Green Beans & Caramelized Onions with Cranberry Chutney – Diabetes Friendly


I know! I know! Another Thanksgiving post!!😁😮😮

Promise, this is the second last one and the last one will be a bomb (as my daughter calls it).😂


Like cranbery relish/sauce/ chutney, a real thanksgiving table needs some green beans on the table. Most of the time, people prepare a green bean casserole with mushroom sauce and fried onions, but I wanted to create it healthier and appropriate for Diabetics. We should not forget that different kinds of people share the thanksgiving table with you. So why not a super delicious and easy peasy dish for them?

This is how I made it in under 10 minutes. Yes!! A last minute dish which will add to your feast and loved by all! My little girls couldn’t keep their hands off it. They kept eating and finished all. I had to create a second batch to click and served again. This dish goes well with any Italian or American meal!

Please Read at the bottom of the recipe, some tips as shared by Mrs. Geeta Kakade who is diabetic and shares her experiences and diabetes management tips with everybody selflessly. She runs a Facebook group called Diabetic Support Group, where she shares all her knowledge and experience. I learn a lot from her.

Green Beans & Caramelized Onions with Cranberry Chutney - Diabetes Friendly

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Green Beans & Caramelized Onions with Cranberry Chutney - Diabetes Friendly
Green Beans & Caramelized Onions with Cranberry Chutney – Diabetes Friendly

Kitchen Equipments Required

Chopping board, knife, heavy bottom hard anodized or non stick pan with lid, stirring spoon


Green beans – 1 pound or 8 oz or 230 gms. I used thin string beans,  without chopping.

Garlic – 3 pods, finely chopped

Onions – 1/2 cup, thinly sliced

Olive oil – 2 tsp

Lemon Juice – 2 tsp

Black pepper & Salt to taste

Parmesan Cheese – 2 tsp to sprinkle on top

Cranberry Chutney – 1 tsp. Click here for cranberry chutney


  1. Heat olive oil in the pan. Add garlic and onions to it. Cook on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes till onions are golden red.
  2. Now add washed green beans, salt and black pepper along with lemon juice. Toss it well. Lower the flame and cover with lid. Cook for 3-4 minutes till they are slightly tender but still crisp.
  3. Open the lid. Add 1 tsp of cranberry chutney. Toss well.
  4. Serve warm. This is such a delicious and hearty side.

An article by Geeta Kakade !

Topic: ‘Some ways a diabetic can  try to resist food overindulgence at festivals, during the holiday season and at get togethers all year round.’

Its a challenge…always a challenge. It doesn’t matter if you are in your own home or in someone else’s home: resisting the lure of food isn’t easy.
Here are some tips that help me when I’m at a party and I hope will help you.

  1. The day you’re going our, say for dinner, follow strict dietary guidelines for the other meals during the day. Balancing your sugar will give you a head start and will allow you to have a little ‘extra’.

  2. Don’t skip your exercise on this day…exercise helps regulate hunger pangs.

  3. Before you go out, eat a bowl of salad or some fruit…an apple works best for me.

  4. Insist on serving yourself, then stop and look at your plate before you eat…both for appetizers and main course. If someone forces you to have something by putting it on your plate, leave it there. I get rid of the stuff on my plate very discreetly.

  5. Remember food will always be there and the healthier you are the more you can continue to enjoy it at future parties. The meal you’re at is NOT your last meal.

  6. Respond to comments like, “What! That’s all you’re eating?” with a firm but pleasant comeback. I tell people I’m there for the company and I enjoy myself best if I don’t have to lose the next day to ‘not feeling well’ because I ate too much.

  7. Love sweets like I do? Make adjustments in the meal to accommodate your craving. I find skipping either the naan or the rice helps me at a party.

Okay so you read articles like this all the time and know what’s right. What happens when you still fall off the dietary wagon once in a way? No big deal! (as long as its not all the time.) Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back on…all we diabetics can do is keep trying to do our best.

Geeta Kakade, Diabetes Support Group.

Sharing another fit and delicious recipe along with holiday eating tips from my Indian American kitchen to yours!

Thank you Geeta Aunty! I think these tips will come handy not only to diabetics but people like me who are always trying to watch out what they eat :).




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