When I came across a recipe of green beans with  bacon and hazelnuts some time ago, it was declared a side dish. Some grains and seeds would serve just right to make it a complete and filling meal. I chose quinoa, but it would work as well with bulgur or brown rice. I love the smoky flavor of the bacon together with the beans and the slightly lemon-scented grains just round up the taste of the whole dish with some freshness.

1 teaspoon olive oil 
1 large shallot, chopped
1 pound green beans, trimmed 
1/2 cup water 
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 
2 tablespoons chopped toasted hazelnuts
1/4 teaspoon salt 

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
Salt to taste 

2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
1/3 cup roasted, salted pumpkin seeds

Serves 2-3 
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until starting to brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add green beans and cook, stirring often, until seared in spots, 2 to 3 minutes. Add water; cover, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes for tender-crisp or 6 minutes for tender. Remove from heat and stir in bacon, hazelnuts and salt.

Place quinoa with water and salt into a bowl and cook covered and over medium low heat until all liquid has been absorbed. Transfer to serving bowl. Mix oil and lemon juice in a bowl and pour over the cooked quinoa. Stir in the seeds. Add the green bean mixture and toss. Serve hot or at room temperature.


  1. Quinoa is one of my favorite power foods. Never tried it with bacon before. Love the suggestion 🙂

  2. Just had this for supper tonight, I added a little grated Parmesan on top. Delicious dish.

  3. Yum! We just bought bacon for the first time in a VERY long time, so knew it was time to try out on of your bacon-centric recipes (we use your recipes quite a lot 🙂 I love the combination of not only flavors, but textures in this! Sometimes you have a way with textures, Anja. It completes the dining experience.

  4. Thank you Sarah! Your comment makes my day and reminds me to make that dish again. Haven’t had it for a long time!

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