This recipe for healthy green beans with bacon and mushrooms is made totally from scratch.  Fresh green beans, olive oil, mushrooms, shallots, and bacon come together to make this delicious low carb Thanksgiving side dish.  You’ll be proud to serve this to your family!

Prep Time: 25 minutes
spoonful of green beans with bacon and mushrooms
Side Dishes, Thanksgiving

Healthy Green Beans with Bacon and Mushrooms

This post was originally published on September 27, 2017.

Looking for a healthier way to serve green beans for Thanksgiving?  Forget the traditional green bean casserole and serve green beans with crumbled bacon, toasted walnuts, sauteed mushrooms, shallots, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.  Keep reading to find out how to make these healthy green beans with bacon and mushrooms.

spoonful of green beans with bacon and mushrooms

Are green beans healthy?

  • High in vitamins A, C, and K.
  • Packed with fiber to help your stomach working properly.
  • Helps meet your daily folate needs to ward off depression.
  • Helps with bone regeneration, as they’re a great source of silicon.

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How do you blanch green beans?

  • Bring salted water to a rolling boil.
  • Submerge the green beans and cook until tender.
  • Shock the beans in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process, then drain.

spoonful of green beans with bacon and mushrooms

How to Make Green Beans with Bacon and Mushrooms

Gather all the ingredients.  Rinse and cut the green beans, slice the shallots into rings, cook and crumble the bacon, and slice the mushrooms.

ingredients for green beans with bacon and mushrooms

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, submerge the green beans, cook until tender, than drain.

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Shock the green beans in an ice water bath for a few minutes.

green beans in ice water for green beans with bacon and mushrooms

Saute the sliced mushrooms in butter over medium high heat until they are a nice shade of brown and the liquid has evaporated.

cooked mushrooms for green beans with bacon and mushrooms

Remove the mushrooms, add more butter, and saute the shallots.

cooked shallots for green beans with bacon and mushrooms

Remove the shallots and pour in 1/4 cup white wine to deglaze the pan.  Scrape off the bits of mushrooms and shallots.

deglazing the pan for green beans with bacon and mushrooms

Return the mushrooms, bacon, and shallots to the skillet.  Stir to mix, then reduce the heat to medium low.

mushrooms, shallots, and bacon for green beans with bacon and mushrooms

Whisk together the olive oil, sugar, and salt in a small bowl.

whisking the dressing for green beans with bacon and mushrooms

Toast the walnuts in a dry skillet over medium high heat.  Stir constantly for a few minutes until the walnuts are fragrant and they start to darken.

toasted walnuts for green beans with bacon and mushrooms

Add the green beans to the skillet.  Turn up the heat to medium high for a few minutes, and stir until they are heated through.  Remove from the heat and stir in the dressing.

pouring dressing on green beans with bacon and mushrooms

Garnish with fresh parsley, toasted walnuts, and crumbled bacon.  Serve warm.

bowl of green beans with bacon and mushrooms

This recipe is low carb and is made completely from scratch.  Impress your friends and family members this Thanksgiving with this amazing, healthy side dish.

Maintain your clean eating goals with these other healthy Thanksgiving side dishes.

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spoonful of green beans with bacon and mushrooms

Healthy Green Beans with Bacon and Mushrooms


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This recipe for healthy green beans with bacon and mushrooms is made totally from scratch.  Fresh green beans, olive oil, mushrooms, shallots, and bacon come together to make this delicious low carb Thanksgiving side dish.  You’ll be proud to serve this to your family!


Ingredients

  • 3 pounds fresh green beans (1.36 kg)
  • 6 slices low-sodium bacon, crumbled (42g)
  • 1 pound button mushrooms, rinsed and sliced (453g)
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter (30g)
  • 3 medium shallots, sliced in rings (90g)
  • 1/4 cup white cooking wine (60 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (30 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar (15 ml)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons walnuts, chopped (23g)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Top and tail the green beans and cut them into 2-inch lengths.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Submerge the green beans and cook for 8 minutes or until tender.  Drain, then shock in an ice water bath for a few minutes.  Drain again.
  3. Cook the bacon in a skillet, flipping it with a fork.  Drain it on paper towels until cooled, then crumble it into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Fry the mushrooms until they have turned brown and all the liquid is gone.
  5. Remove the mushrooms, add more butter, and cook the shallots until golden.
  6. Remove the shallots, then pour in 1/4 cup of white wine to deglaze the pan.  Scrape off the browned bits of mushrooms and shallots.
  7. Return the mushroom, bacon, shallots, and green beans to the skillet.  Turn heat down to medium low to heat through.
  8. Meanwhile, whisk the oil, vinegar, and salt together in a bowl.
  9. Once the green beans are heated through, remove from the heat and pour the dressing over the beans and toss to combine.
  10. Chop the walnuts and toast them in a small skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.  Watch them closely, as they burn easily.
  11. Rinse and chop the flatleaf parsley.
  12. Add walnuts to the green beans and toss again, then garnish with chopped parsley.  Serve warm.

Notes

  • Keep the mushrooms large if you have picky eaters in your family.
  • You can also top the green beans with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for extra flavor.

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