“Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.”
For reasons which are yet to fully be explained, I’ve been hopelessly drawn to veggies for the past several months. Cutting, chopping my way through many new dishes, finding some favorites and making them until I got them just right for me.
We all have a food craving weaknesses. For some it’s french fries, a burger, handful of chips, candy, chocolate… me? Um, I crave KFC Green Beans. Oh Yummy, in a warm earth clogging foam container! Confession: On one or more occasion I may or may not have eaten an entire large side of Green Beans alone for dinner. OK, so I’m guilty of eating them for breakfast too! I’m sorry! I can’t help it. They are my favorite temptation food.
After possibly polishing off a whole side of salty bean goodness, the guilt creeps up and I get the nagging feeling I should cut out the middle man and create my own joyful bean fix.
To the kitchen, you wearers of aprons, Domestic Engineers and bean lovers!
We have important work to do! Feed Our People! Let them eat… Way better than KFC Because Meg Said So, GREEN BEANS!
My friends, I shoot for healthy and easy. Anytime I can streamline something, I do. I share with you the way I do it. I’m thrilled if it works for you but certainly, my way is not the only way. I’m always excited to hear new ways to do something or a tip that gets me thinking.
I used about 1 lb. of Fresh Green Beans, you are always welcome to double up your recipe if you your expecting a heard of hungry people. Snap the ends off and discard them. Put your Green Beans in a pot that has a lid.
Chop up a small onion and a Bell Pepper. For this recipe I would usually use a nice Red or Orange/Yellow Pepper as it tastes wonderful but stands out as a beautiful pop of color. What gives Meg! Why the bad picture of a green pepper? There is a reason for everything, right? Well, my green peppers were on sale 2 for .37 cents!? Please forgive my cheap rear for it can’t help a really good deal that can stretch for a couple of meals!
Toss your onions and peppers into your pot. Toss in some fresh garlic, minced garlic or garlic salt to taste. Are you getting the garlic message? garlic. Garlic and I have been having a love affair for years! I love to eat just plain roasted garlic alone. I’m weird. So remember not all people enjoy garlic quite as much as I do but be generous as you’ll be adding water in there to simmer and break up the flavor.
I sprinkle my pot generously with Season Salt and Pepper. If you added fresh garlic and not garlic salt, I like to sprinkle my pot with some Kosher salt. I like the way it brings the flavors out of what ever it’s working with.
Parents of the world… you’ll understand, sometimes we do things for the sake of our kids, make sure to blame them for the reason why we’re doing it but then secretly appreciate that it’s that way, anyway. Luc has brought us to this next fine lazy Mom approved step…
Bacon! ( Optional yet oh so awesome!)
This next step is a snap, open your bag of Hormel Real Bacon Crumbles http://www.hormelfoods.com/brands/hormel/hormelbacontoppings.aspx. You can fry up 3-5 slices of bacon if you’d like. I salute you if you do! I usually am trying to get things together so I can get to the next thing pressing and quite honestly, I don’t make great bacon.
Hey, don’t Judge!
I’m not afraid to keep stinking at it until someday, I’ll have it licked BUT I’ve made it hundreds of times now. I think it’s just one of those things I can admit, you might rather order out for.
Anywho, Luc does not like Green Beans but I can ALWAYS get him to eat a little bit of anything that has bacon in it. I know, I’m rotten and have a lounge chair waiting me in the underworld for baconing green beans just to sneak them by my children a little easier. It’s like Mary Poppins spoon full of sugar, just in a salty porkish kinda way!
Toss a handful of bacon crumbles in your pot, if you dare and then add just enough water to cover the ingredients.
Here’s where it get’s even easier… if you can believe that’s possible!
Put your pot on the stove on medium high heat and bring the pot to a boil.
When it reaches a boil. Stir it, put the lid on and reduce the temperature to a simmer for 30 minutes.
I stir it every 10 minutes or so.
When your beans are done, serve right from the pot using a slatted spoon. If you transfer them to a serving bowl, be sure to add some of the liquid from the pot for taste but also because green beans will cool rapidly when set at room temperature.
This takes less than 10 minutes to prep and then you really don’t have to do much else until you eat!
Love to serve these at a BBQ’s, tossed into a crockpot for potluck and large dinners. Leaves your time free to work on other delicious creations you’ll be serving that evening. What ever your doing in the kitchen, do it with all the love you can and it will show.
Beans are not fruits nor are they musical,