Need a new take on green beans in your rotation?
Green Bean Bundles are super easy to pull together. They can be used as a go-to element in a hectic weeknight meal, or work just as well as part of a special dinner.
BONUS – This is a dish that even young kids can help to prepare.
If I can get my kids in the kitchen helping me…not only do I get help, but I also get some updates about what is going on in their lives as they are doing the work. It is a win-win! I have boys. They are known for not saying much. Sharing happens in the nooks and crannies of life. Now that they are getting older, I no longer have carpool to facilitate my eavesdropping. If I can get them to share a bit of small talk during a task, I learn about how they are really doing. Nothing warms my heart more as a mom.
Trust me when I say that the bacon lures them in!
Everything is better with bacon, right?
These beans also come together quickly. I recommend them for fancier dinners as well. They are delicious, look as good as they taste; not to mention are easy to pull together without adding any logistical hassle to your overall prep.
Do you have any quick go-to vegetable recipes that are your favorites? Are you willing to share? We’d love hear about your approach.
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Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles
- Wash and trim the green beans. [Shortcut: buy French green beans that are pre-washed and have had the stem-end trimmed.] NOTE: If you use Blue Lake (large) green beans, blanch them before making them into bundles.
- Cut strips of bacon in half (to make them shorter), then in half again (lengthwise this time) to create narrow strips.
- Make bundles by spiral-wrapping the bacon around 'small handfuls' of beans. Use about 5 French beans (or 3 Blue Lake beans) per bundle.
- Lay the bacon-wrapped bean bundles on a jelly roll pan (or a cookie sheet covered with foil). You are going to want edges on your pan to contain the bacon fat. Sprinkle liberally with brown sugar. Also add a bit of salt and pepper.
- Bake at 375 degrees until done - about 15 minutes.