Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

by DanicasDaily on December 23, 2011

Green Beans with Caramelized Onions & Bacon is one of my FAVORITE childhood classic dishes.  However, the version I grew up with was not so healthy ~ picture loads of butter with the onions and mushrooms “fried” in the bacon green.  I cleaned up this recipe by using a healthy cut of bacon and just a kiss of real butter.  It’s pretty easy to make and can be whipped up fairly quickly while everything else cooks for your holiday meal.

I doubled up the vegetable sides to go with the Simple Glazed Ham with Pineapple and Au Gratin Potatoes.  The other veggie was Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cashews.  I find it helps me stay on track easier when I have two delicious vegetables that I can pile on half my plate leaving 1/4 of my plate for protein and 1/4 for carby goodness.




  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced white mushroom, optional
  • 6 slice Cooked Center-Cut Bacon or Turkey Bacon
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


1.  Prepare all veggies – snap ends off beans and break in half, slice onion and mushrooms.

2.  Cook bacon and break into pieces. Set aside.

3.  Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray and add onions and mushrooms (if using).  Saute onion and mushrooms until tender and slightly browned/caramelized, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

4.  Boil green beans in enough water to cover them for 6-8 minutes or until crisp tender and drain.

5.  Add butter, garlic salt, pepper, onion/mushrooms, and bacon. Stir just until combined.

Makes 6 servings – 1/2 cup each, 1 Points+

Nutritional information per 1/2 cup serving



1.  Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and add onions (plus mushrooms if using).  I omitted them this time since The Husband’s mom does not like mushrooms.


2.  Cook and crumble your bacon ~ set aside.


3.  Steam your green beans.  I saved time by buying Trader Joe’s steam in a bag Green and Yellow Beans.  I LOVE green beans, but, do NOT love preparing them ~ Thanks TJ’s!


4.  Add garlic salt, pepper and butter to your green beans.   TIP ~ You can always let your butter melt a little and remove any extra if you feel you have enough to cover your veggies.


5.  Add caramelized onions (plus mushrooms) and bacon.


6.  Stir to combine and enjoy!


What healthy holiday meal with be complete without dessert?! The only question is……..

Which dessert do you want to see the recipe for tomorrow??

Let me just say EVERY SINGLE RECIPE below is POINTS+ FRIENDLY Open-mouthed smile

From Key Lime Pie…..(5 points+)


To Pumpkin Pie (pecan or any of your favorite pie flavored) bites! (1 points+)


The one thing I HAVE to HAVE every Christmas ~ Coconut Pound Cake! (9 points+ & worth it!)



Carrot Pumpkin Cupcakes with Homemade Whipped Frosting…..(3 points+)


Or get fancy with Healthy Tiramisu Cupcakes……


Or, if you just don’t have time to “bake” ~ make these Super Easy 4 Ingredient Rocky Road Squares for 3 points+ each…..


I probably could go on but I think that I’ll just stop right there and let you all pick….

Which dessert do you want me to serve up tomorrow for our Healthy Holiday Celebration?

Night all ~ Sweet Dreams! Open-mouthed smile

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

janetha b December 29, 2009 at 11:48 am

mmm delicious! my favorite is stuffing, for sure!


Alicia December 29, 2009 at 12:44 pm

LOVE green beans and caramelized onions, just hadn’t combined them yet! Sounds good to me.


Jeannie Royack November 10, 2011 at 10:00 am

Chorizo cornbread stuffing–I’m salivating just thinking about it!


Angela November 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

Looks divine! Danica, I have Stumbled your last few posts–you should consider joining Stumble Upon, it drives a lot of traffic.


Jen@FoodFamilyFitness November 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm

This will make a welcome addition to the Thanksgiving spread! I’m not a fan of my Grandma’s green bean casserole, so I’ll make a dish of these for myself and anyone else who wants them :)


Stacey Bigelow November 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I made these for our family Christmas last year and they were THE BEST!!!! and it helped that everyone loved them with me :) Thanks again!


Cathleen December 23, 2011 at 7:25 am

Would love the coconut pound cake recipe! YUMMO!


Von December 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

Key Lime Pie!!!!


Shannon Z. December 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

Coconut pound cake recipe, please! It sounds delish!


Caitlin December 23, 2011 at 9:25 am

Rocky Road Squares!!!


Dianne December 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Coconut pound cake please


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