Healthy Kids Cooking: Green Beans with Turkey Bacon
Green bean and bacon bundles are a wonderful Southern treat, but they're high in fat and calories. My 10-year-old daughter and I came up with this terrific remake, which uses turkey bacon and sugar substitute. We are addicted to these and can't make them often enough. Yum!
- 4 cups green beans, 1 pound fresh, 1 bag frozen or 2 cans
- 2 slices turkey bacon, cut into pieces, or use 1 slice ham
- 1 tea garlic salt, add to taste
- 2 TB to 1/4 cup brown sugar, sugar substitute, maple syrup or honey, add to taste
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- Put a package of frozen string beans in the microwave and heat on high for 4 minutes. Note: if using fresh beans, you need to cut off the ends of the beans, then put them in a pot and cover them with water. Put on heat and boil for 5 minutes. Drain off hot water (parent's job). For canned string beans: Open the can and drain.
- Cut the turkey bacon into strips using kitchen scissors.
- Put turkey bacon in a frypan. Turn heat to medium. Fry and stir with a spatula until the bacon sizzles.
- Put string beans in the pan. Stir with a spatula and cook until heated through (about 3 minutes).
- Add garlic salt and stir. Add brown sugar and stir. Turn off the heat. Your beans are ready! Enjoy!
You Can't Eat Just One!
Want your kids to eat more veggies? These string beans might be the ticket, and your kids can learn to cook them themselves, making them tastier. In fact, although I often read that you can get your kids to eat vegetables by getting your children involved in making healthy foods, there aren't very many recipes out there for kids to cook that they like.
My 10-year-old daughter Sophie and I made up this recipe together. Oh my goodness, this is so good! We make it almost every day and fight over the last serving. The other day, Sophie told me that these tasted almost as good as dessert. She's right.
I'm now looking forward to these as one of my favorite parts of dinner. Even my oldest daughter, who is vegetably "challenged" (in spite of the fact that I did everything right with her as a baby, making her eat peas before pears, etc.!), admitted, "You know, these are actually pretty good. Do you have any more?"
Fresh, Frozen, or Canned String Beans
If you have fresh beans from your garden or the store, that is the best, but it does take extra time to cut off the ends and boil them in water. So generally, I buy frozen long string beans and microwave them for four minutes in the bag before we pan fry them. I've also used canned beans in a pinch, although they aren't as good.
Turkey Bacon or Ham
We love turkey bacon in our household, and I usually have some on hand. However, I use a slice or two of cooked lunch meat ham when I don't. After frying it up in the pan, it tastes delicious.
Brown Sugar or Artificial Sweetener
A touch of brown sugar gets a little caramelized in this recipe and is the final touch. We've also found that artificial sweeteners taste great. We've used Stevia and Equal, and tonight I tried sugar-free maple syrup. We like Mrs. Butterworth's best. It was very good. I'm sure regular maple syrup would be wonderful too.