Special Green Beans

Do you ever want to make something different but not too weird? Or an everyday dish that’s dressed up a little?

Thursday, I was in charge of making lunch for my dad, brother, grandfather, and sister. Meatloaf, baked potatoes, apple slices, and bread made up the menu. Green beans sounded like a good idea, but I did NOT want plain, boiled green beans with a little butter and salt. Vegetables should be delicious. And please, please, PLEASE don’t smother low-calorie vegetables with butter and cream cheese and cheese sauce!

I found a recipe that helped me get started: The Best Vegan Green Bean Casserole. Please note, Special Green Beans are not vegan, but please be assured that they are quite healthy. I’ll include nutrition at the bottom of the post.

I had fun mixing up this dish, and I probably enjoyed them more than the rest of the family did. (That’s probably because I’m a vegetable lunatic!) Ah. Green beans covered with a creamy sauce speckled with onions, mushrooms, and bacon bits. Oh yes, and don’t forget the cracker crumbs on top! That’s an idea I got from The Pioneer Woman, but I just realized that she put crackers on broccoli, not green beans. Oh well!

Let’s get on to the recipe!

Special Green Beans

1 pkg. (probably 12 oz.) frozen green beans

2 tsp. coconut oil, olive oil, or butter

1/2 cup onion, diced

3 mushrooms, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 slice turkey bacon (I used Applegate Farms)

1/2 cup 2% milk

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 T. cornstarch

Salt and pepper to taste

4 crackers (like Ritz, I used Late July)

Boil the green beans in salted water until tender, 7-8 minutes.

In a small saucepan, saute onions, mushrooms, and garlic in oil until vegetables are wilted. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine milk, chicken broth, and cornstarch. Add to vegetables; cook and stir until sauce is hot and bubbly. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Drain green beans and place in a serving bowl. Pour the sauce over them. Crumble the crackers on top, and serve immediately.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Nutrition Facts: (1/6 of a recipe) 76 calories, 2.7g fat, 1.6g saturated fat, 2mg cholesterol, 11.1g carbohydrates, 3.1g fiber, 3.3g protein.

Try these out if you’re looking for something new to do with green beans! Remember? Something different but not too weird. An everyday dish that’s dressed up a little.

What is your favorite thing to do with green beans?

Well, that’s all for now!

Because He lives,

~rachel~

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