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Green Bean and Bacon Casserole | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Green Bean and Bacon Casserole

Green bean and bacon casserole is a real food version of the classic side dish.  With nourishing ingredients like bacon, raw milk and fresh beans it is healthy and filling enough to be a main dish.

Green Bean and Bacon Casserole | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Every summer we have a garden with a variety of vegetables. We change up what we grow each year.

But one thing we always have is beans!

I am in the kitchen freezing beans a couple times a week all through July and into August so we can enjoy them all year.

Our favorite way to enjoy beans is cooked fresh.  My son always has to have second and sometimes third helpings. He knows what’s good!

Green Bean and Bacon Casserole | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

A new twist on an old favorite.

This year I decided to use some of our abundance to recreate the classic green bean casserole.

The original includes canned beans, canned cream soups and fried “onions” on top. To me that means MSG, thickeners and all sorts of strange ingredients I don’t care to consume.

My homemade green bean and bacon casserole is made with fresh beans, homemade bone broth, raw milk and pastured bacon. It really doesn’t get any better than that!

Green bean and bacon casserole can be served traditionally as a side dish.  But my version is so filling that I served it as the main course! Give me a big pile of green bean and bacon casserole and a slice of sourdough bread and I am a happy mama.

The kid seal of approval.

This was the first time eating a green bean casserole for my kids. They couldn’t get enough! My husband thoroughly enjoyed it as well.

Green bean and bacon casserole is great when beans are fresh. It also works with frozen beans. So you can enjoy it year round.

Green Bean and Bacon Casserole | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Make it work for your schedule.

It is perfect for potlucks, family gatherings and holidays. You can even make it for an easy week night meal. Green bean and bacon casserole can be prepared in advance and baked at dinner time.

As a busy mom I love meals like this. I prepare it during the day while the kids are napping or at school.  Then when dinner time rolls around and everyone needs my attention I just pop it in the oven.

No time to bake it? No problem. Green bean and bacon casserole is great straight from the pan. Serve it on a bed of rice and you’ve got a complete meal.

If you enjoy the crispy onions on top of green bean casserole simply fry up some onion slices until crispy. Add them to the top after it is done baking.

If you don’t have bacon on hand you can substitute cooked chicken.  Then use whatever fat you have on hand in place of the bacon grease (lard, tallow, butter, etc.).

Whether you’ve got fresh summer beans or you’re working through your freezer stash green bean and bacon casserole is sure to please the whole family.

My only regret when making this was that I didn’t have time to take better photos before my kids devoured it!

Did you grow up on green bean casserole? You’ll love this updated, nutrient dense version.

Green Bean and Bacon Casserole | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Green Bean and Bacon Casserole
Serves 6
An updated version of the classic green bean casserole. This one is filled with nourishing ingredients and can be served as a main dish.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. green/yellow beans, snipped, cut
  2. 1 cup chicken broth
  3. 1 cup milk (can be replaced with broth to make it dairy free)
  4. 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour, tapioca flour or cornstarch
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 1/2 tsp. pepper (optional)
  7. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  8. 1/2 lb. pastured, nitrite/nitrate free bacon, cooked, crumbled, grease reserved
  9. 2 Tbsp. bacon grease
  10. 1/2 small onion. sliced (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook the beans in water until tender, 30 - 40 minutes. Drain.
  2. Heat the bacon grease in a large skillet.
  3. Stir in all purpose flour OR mix tapioca or cornstarch with 1/4 cup of the broth and add to grease.
  4. Cook 1 minute.
  5. Slowly stir in the broth and milk.
  6. Season and simmer until it thickens.
  7. Add the cooked beans and simmer on low 5 minutes.
  8. Add the bacon.
  9. Transfer to a 1 1/2 qt. casserole dish.
  10. Bake at 350*F for 20 minutes.
  11. Cook onion slices in bacon grease until crispy.
  12. Top casserole with onion slices when serving.
Notes
  1. This can be served straight from the pan without baking.
  2. This can be prepared in advance and baked when ready to eat.
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Simple Supper Series: Beef Stroganoff

Simple Supper Series Beef Stroganoff || Homemade Dutch Apple PieToday I have another recipe that comes together in minutes and incorporates broth.  Beef stroganoff is simple and versatile.

Ground beef is simmered with broth and milk or milk substitute to create a creamy sauce.  You can go as bold or as simple as you like with the seasoning.

There are several ways to serve this stroganoff.  A common way is over noodles.  If you prefer noodles you can cook them separately or even add them right to the pan with a little extra broth for a one pot meal.

I served this over mashed potatoes (we had leftover potatoes, so all I had to do was heat and serve!) for those that could have them.  For the others I served the beef stroganoff as an open face sandwich on homemade gluten free rolls.  My son really enjoyed eating it that way since he could use his hands.Simple Supper Series Beef Stroganoff || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Beef stroganoff can be served just about any way you like.  Try it on squash or rice.  You can even eat it plain!

This is definitely a simple supper.  Plus it is full of nutrients from the beef and the broth.  It is also very allergen friendly with no dairy, gluten, grains, eggs, nuts or corn.

Another great thing about this beef stroganoff is that it is a very budget friendly meal.  Ground beef, broth and onions are very affordable.  So you can serve the whole family for very cheap.

Beef stroganoff is easy to prepare, big on flavor and full of good stuff.  The whole family will enjoy it.

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Simple Supper Series: Beef Stroganoff
Serves 4
A simple beef stroganoff that incorporates broth and is free of allergens.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground beef (or pork, turkey or chicken)
  2. 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, lard or tallow
  3. 1 small onion, diced (optional)
  4. 1/2 cup beef, chicken or turkey broth
  5. 1/2 cup milk or milk substitute
  6. 1 Tbsp. arrowroot or tapioca flour
  7. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt (to taste)
  8. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  9. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet heat the coconut oil.
  2. Brown the meat and onions.
  3. Add seasoning, broth and milk.
  4. Simmer for five minutes.
  5. Combine the arrowroot with 1 Tbsp. cold water.
  6. Add the arrowroot mixture to the pan and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes.
  7. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  8. Serve over mashed potatoes, noodles, rice, bread or squash.
Notes
  1. If you want to make a one pot dish simply add 1 cup any variety of noodles and another 1 cup of broth to the pan. Simmer until the noodles are cooked. Add extra liquid if the noodles absorb too much.
  2. This recipe can easily be doubled.
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Simple Supper Series: Broth Burgers

Simple Supper Series Broth Burgers || Homemade Dutch Apple PieThe next recipe in my simple supper series is a fun and nutritious way to eat a burger…without a bun…and with broth added!

Broth burgers are so full of flavor you can eat them with a knife and fork like a steak.  No need to figure out how to make a gluten free or grain free bun.

One of the great things about this recipe is that it only takes about fifteen minutes to prepare.  While the burgers are cooking you can make a simple side – saute some vegetables, prepare a salad or even cook some rice.  You’ll have a full dinner on the table in no time.Simple Supper Series Broth Burgers || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

You can make the burger as simple or complex as you like.  I usually just do ground beef with a little seasoning.  We like it simple.

You could also add grated or pureed vegetables, egg or even mashed beans or lentils to boost the nutrition and stretch your meat a bit.

While the burgers rest you create the sauce.  Then pour the sauce right over the burgers or soak a bun in the broth.

Broth burgers are also good served on a bed of rice, mashed potatoes or squash.

I made our broth burgers with sauteed onions.  If you don’t like or don’t tolerate onions you can simply make the sauce.  The onions just add extra flavor and texture.Simple Supper Series Broth Burgers || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The next time you need a nutritious meal on the table quickly try making broth burgers.  Fast food does not have to be junk food.  You can make broth burgers in the same amount of time it would take to drive to a restaurant and order.  But you’ll be fueling your body with good stuff by making your meal at home.

This is also a great way to sneak more broth into your family’s diet.  Every little bit helps!

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Simple Supper Series: Broth Burgers
Serves 4
A juicy burger topped with a rich, brothy sauce. No need for a bun. This burger eats like a steak.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground beef (or turkey, chicken or pork)
  2. salt, pepper, garlic powder, herbs to taste
  3. 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, tallow or lard
  4. optional: 1/4 cup pureed vegetable, 1 egg, 1/4 cup mashed beans
  5. 1/2 - 1 cup chicken or beef broth
  6. 1/2 medium onion, sliced
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a cast iron or stainless steel skillet.
  2. Combine the ground meat, seasoning and vegetables/egg (if desired).
  3. Form 4-6 burgers.
  4. Cook in hot skillet over medium heat until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Cook the onions in the pan at the same time.
  5. Remove the burgers from the pan and cover to keep warm.
  6. Add the broth to the pan (with onions still in the pan).
  7. Turn heat to high and simmer for about 3 minutes, until the broth reduces and thickens.
  8. Serve the broth/onion sauce on the side with the burgers.
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Baked Onion Rings

I haven’t made onion rings in a long time, but they sounded good this week.  So I pulled out my old recipe.  It’s fairly simple and pretty good.  I think I got the recipe from an IBS message board years ago.  So it’s not a fattening version of onion rings.  The next time I make onion rings I want to try another recipe and actually fry them.  But this one works well.  Even Rebecca ate some after some initial hesitation 🙂  I don’t have any actual amounts for the ingredients on my recipe.  But I’ll try to come up with some approximations.

Onion Rings

1 large onion
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste

Slice onion in 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick rings.  Place flour in shallow bowl.  Beat eggs in a shallow bowl.  Mix cornmeal and bread crumbs in shallow bowl.  Dip onions in flour, then egg (be sure it’s fully coated), then cornmeal (make more cornmeal mixture if it gets too clumpy or is running out).  Place on cookie sheet.  Spray/mist with olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.  Bake at 400 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes.  Serve plain or with ketchup.

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