That said, to start 2014, the first goal is for me to get my health back under control. I like everyone else, have fallen slave to the chocolate chip cookies, extra glasses of wine and additional appetizers. This all while skipping workouts and continuing on my merry munching path. My sister Lauren and I are both doing a 21 Day Sugar Detox led by the lovely Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites. I am a long-time fan and supporter of hers, so this coupled with a Balanced Bites seminar later this month, I’m chock full of inspiration and motivation!
For me, the 21DSD means (gulp) no dairy and no alcohol. This might be the hardest thing I’ve ever encountered (I love cheese and wine more than I love Piper). Ok that’s a bit hasty, but you know what I mean! Get ready for full melt-down craving central over here, but to keep me chugging and you inspired, I’m going to share some of my favorite Paleo recipes (some sans dairy) that are part of the 21 Day rotation.
This recipe hails from the kitchen of Suzie Kay (my mama) and wow is it good! If you are ever a guest at our homes during the holidays, you can bet your dinner that this side dish will be on the table!
Peppered Bacon Green Beans
Yield: 6 servings of 2 heaping spoon fulls
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
1 pound of fresh string beans (or green beans if you’re from Philly)
1 pound of Kunzler’s peppered bacon (this is the key to the whole dish!)
1/4 cup of dried minced onion
1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
Rinse the beans and break them in half so that they are shorter in length. Boil the beans in a pot with water and the dried minced onion until the beans are bright green and easily pierced by a fork.
While the beans are cookin’, fry the bacon in a skillet until very crispy. Remove the beans from the burner and drain the water. Place them back in the pot with the bacon crumbled, bacon fat and grated parmesan cheese.
The flavor from this dish comes from the peppered bacon and bacon fat. I highly suggest you add both to the dish! This side will be the hit with all of your dinner guests!