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Zippy Green Beans

 Zippy Green Beans
A sweet-and-sour sauce makes fresh green beans a little special. The tangy treatment for this everyday vegetable dresses them up nicely, so they complement most any meal. —Suzanne McKinley of Lyons, Georgia
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 4 cups fresh or frozen green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine or apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water


  • Place beans in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil.
  • Cook, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat
  • until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Drain,
  • reserving 1 teaspoon drippings. In the same skillet, saute onion
  • until tender. Stir in the wine, sugar, vinegar and salt.
  • Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; add to the skillet.
  • Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Drain beans; top with onion mixture. Sprinkle with bacon; toss to
  • coat. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (3/4 cup) equals 98 calories,

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Zippy Green Beans (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.