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During our shopping trip the other day, I grabbed a bag of green beans. The last time I bought one, I used about half, forgot about the rest and it ended up in the compost. Such a terrible thing to happen to perfectly lovely green beans. As impulse buys go, though, green beans is a better impulse than some.
I swore this time I wouldn’t let any fruits or vegetables end up in the compost, so tonight I was making barbequed pork chops and figured green beans would be a wonderful side dish. But then, what kind of green beans? Plain is fine….little butter and yum, but I am trying to expand my recipe list, therefore plain isn’t going to cut it.
As always, I poked around until I found some recipes for green bean casseroles. Again, I took what I wanted and made a pleasing result.
Ingredients: (15 minutes prep and sauce cooking – 20 minutes baking time – 35 minutes total)
- ¾ lb green beans (I used half the package and it was 1.5lb)
- ½ medium onion, diced
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 3-4 pieces of bacon
- ¼ cup water
- 2 TB Dijon mustard
- 2 TB dried parsley (use fresh if you have it, I didn’t)
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 TB lemon juice
- 3-4 TB French fried onions (or Keto friendly breadcrumbs or crunched up pork rinds)
Put the green beans in your baking dish – I used an 8×8 pan. Preheat the oven to 350F.
Cook the bacon in a frying pan large enough to fit the cheese and other ingredients. When the bacon is done, chop it up and add it to the beans – DON’T dump the bacon grease.
Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease and add the onions to the remaining grease. Sauté the onions until they are translucent. Once there, add the garlic and sauté that for a minute or so.
Add the cream cheese, Dijon, lemon juice and Worcestershire. Mix very well and get the cream cheese melted. Add the quarter cup of water – just to thin the sauce a little.
Pour the sauce over the beans, sprinkle with some French fried onions and pop into the oven for 20 minutes or so.
Take it out and serve. I won’t tell if you dump the whole works onto your plate – it’s pretty good.
6 Servings 126 calories 7g carbs 2g fibre 9g fat 4g protein