I love me some Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon!
I know when you were younger there were certain vegetables that your parents would make you eat that you didn’t particularly like. For instance, I couldn’t stand eating peas. I would swallow them. I never ate them. My mom would make us beans from time to time and I couldn’t stand those either. I would act like they made me sick to get out of eating them (worked every time). Another thing my mom tried to get us to eat when we were younger was liver. It was the nastiest thing that I ever had to eat in my entire life. I remember one time I saw that my mother was thawing out liver for us to have for dinner, so I would poke the liver when I went into the kitchen so it would fall apart. It worked! We didn’t eat liver that night and in fact, that was my mother’s last attempt at feeding us liver. Maybe the look of it disgusted her and she decided not to try it again.
This is a side note, I learned that I will never make my children eat things that I didn’t enjoy eating as a kid prepared the same way I received it as a kid. I told myself that I will find fun and delicious ways of making yucky foods taste really yummy for kids. We have a few years for those recipes to occur.
The one vegetable that I liked was green beans (that is because my mom would sprinkle sugar on them). Nevertheless, they were and are one of my favorite vegetables that I enjoy eating. For the longest, I would boil them with bacon. I stopped doing that because I realized that I’m cooking all of those great nutrients out of them. So, I started sauteing them. I usually just put them in a pan with some olive oil and some garlic, but this time I added some bacon. Bacon makes everything taste better. I hardly eat the red meat but when I do, its magic. I picked these green beans from my garden so I can really say that I made this dish ALL THE WAY from scratch. I recommend that you go to a local Farmers Market or local natural grocery store and buy about 2 pounds of fresh green beans and make this dish. I think your kids, young or old, will love them!
- 2 lbs. fresh green beans
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 5-6 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
- kosher salt and pepper, to taste
- Clean the green beans by rinsing them thoroughly under water. With food shears, snip off the ends of the green beans. Be sure to snip off any damaged ends of the green beans as well.
- In a large sauce pan drizzle the 3 tablespoons of olive oil on medium high heat. Place the green beans in the pan and place a lid over them for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, go back and stir and place the lid back on top of the green beans and allow to cook for another 5-7 minutes. You can cook longer if you don't want your green beans to be as crunchy. It is completely up to you.
- Add the bacon, garlic, and season with salt and pepper and allow to cook for another 3-5 minutes just long enough to cook the garlic. Serve!