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Perfect Whole30 side dish! These Whole30 bacon garlic green beans, made with Del Monte® Fresh Cut Blue Lake Cut Green Beans, are simple and delicious, making them a wonderful Whole30 side dish. With only three ingredients, these Whole30 bacon garlic green beans are flavorful and quick. Pair this Whole30 side dish with a simple protein and sauce, and dinner is served!
Raise your hand if you’re an overcomplicator!
I’m the definition of one: always called to be extra, unnecessarily so, placing expectations on myself that don’t ultimately change the outcome of whatever task is at hand. I’m the one adding extra dishes to Thanksgiving on Wednesday evening, deciding I must design everything from absolute scratch, and scheduling intricate agendas for the holidays we host.
But when it comes to a Whole30? I’ve done enough rounds to know that this is a time when overcomplicating does not serve me. It might feel OK at the very beginning, loading up my list of must-make dishes to start the round, spending all Sunday in the kitchen on day -1, setting lofty goals for my meal prep each week. But by day, erm, 4 or 5? The novelty of the kitchen intensive has worn off, and I’ve realigned with my #1 tip for any Whole30:
Simplicity will save you.
My meal plans morph at this time, emerging from their lofty lists of brand-new recipes I’ve seen on Pinterest or that I’ve been meaning to work on for the blog, turning into “protein + chimichurri + sweet potato” or “protein + ranch + bacon garlic green beans.”
Simplicity will save you.
And yep, these Whole30 bacon garlic green beans? They’re one of my favorite Whole30 side dish recipes because they’re so simple and so delicious. They keep well, too, making them perfect for meal prep or a lunch of leftovers. Paired with a baked chicken breast or a couple sautéed sausages, you’ve got a quick and easy dinner that the whole family will devour.
They’re made with Del Monte® Fresh Cut Blue Lake Cut Green Beans, too, so no trimming or steaming is even necessary! And there’s only three ingredients, so it goes like this:
Fry the bacon. Fry the garlic. Add the Del Monte® Fresh Cut Blue Lake Cut Green Beans. Tada.
Del Monte® canned veggies are a staple in our pantry because I’m a busy mama who works full time. I stock up when I need to then rest easy knowing we’ve got plenty of veggie options whenever dinner rolls around. Sure, I love to scour the farmers markets for the freshest local produce around, but having a shelf of canned options is a practical way for me to get my family to eat more fruits and veggies. Because, let’s be honest… When 5 o’clock rolls around, there’s no way I’m packing the toddler up to go to the grocery store just because we’re out of fresh lacinto kale!
This mama has no time for that.
I particularly like Del Monte® canned veggies, because there’s only three simple ingredients: vegetable, water, and a dash of sea salt. And you know what? In food blogger terms, we’d consider that only one ingredient! Water and sea salt basically = life, so Del Monte® canned veggies are pure, practical, and delish. Check out more Del Monte® recipes by clicking here!
Whole30 Bacon Garlic Green Beans (Whole30 Side Dish)
- 4 slices Whole30-compliant bacon diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 14.5-oz. cans cans Del Monte® Fresh Cut Blue Lake Cut Green Beans drained
- 1 tsp salt and freshly cracked pepper
- Add bacon to a large skillet over medium heat and fry until crisp. Scoop bacon out and reserve in a bowl. Pour bacon grease in a heatproof bowl, reserve 1 tablespoon, and discard or save the rest.
- Pour 1 tablespoon bacon grease back into skillet and place over medium-low heat. When hot, add garlic and sauté, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in drained Del Monte® Fresh Cut Blue Lake Cut Green Beans and half of cooked bacon; cook until heated through, stirring to coat in garlic and bacon grease. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cheryl Malik is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind the healthy, flavorful, family friendly recipes at 40 Aprons. She’s been a blogger for 10+ years and is known for her delicious recipes and detailed recipe instructions. Cheryl is a mom of three who lives in Memphis, TN.