One-Pot Italian “Potatoes” & Green Beans

A few years ago, when I lived in Boston, I took this awesome “Italian One-Pot Dinners” cooking class with my sister-in-law, Mia.

We had this adorable little Italian lady, Maria, teach us her family favorites for easy, no-fuss dinners.

The one that really stood out to us was this simple Potatoes and Green Beans with Tomato Sauce.

I’m a sucker for anything with tomato sauce.

Every couple of weeks Mia and I would call each other to announce that we made it again because it was SO delicious and SO easy.

Ridiculously easy – you put everything in a pot at the same time and let it do its thing.

But, if you’re eating more of a paleo diet, trying to regulate your blood sugar, or trying to stay focused, white potatoes can be no bueno. “Ahhh carbs!

They are also a member of the nightshade family, which can inflame your joints and worsen arthritis.

So I decided to get sneaky and swap out the potatoes with cauliflower — it still gave the dish a nice hearty, tomato sauce-y flavor but with less starch, more fiber, and no crazy blood sugar spike and energy crash. Sweet!

Check out the recipe below to see how to make this super easy, rustic dish:



1 head of cauliflower
1 pound of green beans
3-5 peeled garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup tomato puree
Pinch of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Trim the ends off the green beans if you didn’t already get them pre-trimmed.
  2. Chop up cauliflower into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Put all of the ingredients – the cauliflower, green beans, garlic, tomato puree, salt, and pepper – into a large pot.
  4. Stir and heat up over medium heat.
  5. Cover the pot. Stir every 10 minutes or so.
  6. After 40 minutes…done!  Turn off heat and serve or save for later – leftovers are good for up to 3 days.
  7. Enjoy it alone, along with a green salad, or you want a bit more energy and focus, top it with a nice poached egg for some protein.

You won’t notice the difference.  I mean, look how delicious this looks:

Cauliflower Green Beans and Tomato Sauce

Cauliflower is a sneaky substitute for lots of gluten- or starch-laden dishes, like “mashed potatoes” and even pizza crusts! What is your favorite sneaky yet healthy substitute?

Stay tuned for the next episode – I’m going to show you how you can transform these cauliflower & green beans leftovers into a whole new dish…


  • Lanie says:

    Hey Heather!

    I made this tonight, and it looked really good in the video, but it was actually FANTASTIC. Worked out great because I had a shipload of green beans from the Farmers Market and I didn’t know what I was going to do with them. Thanx for the recipe 🙂


    • Heather says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Lanie! I was just saying that same thing to a friend, I made it again last week and I forgot that it tastes even better than it looks. Happy you now have something to do with all those Farmer’s Market leftovers!

  • Barbara says:

    Heather… this recipe feeds about how many? I want to make for a dinner party this weekend! Sounds great

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