Smoked Gouda & Bacon Green Beans

While at our cabin this weekend I decided to make some tasty green beans with what I had on hand in my pantry.  The nearest grocery is 20 miles away from our ranch.  Took a bit of already cut onion, a few slices of bacon I had thrown in the freezer our last visit down there and a dab of smoked Gouda cheese and tossed in some drained green beans.  I used canned beans as that is what I had on hand, but frozen would be much better and only add 1 carb per serving to the numbers below.  These were delicious with our nicely smoked chicken!  Do try this simple recipe sometime.  You’ll be amazed with the flavor this one packs!

This recipe is suitable for Atkins Induction and any Keto diet in which you can fit these numbers into your daily limits.  Primal Blueprint followers who eat occasional cheese are OK eating this but it would not be suitable for pure Paleo diners due to the cheese, which makes the dish and omitting just isn’t an option.

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2½ c. cooked green beans (I used no-salt, canned, half-drained of liquid)

4 slices bacon

2 oz. onion

2 oz. Smoked Gouda cheese, shredded (or more if you can afford higher carbs)

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Chop bacon coarsely and brown over medium-high heat.  At end of cooking add in the onion to caramelize it to a slightly brown, sweet stage.  Add the beans and toss.  Lower heat to low and simmer a couple minutes to allow flavors to blend.  Turn off fire and sprinkle cheese on top.  Place lid on top and allow cheese to melt.  Remove lid, stir lightly and serve at once with your favorite meat side.  My photo shows it with butter-basted BBQ grilled chicken.   Mmmm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 5 servings, each contains:

106 calories, 7.9 g fat, 4.4 g carbs, 1.4 g fiber, 3.0 g NET CARBS, 5.3 g protein, 239 mg sodium


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