Green beans are a staple in my house. We eat them fresh from the garden during the summer after steaming them and adding a little butter and salt, which is my family’s favorite way to eat green beans. We also eat canned green beans during the winter, either with onions and bacon or cooked up in green bean casserole. Sometimes we buy frozen bags of green beans to heat and eat as well.
Aldi appears to have added a few newer frozen vegetable options during the past year or so, and one of those options is a green bean dish with cashews and miso sauce. My family recently gave it a try.
Specially Selected Green Beans with Cashews and Miso Sauce cost $3.99 for a 10-ounce package at the time of publication.
These are a Regular Buy or core range product, which means you should be able to find them at Aldi any time of year.
Miso is a popular ingredient in Japanese dishes. It’s a fermented paste typically made with soybeans, a grain such as rice or barley, salt, and koji (a type of mold). This Aldi green bean dish lists rice, soybeans, sea salt, and koji as the ingredients in the miso. Miso can be added to soups, salad dressings, or anything you want to have an umami or savory flavor.
If you’re watching out for allergens, these Aldi green beans contain egg, milk, soy, and tree nuts (cashews).
One package contains 2.5 servings, and a 1-cup serving (110 grams) has 110 calories, 5 grams of total fat (6% DV), 1 gram of saturated fat (5% DV), no cholesterol, 250 mg of sodium (11% DV), 12 grams of total carbohydrates (4% DV), 3 grams of dietary fiber (11% DV), 5 grams of total sugars, 1 gram of added sugars (2% DV), and 4 grams of protein.
The package has directions for preparing the green beans on the stove top. Preheat a nonstick pan over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of oil and carefully place the green bean mixture in the pan. Leave vegetables undisturbed for 3 minutes to achieve nice caramelization. Sauté for another 3 minutes, mixing often, until fully cooked. Let rest for 1-2 minutes. Transfer vegetable mix to a serving dish, snip the corner of the 1-ounce sauce pouch with scissors, and drizzle the sauce on top of the vegetables.
I served this as a side dish alongside Fremont Fish Market Tempura Shrimp from Aldi. It would also go well with sushi or other Japanese or Asian-inspired foods.
There are plenty of diced cashews and chopped red onions in this side dish. The sauce is unique, and these green beans might be a bit of an acquired taste if you haven’t had anything with miso sauce before. The sauce has a pungent flavor that is good, but different. It might not be everyone’s favorite, depending on taste preferences, but this dish is worth trying if you’re a foodie who enjoys sampling various types of cuisine, if you’re fond of Japanese dishes, or if you’re trying to add some different types of vegetables to your diet.
Specially Selected Green Beans with Cashews and Miso Sauce is a newer frozen side dish at Aldi within the past year or so. Miso is a fermented soybean-based paste that is popular in Japanese dishes. It has a tangy, pungent flavor that nicely and uniquely complements the green beans.