Slightly Savory Saturday—Althea’s Chinese Style Green Beans

Growing up as a PK (preacher’s kid) I had the opportunity to be at many church suppers, potlucks and the like.  If you are like me you know that there are always some of the best dishes in the land that come out of these church supper gatherings.

I was feeling a little bit of nostalgia when I made this incredibly simple but filling dish this past week as on my handwritten recipe card I saw the name of Althea Carmany next to the recipe name.  Yes—a “church lady” from my childhood and when I moved out and copied down some of my mom’s recipes from her recipe box this was one of them.

There is absolutely no right or wrong way to make this dish but it is wonderful in its simplicity.  The written recipe card just serves as a reminder to make it every now and then.greenbeans

Green Beans—Chinese Style

Brown in an electric skillet:

1 pound ground beef (I use the leanest I can find or ground turkey)

1 onion, chopped finely


  3-4 cups green beans (I used frozen this time and substituted half beef broth/half water for liquid)

  1 cup bean juice

Thicken mixture with cornstarch.  I usually add about a tablespoon cornstarch to the liquid before I put it in the skillet and whisk till it is mixed well before adding to the mixture in the skillet.

Serve over cooked rice and season with soy sauce.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Water chestnuts would also be a great addition to this dish—I wish I would have thought of that before I gobbled it down this week.  Next time!



  1. I would LOVE this – not sure about Motor Man….he’d just prefer hamburger steak and “plain” ol’ green beans! Thanks for sharing: I may make this, and eat it all myself! 😉

  2. Looks good.

  3. We could do this! We like green beans with little red potatoes, adding the burger and onion would really make it a meal!

  4. Sounds (and looks) good! You just can’t go wrong with those good old church supper recipes. I have several church cookbooks and there are some great recipes in them.

  5. Mushrooms might be good with it too. 😉

  6. This looks great. I love green beans! I’ll add the water chestnuts and make it next week.

  7. Tis the season of church dinners. They are the best. I did not grow up with church dinners. But as an adult, I certainly discovered them.

  8. I remember fondly the church suppers in our rural community. Of course the food was amazing as all the church women only brought their very best dishes. I have two cookbooks put together by the UCW with mom’s and her friends recipes. My mom’s speciality was case kuchen. (a German type of cheese cake, so good)

  9. Helen Brown says:

    This recipe sounds easy to make and god to eat.

  10. looks so yummy!

  11. My hubby hates green beans so this wouldn’t go down well at my place!

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