Friday, September 13, 2013

Canned green beans that taste good #dinner

So, I have a healthy eating dilemma. I am a complete carb-a-holic. I love pasta, breads, and potatoes. I don't shy away from meat, either. Chicken, steak, ham... all yum in my book. I guess you could say I am a true "meat and potatoes" kind of girl! I blame it on my Southern charm.

So my dilemma... I know I need to eat more vegetables. During pregnancy especially, since my doctor insists I have four to five servings of fruit and/or veggie each day. Restaurant vegetables are delicious and I try my best to order green beans, corn, or broccoli whenever I can. However, at home, I just can't stand the way my cooked vegetables taste! How do restaurants make those amazing, smoky, tasty green beans? They certainly don't pour them out of a can or a freezer bag and boil.

I made this my mission - how to make canned green beans taste good. Canned green beans have that softer "country" consistency that I like from restaurants, but I suppose you could use frozen or fresh as well, if you have a lot of time for them to cook. True to my semi-homemade cooking style, these green beans also use some ready-made, low-prep ingredients.

How to make canned green beans taste good 
Green Bean Recipe

1-2 cans of cut green beans
(I prefer no salt added)
One packet Onion Soup Mix
Bacon Bits
Seasoning - Mrs Dash
Worcestershire sauce

Pour canned green beans into a saucepan, adding some water if needed. Pour in 1/2 of onion soup packet per can of green beans. Add bacon bits. Bring to a simmer. Let the green beans and bacon bits simmer on low in the onion soup mix, so the flavors can soak into the beans. After 6-8 minutes, add Mrs Dash seasoning and Worcestershire sauce to taste (I use the no salt added green beans so they don't get too salty with seasonings). Cook 1-2 more minutes. Taste; add table or sea salt if needed. Black pepper optional.

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