My general philosophy with food is that it should be simple, affordable, and easy to prepare. Sure, there’s something cathartic bout spending an afternoon making gumbo or lasagna or something of the like, but everyday food shouldn’t be a hassle.
In the same vein, I feel like we often complicate food and the cooking process. Recipes call for exotic (and expensive) ingredients and use elaborate cooking techniques. We make it harder on ourselves when, most of the time, we just want something easy. Y’all know me. I REALLY like easy.
Jack tried out for all-star soccer and made the team. It’s something he’s been wanting to do for years and we’re super proud of him. But for us, that means another month of practices, not to mention they’re more frequent and longer. It’s making it harder and harder to get a home cooked meal on the table on those nights.
So it’s time for me to make my generally easy recipes even easier.
These Unbundled Green Beans are the perfect example.
My Mom’s Green Bean Bundles are one of my favorite sides. But admittedly, they’re pretty labor intensive on my scale. Cutting bacon in little strips; tediously wrapping the green beans in little bundles. I just don’t have time for it most days. (It also explains why Mom only made these on special occasions!) But I just love the flavors, so I had to figure out how to make this process easier. So I did.
I just left out that whole bundling thing and combined all the ingredients in one dish. Easy peasy.
To make it even easier, I bought some of the precooked, crumbled bacon in the little pouch from the grocery store. It saves a bunch of time and keeps the kitchen a little cleaner.
Y’all are gonna love these!
Unbundled Green Beans
- 2 (14.5-ounce) cans whole green beans, drained (cut green beans work, too)
- 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
- 1 (1 to 1.25-ounce) packet onion soup mix
- 1/2 cup water
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and lightly spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Pour the green beans and crumbled bacon in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the onion soup mix and water. Pour it over the beans and bacon and lightly toss to coat.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the beans are heated through.
If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.