Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"I like health-conscious cooking, but growing up in the South, I do love southern cooking; southern France, southern Italy, southern Spain. I love southern cooking."
-Clarence Clemons, Musician

The refrigerator light goes on...

You can cook these as long as you want. True southern beans are cooked to heck and gone and I do love them that way.

Green Beans

Green beans were one of the fresh veggies that I got to work with as a kid. In the summer in Atlanta, GA, we would sit on the porch, snap the tips and peel the string. I always knew them as snap beans or string beans. And then my mom cooked these until they were soft, seasoning with a couple of strips of bacon and some diced onion.

I like southern style beans but not as much as when they are cooked only for a few minutes. This is the way I cook them now - just long enough for them to be tender but not long enough to lose any of their bright green color.


Southern Green Beans Low Sodium Version

Servings = 4 | Serving size =about 1 1/2 cups beans

Cooking Time = 45 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe makes great leftovers (even cold).

2 slices bacon (diced)
1 small onion (diced)
1 lb green beans (trimmed and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces)
1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Place a large sauce pan over high heat. Add the diced bacon and cook, stirring, frequently for about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat if needed so that the bacon doesn't burn.

Add the onions and cook for about 2 minutes.

Add the green beans, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir and cover.

Reduce the heat to medium low and cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 1 1/2 cups beans

Servings = 4


Amount Per Serving

Calories 115 Calories from Fat 62
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 7g 11%
    Saturated Fat 2g 11%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 17%
    Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A 16% Vitamin C 33%
Calcium 5% Iron 7%
Vitamin K 16 mcg Potassium 301 mg
Magnesium 32 mg