Green beans are a hot topic in the AIP community sometimes. When I first began my journey on the autoimmune protocol, green beans were not listed as being necessary to eliminate and since my hubby is a little picky about the vegetables he likes we kept on eating them without any trouble. Since then, green beans have started being listed as a gray area vegetable. Green beans are technically legumes, but they are in an edible pod and so immature that they usually do not cause any digestive trouble. That being said, if you have just started on the autoimmune protocol go ahead and leave them out for your first 30 days and then reintroduce them to see if you have any issues. (for tips on how to handle the reintroduction process, I highly recommend this e-book) There is really no need to eliminate them longer than that as long as the reintroduction goes well. If you never eliminated green beans and you’re still having some unresolved issues you may consider omitting them for a few weeks and see what happens.
All of that being said, green beans are a very personal grey area and should be treated as such. However, because we eat them regularly I have decided to share this recipe with you all.
I am in the process of experimenting with the recipes I am planning on serving on Easter this year and I can already tell that this one is going to be a big hit! My family loves green beans and we typically eat them on most major holidays and at family events, but this fun spin on a classic is sure to impress. This recipe is so simple but feels surprisingly fancy and fun! I mean what isn’t better when wrapped in bacon?
There is no reason that the side dishes at your next dinner or gathering need to be the boring part of the meal. A simple change to a classic side dish can make all the difference!
Bacon Wrapped Green Beans (Paleo/AIP- Reintroduction):
1 lb of fresh green beans
10-12 slices of bacon
2 TBS of coconut oil
1 TBS maple syrup
2 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ tsp sea salt
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees wash and dry the green beans and toss in salt. Bundle 5-8 beans and wrap in one slice of bacon. Lay the bundle seam side down and repeat with the remaining green beans. In a small sauce pan over low heat combine coconut oil , maple syrup and garlic. Whisk until melted and combined. Using a pastry brush, brush the mixture over the top of each bundle cover the bundles with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes. Then, if the bacon isn’t quite crispy enough for you place them under the broiler for 2-5 minutes.