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Southern Green beans and New Potatoes with Bacon

Southern Green beans and New Potatoes with Bacon

Southern Green beans and New Potatoes with Bacon Recipe

Today, I have a very special post for you all, as well as Southern Green beans and New Potatoes with Bacon.

I cannot stress enough talking about food safety in the kitchen and around your home. It is a huge part of my life that I take very seriously.

That’s why I partnered with the nonprofit Partnership for Food Safety  Education so I could help increase awareness. As well as interest, and understanding among families.

Especially in the Southeast USA, about their role in the chain of prevention to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

The US food supply is among the safest in the world, however, organisms that you can’t see, smell, or taste – bacteria, viruses, and tiny parasites – are everywhere in the environment.

Southern Green beans and New Potatoes with Bacon

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Each year, 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths in this country can be traced to foodborne pathogens.

That number is just astonishing to me in the most horrific way that roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick of foodborne diseases each year.


Foodborne illness costs Americans billions of dollars each year. It also serves as a constant challenge for consumers, researchers, government, and industry.

The Food and Drug Administration estimates that two to three percent of all foodborne illnesses lead to serious secondary long-term illnesses.

Southern Green beans and New Potatoes with Bacon Recipe

For example, certain strains of E.coli can cause kidney failure in young children and infants; Salmonella can lead to reactive arthritis and serious infections;

Listeria can cause meningitis and stillbirths; and Campylobacter may be the most common precipitating factor for a debilitating disease, Guillain-Barre syndrome.

It is extremely necessary to Fight BAC! And know the Core Four safety practices: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill. 

My kids are already trained from when they were toddlers about the importance of food safety.

They were cooking with me from such a young age, so that was a priority for me as a mother. As the main food chief of the house, my job is to teach them the importance of food safety.

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Fortunately, we have never been sick from any kind of serious food poisoning.

I am extremely thankful for that. With that being said, it is up to you to pass the food safety information on to your kids. Well, to educate yourself as well.

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In my opinion, seeking information to educate yourself or your children to prevent sickness is the greatest gift that you can give yourself and your loved ones.

Even with this dish, as it is simple as it sounds, you could potentially harm yourself by not following basic food safety rules.

For example, cutting bacon and fresh produce on the same board. Not washing your hands, utensils, knives, or board, not using separate boards to chop. Also, slice meat and produce, leaving uncooked, uncured bacon on the countertops, etc.

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Another thing that should be mentioned that you might not even know:

Illness-causing bacteria can grow rapidly when perishable foods are left in the danger zone — between 40°F and 140°F. Always refrigerate foods in a timely matter.

Cooked bacon should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature. Bacteria can survive in many places, including in your hands. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after handling food.

Recipe steps

When I see their faces with a slight smile on their face I know that a meal prepared with my own hands is very much enjoyed.

For me, love could be shown in many ways, and I show my love with a hug and warm food on the table.

If you make my Southern Green beans and New Potatoes with Bacon, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking.

Southern Green beans and New Potatoes with Bacon Recipe
Yield: 4

Southern Green beans and New Potatoes with Bacon

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Easy and tasty side dish perfect for the holiday table or any time of the year when you crave a bit of comfort.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 slices Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 Shallots chopped
  • 1 lb. New Potatoes boiled until tender
  • 1 family size frozen Green Beans defrosted and drained
  • Sea Salt and Ground Black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried Rosemary

Instructions

  1. Start by washing your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food. Wash your cutting boards and counter tops with hot soapy water.
  2. Remove the outer skin from the garlic and shallots. Wash the potatoes, garlic, and shallots: rub by hand or scrub with a clean brush while rinsing under running tap water. Dry with a clean cloth towel or paper towel before cutting vegetables.
  3. Fill a large cooking pot with water, at least 2 inches above the potatoes, and drop in the potatoes. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and allow the potatoes to boil on high heat. Boil until the potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes. Using a colander, drain the potatoes, and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  4. Slice bacon into bite-size pieces. Heat the skillet. When hot, add sliced bacon. After handling the bacon, wash your hands and the cutting board with hot, soapy water.
  5. Cook bacon until crispy. Place the cooked bacon on a paper towel to drain. Remove the skillet from the heat and spoon out half of the leftover bacon grease. Allow the grease to cool and discard.
  6. Turn down the heat to medium-low. Add 1 teaspoon of butter to the skillet. When the butter is melted, add minced garlic and chopped shallots. Sauté for 20-30 seconds.
  7. Add tender new potatoes, and turn a few times so the skin of the potatoes is coated with the oil.
  8. Gently stir the green beans together with the potatoes in the skillet. Season with sea salt and ground black pepper, dried parsley and rosemary. Crumble the cooked bacon on top of the mixture. Continue heating and stir occasionally until a food thermometer reads 165 ºF and the dish is steaming. Serve immediately.
  9. Enjoy your leftovers! Refrigerate them at 40 ºF or below within two hours.
  10. Serve it immediately with perhaps salad and chicken or turkey on the side.

Notes

Chill: 

Enjoy your leftovers! Refrigerate them at 40 ºF or below within two hours. Clean: Wash surfaces and utensils after each use. Wash fruits and veggies before preparing food, even if you plan to peel them.

Separate:

To prevent cross-contamination, always use separate cutting boards and plates for produce and for raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs.

Cook: 

Always use a food thermometer to ensure cooked food reaches a safe internal temperature. (165 ºF for poultry – 145 ºF for fish, pork, beef, veal, and lamb – 160ºF for ground beef, pork, veal, and lamb).

NOTE: Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs separate from -all other foods at the grocery store and in the refrigerator.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the Partnership for Food Safety Education. All opinions, pictures, and content have been done by me, in my own words.

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Easy Green Bean Casserole

Easy Green Bean Casserole

Easy Green Bean Casserole

One of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, besides bowl-full of mashed potatoes and a tub of gravy (DUH!), is this tasty and quite easy green bean casserole.

My kids are crazy about it just as much I am. For us, it is all about the side dishes. Yes, we love oven-roasted turkey, but the sides are the center of attention, at least on our table.

Aleks, my oldest son, makes the best cranberry sauce. On the other hand, my baby girl, Anna, makes her chocolate cupcakes.

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I must admit, they are better and better each time she makes them. So, Daniel and I prep side dishes, while hubby just wanders around and entertain family or help each of us for a bit.

Easy Green Bean Casserole

Speaking of side dishes, I have posted on my blog garlic mashed potatoes. Seriously, it is out of this world, so you must try it.

I am always really excited about Thanksgiving dinner. I said it a million times before, but for some reason food that we prepare for Thanksgiving or on holidays in general, always tastes so much better.

Perhaps we are all in the holiday mood – music, the aroma of delicious food and laughter, the most important people in our life all wrapped in one house, so of course, a meal tastes phenomenal.

Easy Green Bean Casserole

So, my dear readers, I want to share the easiest side dish and I dare to say, it’s the most delicious green bean casserole, and it’s done in less than 30 minutes. 

If you for some reason do not have an oven, and own microwave, yes, you could do it in the microwave or conventional oven. Please use a microwave or conventional oven-safe dish.

As you can see, it is such a simple side dish that could be enjoyed all year round. You can serve it with chicken, fish or any other protein.

Easy Green Bean Casserole

I wish you all happy Holiday season from Thanksgiving to January 7th, where we celebrate Orthodox Christmas.

The kids are quite excited to celebrate both so we always make amazing dinner and delicious sweets.

If you try this Easy Green Bean Casserole or any other recipe from my blog, please tag me on INSTAGRAM. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking. Thank you so much in advance!!!

Easy Green Bean Casserole
Yield: 6 Servings

Easy Green Bean Casserole

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Thanksgiving would not be the same without a green bean casserole. This one is easy and very tasty.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Green Beans 432g in one can (any type -french, regular, string, etc.)
  • 1 jar Mushroom Alfredo Sauce (you can use cream of mushroom soup or chicken condensed soup)
  • 4-5 Mushrooms sliced (cremini, baby Bella or baby Portabella)
  • 2 cups 8oz/1 bag cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Freshly grounded black Pepper a pinch or two

GARNISH:

  • 1 container French Fried Onions
  • 5 slices Chopped Crispy Bacon
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Dried parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a deeper baking dish, add drained green beans.
  3. Pour Mushroom alfredo sauce or you may use more traditional which is cream of mushroom soup, or you might try cream of chicken soup which is also called chicken condensed soup. They are all great, and we like it with all of them but lately preferred MUSHROOM Alfredo Sauce.
  4. Add sliced mushrooms. It is not neccecery but it tastes really good with the addition of mushrooms. Mix the whole thing together to combine.
  5. Top it with cheese completely, from one end to the other, and add ground a bit of ground black pepper on top of the cheese.
  6. Press a bit, and bake for 15 minutes, then add 1 cup of French fried onions and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

GARNISH:

  1. Make bacon in the air-fryer or oven until crispy then chop in the small pieces.
  2. Top the casserole with additional french fried onions and chopped bacon.
  3. Add a bit of dried parsley at the very end.

Notes

If you don't want to use canned green beans, you can cook frozen or fresh ahead. For fresh you will definitely need a longer time to cook them. For frozen around 20 minutes of cooking at high temperature. Green beans need to be tender. So, pour water above the green beans, cover and crank the heat. Every 5-7 minutes, check to see if you need to add more water, and of course stir. Taste and see if they are tender or not.

If you are using a microwave, I would add french fried onions after cheese is melted. You would need to cook it in the microwave for 6-7 minutes or until cheese is completely melted and cream of chicken soup starts to bubble up, then take the casserole carefully out and add onions.

French fried onions are already crunchy, so to avoid getting them soggy, add them after. This could be also done at the last minute before serving.

NO SALT necessary. Cheese, as well as the cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken or in this case MUSHROOM Alfredo sauce, have enough sodium.

If you do NOT eat chicken, you can use CREAM OF MUSHROOMS SOUP as a substitute. It's very good either way. Leftovers: Place chilled green bean casserole in an airtight container and keep it for up to 3 days. On that note... I don't like to keep my food for longer than 3 days.

Bacon is, of course, optional, but if you are bacon eater then this is a game-changer. It tastes amazing with it!

The first image is with mushroom alfredo sauce, bacon and french onion topping, and the second image is with bread crumbs, french onion and it was made with cream of mushroom soup.

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Thai Beef Stir-Fry over Brown Rice

Thai Beef Stir-Fry over Brown Rice

I am feeling great about this series and to have you virtually over for Tuesday Dinners with moi. I was looking into dinner ideas, and what I could share next that I’ve not shared yet on my blog… and then a Thai recipe came to my mind! With your positive response a few weeks ago about green chicken curry,  I was pretty confident that this could be to go recipe for your next dinner.

I love spicy food, and I cannot get enough of it, so beef stir-fry was heavenly for me. Since my hubs’ is working an owl shift in a hospital this was actually lunch for us. When kids come back from school and on those days that he has to go to work, we have late family lunches together instead of formal dinners. Actually, to tell you the truth I don’t like formal dinners, except when it’s some kind of holiday such as “Thanksgiving Day”
Most people that know me they know that I am not a traditional person, nor formal, I like the phrase “less mess, less stress” and the most of all I love simple dinners such as this one.
Whether you like Thai food, or not you can change a few things and make it your own just like I did. The recipe was calling for mint, pork, and lime, and I used watercress since I needed peppery, tangy flavor, I used lemon, and beef, so you see just by using few different ingredients you can make it your own flavorful meal.
I don’t think that I ruined the recipe since it tasted great and perfect for a stress-free dinner.

Thai Beef Stir-Fry over Brown Rice


Author Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. Sesame Chili Oil (but you can also use Peanut oil)
  • 2 cups Lean Beef chopped into a small chunks
  • 1/3 cup  Coriander/Cilantro finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. White peppercorns
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. Sugar
  • Finley grated Lemon rind from 1/2 lemon or you can use lime instead
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp. Fresh Ginger finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 smaller Green Bell Pepper
  • 2 Spring Onions (white and green parts separated than white halved lengthwise and you can slice all into 3/4 inch pieces.)
  • 3 Tbs. Peanuts roughly chopped (unsalted would ideal)
  • 3 Tbs.  Vegetable Broth
  • 1 tsp. Fish oil or to taste

Brown Rice, cook according to the package!

Garnish: More lemon rind, green onion, and watercress

Instructions

  1. Chop the beef into smaller chunks (bite size pieces), grate the lemon, slice the green onions, bell pepper, and ginger. Chop the peanuts and garlic.
  2. Not that you finished, chopping and slicing prepare the meat.
  3. Take a meat hammer and flatten the meat just a bit; place it in a bowl and put the bowl, salt, cilantro, lemon rind, white peppercorn, and sugar; Coat each piece the beef slice; Let it marinate for the next 10 minutes.
  4. After 10 minutes heat your pan or a wok on a high and pour a little bit of oil (1 tsp.).
  5. Add marinated meat along with the marinade, and stir-fry until meat is not red/pink anymore.
  6. Transfer the meat into the clean bowl with all the juices that came out; Wipe the pan or wok with a paper towel.
  7. Heat the pan (wok) again on a medium high temperature and add remaining oil (1 tsp.).
  8. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry for a few seconds, and add the white part of the green onions, & bell peppers; Stir-Fry for a minute.
  9. Add peanuts, watercress, a pinch of salt and put back in the pan (wok) beef chunks with the juices; Stir fry for an additional minute.
  10. Now increase the heat and add vegetable stock, lemon juice, fish sauce, and green part of the scallions (green onions); stir-fry for just a 20 seconds to heat through the meat.
  11. Cook the Rice according to the package, always use a bit of salt in a water while cooking the rice + oil.
  12. Drain and wash.
  13. Serve the beef stir-fry immediately with a rice and you can add more green onions on top as well as some lemon rind.