Green Beans the Southern (and not so healthy) Way by Anna Adams

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Do you have favorite holiday recipes? I love my husband’s sweet potato souffle and my Aunt Dorothy’s cole slaw, a necessity at every family gathering. I love green beans so much I had to figure out how to make them because I didn’t always live around the women I love who’d cook them for me any time.

So—here we go. Not the heart-healthiest choice you’ll make, but once a year…

I don’t actually have amounts. So, I’m going to make you a shopping list.

Green Beans


Bacon (Peppered, if you have a pepper addiction. I do.)

Stock (Veggie or Chicken or whatever—and in the interest of being healthy—hahaha—I get the low-sodium, organic kind. Salt in the bacon, you know!)

Fry several slices of bacon. Ironically, I drain the bacon on a paper towel. Get rid of all the grease except enough to sauté the onions because you need the gift of onions frying in bacon grease at the holidays!

Chop the ends off the green beans.

Chop the onions. My husband can mince anything. I just chop them. I like to think they look rustic.

Saute the onions in the bacon grease.

Add the green beans. Let them saute a little, too. I tell myself it infuses a little extra flavor. (Who knows if it does?)

Add the stock. (Add a little bit of water if stock or broth is too strong a taste for you.)

Lower the heat and simmer until the green beans are as tender as you like them. I’d show you mine except I’m southern, so I’ve never eaten a veggie that wasn’t cooked to soggy bliss. And I actually want you to try this recipe, so I’m not going to put you off.

I hope you enjoy, and maybe you can read a story from Heartwarming Holiday Wishes while your green beans are cooking!

In Santa’s Secret Heart in Heartwarming Holiday Wishes. My hero, Mason Alexander, had no interest in the holidays, so naturally, I thought he needed to learn from inside Santa’s suit.

Mason Alexander has one goal—to get back to his unit on deployment, but Emma Rycroft and her son distract Christmas Town’s newest and most unwilling Santa. When Mason and Emma join forces to restore a child’s faith in holiday, they also find the love they once lost.

Anna Adams is a USA Today Bestseller, who has written for Harlequin Heartwarming and Harlequin Superromance. She's working on new contemporary romance stories, and she's excited about returning to Christmas Town, Maine, where the holidays are always sweet with her Heartwarming friends. You can find her at

In Heartwarming Holiday Wishes, Anna Adams contributed Santa's Secret Heart. Her most recent Harlequin Heartwarming release is A Christmas Miracle.