Sunday, October 12, 2014

Turkey Bacon Green Bean Bundles


About a month ago we had some friends over for a little Sunday night dinner.  We served up some kobe beef burgers, au gratin potatoes, and these turkey bacon green bean bundles.  A delicious and slightly unhealthy meal variety.

The ironic part of the evening was the gas tank on our grill would not turn on, so we ended up broiling the burgers in the oven. Certainly not our desired first choice cooking method for the high quality meat we were eagerly awaiting.  However in the end the burgers turned out quite nicely.  They lacked the grilled flavor, but still offered a scrumptious taste.

Todays recipe for Turkey Bacon Green Bean Bundles is a simple recipe to boost the flavor in fresh green beans. Of course turkey bacon can help spice up any recipe - it adds significant flavor without contributing an excessive amount of calories. Yes turkey bacon is can be highly processed and loaded with sodium, try choosing lower sodium versions and limiting consumption (ie dont eat everyday).



If you do not have turkey bacon, pork bacon will also work for this recipe.  In fact the pork bacon will get a bit more crispy than turkey bacon.  Turkey bacon does take longer to cook, therefore you may need to throw these bundles into the microwave you desire a really crispy outcome.

The wait for our little man continues.  We started the day off by attending a "Baby's Essentials Class" to learn some basic skills about babies.  We spent the rest of the day watching college football. As soon as the games started at noon the television was on, and it didn't go off until nearly midnight when the last game finished. Definitely had some close games.  My OSU cowboys hardly pulled off a win again the Kansas Jayhawks.


Enjoy!
Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith

Turkey Bacon Green Bean Bundles
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Ingredients (6 servings (2 bundles per serv)
  • 1 pound fresh green beans (may need to trim off ends)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • About 12 slices of low sodium turkey bacon
  • pinch of salt and pepper
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. In a medium saucepan bring water to boil. Add green beans and cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from water and toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper.
3. Bundle about 5-8 green beans together and wrap piece of bacon around the green beans (try to only overlap bacon a bit).
4. Place each bundle in roasting pan and cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15-20 minutes or until bacon is cooked. If you like crispy bacon you may need to microwave a bit to crisp up bacon without burning green beans.
Nutrition:
Serving size: 2 bundles • Servings: ~6 • Calories: 79.3 kcal • Protein: 5.3 g • Carbs: 5.2 g • Fat: 3.9 g • Fiber: 2.5 g • Sugar: 0.0 g • Sodium: 274.4 mg
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