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Healthy Kids Cooking: Green Bean Recipe

Updated on June 25, 2017
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VirginiaLynne has been experimenting in the kitchen for almost 50 years. She loves to share her recipes, cooking tips, and reviews.

Making Vegetables Fun!

Green Bean and Bacon Bundles are a wonderful southern treat but 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!

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Stir Green Beans and Bacon.Sophie eating her own recipe:  Green Beans with Turkey Bacon!  She makes these almost every night for us!Step 1: Take a package of frozen green beans. You can also use canned beans (or follow directions below for preparing fresh beans by parboiling them).Step 2: Put the green beans in the microwave on high for 4 minutes.Step 3: Take 2 piece of Turkey Bacon.  We like Butterball Original. Cut them in small pieces using a kitchen knife or scissors (a trick we learned from a Chinese friend!)Step 4:  Put the turkey bacon in a pan and fry it using a spatula to stir it.  After a couple of minutes it should be sizzling and smell great!Step 5: Take the green beans out of the microwave, cut open the bag (be careful of the steam!) and then pour them into the pan with the Turkey Bacon..Step 6: Stir and fry the bacon and green beans for a couple of minutes.Step 7: Add 1 teaspoon of garlic salt.Step 8: Add 2 TB to 1/4 cup of brown sugar, sugar substitute or maple syrup (regular, lite or sugar free)Step 9: Continue to stir and fry one more minute until the brown sugar melts into the beans.  It will smell great!To parboil fresh beans, first cut off the ends of the beans, put them in the pan and cover them with water.  Put the heat on and boil for 5 minutes.  Get an adult to help you pour off the water. Then put the green beans aside and follow the recipe.You can also use 2 cans of green beans.Add in sugar, sugar substitute or sugar free maple syrupServe your green beans for dinner!  Or you can even make them for a snack like Sophie likes to do.
Stir Green Beans and Bacon.
Stir Green Beans and Bacon. | Source
Sophie eating her own recipe:  Green Beans with Turkey Bacon!  She makes these almost every night for us!
Sophie eating her own recipe: Green Beans with Turkey Bacon! She makes these almost every night for us! | Source
Step 1: Take a package of frozen green beans. You can also use canned beans (or follow directions below for preparing fresh beans by parboiling them).
Step 1: Take a package of frozen green beans. You can also use canned beans (or follow directions below for preparing fresh beans by parboiling them). | Source
Step 2: Put the green beans in the microwave on high for 4 minutes.
Step 2: Put the green beans in the microwave on high for 4 minutes. | Source
Step 3: Take 2 piece of Turkey Bacon.  We like Butterball Original. Cut them in small pieces using a kitchen knife or scissors (a trick we learned from a Chinese friend!)
Step 3: Take 2 piece of Turkey Bacon. We like Butterball Original. Cut them in small pieces using a kitchen knife or scissors (a trick we learned from a Chinese friend!) | Source
Step 4:  Put the turkey bacon in a pan and fry it using a spatula to stir it.  After a couple of minutes it should be sizzling and smell great!
Step 4: Put the turkey bacon in a pan and fry it using a spatula to stir it. After a couple of minutes it should be sizzling and smell great! | Source
Step 5: Take the green beans out of the microwave, cut open the bag (be careful of the steam!) and then pour them into the pan with the Turkey Bacon..
Step 5: Take the green beans out of the microwave, cut open the bag (be careful of the steam!) and then pour them into the pan with the Turkey Bacon.. | Source
Step 6: Stir and fry the bacon and green beans for a couple of minutes.
Step 6: Stir and fry the bacon and green beans for a couple of minutes. | Source
Step 7: Add 1 teaspoon of garlic salt.
Step 7: Add 1 teaspoon of garlic salt. | Source
Step 8: Add 2 TB to 1/4 cup of brown sugar, sugar substitute or maple syrup (regular, lite or sugar free)
Step 8: Add 2 TB to 1/4 cup of brown sugar, sugar substitute or maple syrup (regular, lite or sugar free) | Source
Step 9: Continue to stir and fry one more minute until the brown sugar melts into the beans.  It will smell great!
Step 9: Continue to stir and fry one more minute until the brown sugar melts into the beans. It will smell great! | Source
To parboil fresh beans, first cut off the ends of the beans, put them in the pan and cover them with water.  Put the heat on and boil for 5 minutes.  Get an adult to help you pour off the water. Then put the green beans aside and follow the recipe.
To parboil fresh beans, first cut off the ends of the beans, put them in the pan and cover them with water. Put the heat on and boil for 5 minutes. Get an adult to help you pour off the water. Then put the green beans aside and follow the recipe. | Source
You can also use 2 cans of green beans.
You can also use 2 cans of green beans. | Source
Add in sugar, sugar substitute or sugar free maple syrup
Add in sugar, sugar substitute or sugar free maple syrup | Source
Serve your green beans for dinner!  Or you can even make them for a snack like Sophie likes to do.
Serve your green beans for dinner! Or you can even make them for a snack like Sophie likes to do. | Source

Ingredients

  • 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

Your Ratings!

4 stars from 3 ratings of Kids Green Beans with Bacon

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 4 servings

Instructions

  1. Put package of frozen string beans in microwave and heat on high for 4 minutes. Note: if using fresh beans, you need to cut off the ends of beans, then put in a pot and cover with water. Put on heat and boil for 5 minutes. Drain off hot water (parent's job). For canned string beans: Open can and drain.
  2. Cut the turkey bacon into strips using kitchen scissors.
  3. Put turkey bacon in frypan. Turn heat to medium. Fry and stir with a spatula until bacon sizzles.
  4. Put string beans in pan. Stir with spatula and cook until heated through (about 3 minutes).
  5. Add garlic salt and stir. Add brown sugar and stir. Turn off heat. Your beans are ready! Enjoy!

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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 by themselves, which might just make 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, but there aren't very many recipes out there for kids to cook that they like.

Kid Created Recipe

My daughter Sophie, who is ten, 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. Sophie told me the other day that she thought 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, when I don't, I use a slice or two of cooked lunch meat ham. 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, 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.

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      Virginia Kearney 5 years ago from United States

      I love these green beans myself!

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      Virginia Kearney 5 years ago from United States

      Carter--I really like your raisins in orange juice idea. I think that might work for several sorts of vegetables. Thanks!

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      prozema 5 years ago

      My kids are adults, but I am going to try this recipe!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Virginia this is a fantastic idea for kid's and even though I don't have little kids now am keen to try for my older vegie challenged son...when mine were little for a salad I used to soak raisins in orange juice and pour over very finely shredded silverbeet/spinach & sesame seeds to garnish, it's a hard vegie to disguise but this seemed to work & you can add coursely grated carrot or cashew nuts for texture...and good old honey carrots are usually devoured...voted up and awesome...thanks for sharing