than a standard measurement.

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  1. 5 stars
    These turned out really tasty. I’ll probably mince fresh garlic next time instead of using jarred minced garlic. Even though the garlic burned, the beans were still so good!

    1. I’m glad you liked them, this is definitely one of my favorite side dishes. Fresh garlic is always wonderful isn’t it? Thanks for sharing Lara.

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