Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fresh Green Beans

On weekends we mostly eat leftovers from the week or easy meals, since it's our time to relax. So I don't have a meal to share, but I thought I would share an easy side that I make for lot's of my meals.

Fresh Green Beans!! They are so yummy. These taste so much better than frozen, and they are so easy!



Warning: Tonight we didn't measure anything, and Jared forgot to weigh the green beans so we are just going to estimate everything!

Ingredients:

Fresh Green Beans -of course- We grab about 3-4 big handfuls
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 large clove of garlic minced
1/2 TBL Butter
About 1 TBL of real bacon bits (I like the real Hormel bacon bits, the jar looks small but they have lasted a long time for us!)
Salt and Pepper



Instructions:

First thing you need to do is snap the tops and bottoms off of your green beans and then snap them in half. If you like longer green beans then don't both snapping them in half. This is a good time to get your husband or kids to chip in to make the process go a little quicker. Jared did a good job!


While you are snapping the green beans get a pot of water boiling. The amount of green beans we use fit in a 2qt pot perfectly! Once you are done snapping give them a good rinse.






Add the green beans to the boiling water and let them boil for about 5 minutes, this will keep them a little crunchy still so the softer you like them the longer you should boil them. While they are boiling chop your onion and garlic. Melt the butter in a sauce pan and add the onion and garlic and let those cook and soften. Once the green beans are done boiling drain them and RINSE THEM AGAIN! You will see after boiling them even more dirt will come off so you want to give them one more good rinse. Add them to the sauce pan with the onion and garlic. Add the bacon bit, and a couple shakes of salt and pepper. And you are all done!!




Tips and Tricks:
 You can just freeze them ahead of time! Buy lots of green beans ahead of time and wash and snap them. Boil them and then rinse them with COLD water. Separate them into the serving size you want and pack them in freezer bags and freeze. Then when you need them you can skip straight to putting them into the sauce pan. This is great on a Saturday when we aren't doing much I make a few bags full for the next few weeks. Don't my weekends just sound like a blast??

Hope this is helpful!
Happy cooking!


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