Jess, oh I know what you are saying!!! I make a mean, green bean dish!!! I like to have my green beans Frenched, that seems to bring out the best of the best as far as flavour goes.
Anyways, I do not follow a recipe, but what I do follow is that:
green beans, anyway you like them cut or cooked
A white sauce (just like a cheese sauce, but the cheese omitted, or leave the cheese in, that would be good too)
a whack of bacon cooked
Add the bacon to the beans/sauce, oh that be so yummy!!! I actually have some brussels sprouts in the fridge right now, I think I am going to slice them up as you say, cook a few of those wonderful onions (I do so love scallions, smiling, oh so good) and add some of those them there pine nuts, oh yes, you got a good dinner idea coming on. Beautiful day in this great life, attract great health. Cindi