Honey Dijon String Beans – Recipe


My horoscope had a theme over the weekend:

“You will be more likely to succeed if you are following your heart” and “Personally and professionally, following your heart and your dreams is the only way to go.”

I guess I was on to something for myself on Friday

running heart

I kept this in mind during Saturday’s long run which certainly needed the strength and determination of my heart.

My pace lately has been several seconds off and while that doesn’t sound like a lot, I have learned that an off pace for me signals too many days of running.

I forced a complete rest day upon myself yesterday so that my legs would be fresh and ready to tackle a run this morning.

Instead of running, I played around with a favorite recipe of mine from when I was a little girl.

honey dijon string beans

As a child (and really until I was about twenty) I was the most picky of eaters and certainly didn’t eat vegetables beyond the basic peas, carrots and corn. Except for string beans.

Growing up, my grandmother had a garden in her backyard where she would grow string beans.

I was never one for nature (and still have no use for my own garden since that would involve dirt) but I do recall picking string beans, bringing them inside and helping to break off the ends so that we could cook them.


You should know that my grandmother no longer has a garden; she is too busy living up life in Florida, dating and have her nails polished in various shades of Essie blues and purples. I am telling you, life begins after the age of 85.

Since the string beans were on sale this weekend (and blueberries were not which I don’t even want to talk about) I decided to make the Honey Dijon String Beans I recall loving as a kid.


I knew that the recipe involved Dijon Mustard and I knew that the finished beans were to be eaten cold but other than that, I wasn’t quite sure what the recipe entailed.

My mother was the one who often made this recipe so when I asked her what I needed, she wasn’t really sure.

I have no issue informing the world that my mother is not much of a cook; I don’t think she ever baked a cookie and aside from the string beans, the only other food I recall her having a recipe for is brisket.

Not a problem; I was able to determine my own recipe to recreate the delicious and cold string beans from my childhood.

Honey Dijon String Beans


  • String beans (I probably used a little over a pound)
  • Two heaping tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
  • One tablespoon of Honey (you can certainly add more but it doesn’t need it)
  • Coconut Oil Cooking Spray or less than One tablespoon melted coconut oil *

*I prefer coconut oil lately but use what you have on hand


Wash string beans and trim off the ends. Add strings beans to a pot of boiling water and let cook for about five minutes. Drain string beans from the water. In a bowl, combine string beans with oil followed by mustard and honey. Mix to coat.

Refrigerate before serving.

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Served cold, these string beans make a terrific appetizer, side dish, salad or snack that you totally just pick straight out of the bowl in your refrigerator.

honey dijon string beans in fridge

Confession: I ate all of the string beans straight from the refrigerator before they were even completely cold let alone before I could attempt to serve them along side any meal or offer to anyone else.

So the warm temperatures we experienced over the last few days seem to be gone for now. I want to complain and say that it’s not fair and that this year is worse weather-wise than last year but as I looked back at some of my posts from a year ago right around now, I was feeling the exact same way.

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I posted the above picture exactly a year ago when I complained about having to run inside on the treadmill.

I loved those rainbow Asics but they were so not comfortable!


Best thing you ate all weekend?

Did you eat vegetables as a kid?

Do you have to force yourself to take rest days?



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  1. says

    I was an absolute nightmare with food when I was a little kid. If it wasn’t chicken fingers, mashed potatoes, corn, mac n cheese, cereal, pancakes, or any kind of breakfast/dessert, I wouldn’t want to eat it. I’m pretty sure nothing green passed my lips before the age of 17, and even then it was iceberg lettuce 😆 When I look back to how I ate and compare it to how I eat now, I can’t even believe I’m the same person…

    • says

      Sounds exactly like me. Exactly. I didn’t touch broccoli until I was 22 and avocado just recently happened after the age of 30. Now there isn’t much I wont try and I cant think of a vegetable I dislike.

    • says

      Sounds exactly like me. Exactly. I didn’t touch broccoli until I was 22 and avocado just recently happened after the age of 30. Now there isn’t much I wont try and I cant think of a vegetable I dislike.

  2. says

    This recipe sounds so good! I would totally recreate this!! I have never had cold string beans and I bet they’re on point! I had some honey dijon mustard with a big fluffy pretzel on Saturday night (carb loading!) and it was SO SO good. I love that kind of mustard. 🙂
    My friend loved her rainbow Asics too until they just weren’t the best running shoes for her… At least they’re cute!! And sorry about the stormy weather coming your way. 🙁 If it makes you feel any better, we are going to have a cold front here in the south too.

  3. says

    First of all, these look AWESOME. Love string beans. Second of all is it weird that all the veggies you ate growing up were the ones I used to hate? And still kind of hate. Well just peas actually.

  4. says

    So funny – I just wrote about my grandma today. Working in her garden and snapping the string beans is one of my favorite memories. Every single time (much to my husband’s dismay) I have fresh beans and snap them I talk about doing the same thing with my grandma!!!

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