50 States, 50 Vegan Dishes: Arkansas vegan green beansNovember 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 50 States 50 Vegan Dishes, VeganMoFo | 1 Comment
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When I started by 50 States, 50 Vegan Dishes challenge, I chose this recipe because it was quick, simple and included green beans.
Since I have more green beans than I know what to do with them, I figured I would do this recipe for a Vegan MoFo challenge.
Traditional Arkansas green beans call for sugar and bacon. Bacon isn’t very vegan-friendly, but there are great alternatives now. This might not be as low in calories because it still uses sugar and the Earth Balance can get fatty, but it is definitely a good alternative. I cut back on the sugar and made it quicker by pan sauteing instead of putting it in the oven. I guess that’s the perks of no meat. I also used fresh beans instead of the canned.
It wasn’t hard for me to put this together, so whip it up as a side dish for dinner!
- A bag full of fresh green beans, probably about three cups if cut in half
- 5 to 6 slices of LightLife Smart bacon, ripped into pieces
- 3 tbsps of white sugar
- 2 tbsps of Earth Balance or other vegan spread
- 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Pluck the ends off the green beans, and cut in half if you want an easier way to eat them. (I kept them long.)
- Boil the green beans in a little water for about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt a tablespoon in a skillet, and add the crumbled Smart Bacon to the pan. Saute for about 5 minutes.
- Drain the green beans and add to the skillet with the Smart Bacon. Add the garlic powder, tamari and the other tablespoon of Earth Balance. Saute for a few minutes to let flavors meld.
How do you like to eat green beans?