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Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms and Bacon

By: Ginny Mahar
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Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Almost-Paleo, Paleo-friendly, AIP-friendly for those who eat green beans, Low Carb

Armed with only a sheet pan, a hot oven, and a few accompaniments, you can transform a pound of green beans into a savory delight. Think weeknight easy with weekend flair. Plate them alongside seared scallops, grilled wild salmon, or a grass-fed steak, and voila! Dinner is served.

I have to pause and give credit to my husband here – he’s the one responsible for this recipe, and that usually means bacon is involved and big flavor is guaranteed.

Green beans are considered fair game by many Paleo dieters, who otherwise avoid beans. The Paleo Mom, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D., did an exposé on green beans and peas, entitled, “The Green Bean Controversy and Pea Gate.”

Her conclusion was that compared to dried beans, the level of anti-nutrients in green beans are comparatively very, very low, and further diminished via cooking. Green beans also differ from dried beans in that we eat the whole pod, which comprises their bulk, and does not contain significant amounts of anti-nutrients. Therefore, she recommends enjoying green beans if you are on Paleo. But (and this is why I even mention this at all) those on a very strict AIP diet may wish to avoid any amount of exposure to legumes, even green beans.

The thyroid-friendly nutrition coming off this well-caramelized sheet pan is pretty easy to swallow. Happy cooking, and by all means, enjoy the beans!

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Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms and Bacon

These are weeknight easy with weekend flair. Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Almost-Paleo, Paleo, AIP for those who eat green beans, Low Carb

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 168 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. duck fat or sub. ghee or leaf lard
  • 1 lb green beans trimmed
  • 1/2 lb cremini mushrooms quartered if small, sliced if large
  • 3 oz bacon (see note) chopped (about 3 slices)
  • 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt or to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste (omit for AIP)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Melt duck fat on sheet pan, and toss with remaining ingredients. Spread evenly and roast 20 - 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven when bacon has begun to crisp, and mushrooms and green beans have caramelized a bit. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

For Paleo compliance bacon should be uncured and sugar-free, and for AIP it should additionally be nightshade free (beware of spices).

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About the Author

Thyroid Refresh Co-founder Ginny Mahar is the mom and recipe blogger formerly known as Hypothyroid Chef. After struggling with the residual symptoms of Hashimoto’s for over four years, she embarked on her own process of adopting a thyroid-specific diet and lifestyle. Within one year, she restored her vitality and lowered her thyroid antibodies by half. Ginny is a passionate advocate of supporting others on their journeys toward better health. She is a Cordon Bleu trained chef, cooking instructor, writer, and entrepreneur.