Green Bean Bundles
Green bean bundles is a yummy addition to Thanksgiving dinner!
8 bacon strips
3 TBS butter or coconut oil
1 TBS chopped onion
1 TBS coconut vinegar
1 TBS Swerve (or a drop of stevia glycerite)
1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt
Blanch the beans for 4-6 minutes or until the beans until crisp-tender. Wrap about 15 beans in each bacon strip; secure with a toothpick. Place on a foil-covered baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until bacon is done. In a skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Add vinegar, natural sweetener and salt; heat through. Remove bundles to a serving bowl or platter; pour sauce over and serve immediately. Makes 8 servings.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Green Beans = 189 calories, 16g fat, 8.1g protein, 9 carbs, 1.9g fiber
“Healthified” Green Beans = 159 calories, 12g fat, 8.1g protein, 4.5 carbs, 1.9g fiber
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