Mediterranean Green Beans with Golden Raisins

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Happy Summer! This is Tarah I originally posted this recipe for Mediterranean Green Beans with Golden Raisins on my recipe blog, What I Gather. You can view the original post on my blog, along with my other fresh, nutritious recipes, or simply read on to see the full recipe.

I have to assume that if you are growing green beans in your own backyard, you probably already enjoy them. I, on the other hand, wouldn’t touch a green bean until recently, but I’m glad I finally realized what I was missing. We didn’t grow our own green beans this year, but we picked some up at the farmers market and it was fun coming up with a new and unique way to use them.  This dish uses spices, golden raisins and pistachios to add a Mediterranean flair to these tasty little string beans. Enjoy!

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Mediterranean Green Beans with Golden Raisins

Serves: 6-8
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 25
Total Time: 40

Ingredients
4 slices of nitrate free bacon

4 cups of green beans, trimmed

1/2 white onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup pistachios

1/4 cup golden raisins

1 tsp freshly chopped or dried oregano

1 tsp freshly chopped or dried basil

1/2 tsp freshly chopped or dried dill

juice of 1/2 lemon

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions
-Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.

- While the water is heating up, heat a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, place the bacon slices in the pan. Cook until crispy, turning often (about 6-8 minutes). Remove bacon from pan and set pan, including bacon fat, aside for later use.

-When water begins to boil, add beans and simmer for 3-4 minutes until tender. Drain water from pot.

- Return the pan with reserved bacon fat to medium heat. Add garlic, sliced onion and green beans. Cook, stirring occasionally for 6-8 minutes, until beans begin to brown.

-While the beans are cooking and the bacon has cooled enough to handle, crumble the bacon.

-After beans have started to brown, add bacon, pistachios, raisins, oregano, basil and dill. Stir well and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper and serve!

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