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Easy Green Beans

Green beans are a favorite side dish of mine for every holiday, season, and event.  It is a food that always makes an appearance in some form whether it is in a casserole, is steamed, or mixed with a vinaigrette.  This recipe is simple and easy, uses ingredients that I often already have in my fridge, and because it takes about 25 minutes to cook down on the stove, I can walk away and tend to other things while the green beans soak in some amazing flavor.


In the end the green beans still have a slight crispness to them with a wonderful aromatic flavor that keeps you wanting to eat more.


And the kids? Do they like the green beans? Ha! They can’t get enough of this dish!


Perfect for the upcoming holidays like Christmas and New Years and a great way to serve up some easy green beans.


Here’s the recipe:

Easy Green Beans
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Serves: 4
Fresh green beans as a side dish is a great addition to any meal in any season!
  • 1 lb fresh green beans, ends snapped/cut off
  • 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil (or 2 tbsp bacon grease)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 c chicken broth
  • ½ small red bell pepper, chopped
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: crumbled cooked bacon
  1. Add butter and olive oil in a large pan over medium low heat. Add garlic and onions and cook, stirring, for about a minute. Then add the green beans and cook for another minute.
  2. Add chopped red pepper, chicken broth, and salt and pepper to taste. I also added a sprinkle of garlic powder to add some more flavor. Stir, then turn the heat down to low and cover with a lid, leaving the lid cracked slightly for the release of steam for about 25 minutes, allowing the broth to cook down.
  3. Serve hot and for an extra bonus top with crumbled bacon.

What are some side dishes you are planning to add to your Christmas dinner?  What other ways do you prepare green beans?


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