Delicious and easy green bean recipe

by Amy on 06/08/2011


Homemade Green Beans
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Green beans are a long time family favorite that most people enjoy eating. They are a great source of many important nutrients, including Vitamin C, Vitamin K, B vitamins, silicon (in a form that is more easily absorbed by the body than that found in many other foods), magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, a wide variety of carotenoids (including lutein, beta-carotene, violaxanthin, and neoxanthin) and flavonoids (including quercetin, kaemferol, catechins, epicatechins, and procyanidins). Green beans are even a source of omega-3 fatty acids!

Who knew?

Most of the green beans consumed in this country, however, are usually dumped out of cans and very often microwaved. This turns a healthful vegetable into a toxic burden for the body. Not only are many of the nutrients lost in the canning process, especially delicate B vitamins, but commercial cans bring with them the added threat of BPA exposure.

Very often canned green beans contain water (probably not of the highest quality) and refined salt, which should never be consumed. And, if you are putting things in the microwave, well, you’re not only denaturing the food, removing all benefit, but microwaving food also creates cancer-causing toxins.

Ok, sorry for the tangent. Back to the green beans- and not just any green beans, but probably the most delicious green beans you’ve ever had!

Just like Grandma’s Green Beans
by Amy Love, Real Food Whole Health

3 TBL bacon drippings (from uncured, pastured pork bacon- not the store-bought junk)*
1 large organic yellow onion, chopped
2 lbs green beans, washed, ends/strings removed (fresh is best, frozen is ok, organic preferred)
3-5 garlic cloves, peeled, smashed and, optionally, diced
Unrefined sea salt, to taste (I used about 1-2 tsp.)
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 tomato, chopped
1/3 – 1/2 cup homemade chicken stock
Optional: pieces of uncured pastured pork bacon, cooked, crumbled

In a stockpot, over medium heat, melt bacon drippings and add onion. Cook until onion is just starting to soften, around 3 minutes. Add in green beans and stir to coat well with bacon drippings.

Add garlic, salt, pepper and tomato. Stir well. Place lid on pot and allow to cook, over medium heat, for about 7-8 minutes, stirring if needed. Do not allow the pot to cook dry- you can add a bit more fat if you need to.

Then, add the chicken stock, and optional bacon pieces. Cover. When stock has come up to temperature, reduce heat to low and simmer about 45 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring when needed.

I like my green beans soft, where the onion and tomato almost disappear. When finished, the garlic should be very soft and you can smash it with the back of your stirring spoon and mix it in well. Most of the liquid should be evaporated, if there is still a lot of chicken stock, you can bring the beans to a boil with the lid off and cook until it has reduced.

*Can use coconut oil, butter or ghee in place of bacon drippings, but it might not be as good :)

Excellent served with homemade grassfed, gluten free meatloaf!



Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer June 8, 2011 at 10:41 am

I love green beans. I think I am actually addicted to them! This looks delish and will be trying once my garden tomatoes pop. I did not know about the omega three’s= awesome. I often mention that we need to eat like our granmda’s used to so I like this one :)


Amy June 8, 2011 at 11:12 am

Thanks, Natasha! They are so tasty :) Hope you love it!


Diana June 8, 2011 at 11:18 am

I love green beans. This looks fab. One of my favorite things is to saute green beans with a sweeter onion. I love how the onion caramelizes a bit and is the perfect flavor to go with the green beans.

Oh, and canned beans = gross. They just don’t taste good! :)


Amy June 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

I agree! And, you’re right, you can’t have green beans without onions, lol :)


Judy June 9, 2011 at 7:53 am

Growing up on the farm, we always added bacon fat to our green beans–reminds me of home :)


Amy June 9, 2011 at 10:03 am

Delicious AND nutritious :)


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