Loaded Green Beans | THM: S, Keto, GF

Green beans are my favorite non-starchy side. I always have a few bags of frozen ones in the freezer. Often, I’ll just boil them until tender-crisp and toss with a dab of butter and mineral salt, but after making these loaded green bean last week, I may never make them another way again!

Oozing with melted cheese, and flavored by butter, crispy bacon, garlic, Parmesan, mineral salt, ground pepper, and nutritional yeast, these loaded green beans are a fabulous substitution for poutine, or baked white potatoes! 

Loaded green beans take less than 30 minutes to get on the table. All that’s required is coating them with  the melted butter and seasoning, baking for 20 minutes, and then adding the mozzarella cheese and bacon crumbles before broiling for 4 more minutes. 

I love serving this with a crock-pot beef roast for a super fast and easy S meal (the kids get a side of mashed potatoes with theirs). One sheet pan full of loaded green beans is just the right amount for our family size. 

Alternatively, you could use asparagus spears in place of green beans. They are also a non-starchy vegetable that dress up well with cheese and bacon (what doesn’t taste good with those things??).

I use my stoneware bar pan almost exclusively for baking and cooking meats because it keeps things from drying out, but these loaded green beans are an exception. They crisp up much better if you use a metal baking sheet. You want the green beans to get a bit crispy, kind of like a French fry, and stoneware will make them too soggy. 

I hope you enjoy this low-carb, keto, gluten-free side; you may not even realize you’re eating vegetables! 😀 

Yield: 6-7 servings

Loaded Green Beans | THM: S, Keto, GF

Loaded Green Beans | THM: S, Keto, GF

You may never prepare them another way again after you try these Loaded Green Beans! They take just 5 minutes of prep and are on the table in 30 minutes. Low-carb, gluten-free, keto, THM: S.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh green beans
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • mineral salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup bacon crumbles (cooked)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Arrange green beans in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in minced garlic. Pour over green beans, stirring to coat. Sprinkle on salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle on mozzarella cheese and bacon crumbles. Broil for 4 more minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly. Serve immediately.

Loaded Cauliflower Bisque | THM: S or FP

This loaded cauliflower bisque is so much tastier than it looks (three cheers for brightly colored bacon, sour cream, parsley and cheese that make simple soups doubly delicious and photogenic!), but don’t judge a soup by its color!

Aside from being boilinapotandrunitthroughtheblender kind of easy, this loaded cauliflower bisque can be a Trim Healthy Mama-friendly Fuel Pull or an S, depending on how much of the suggested garnish you choose to put on top.  I tend to go all out when in come to putting cheese and bacon crumbles on my soup, so this bisque often turns into an S for me, but it’s amazingly good without, too.

Thanks to the addition of Vitamin B-rich, protein-packed, high fiber nutritional yeast, you can still enjoy a cheesy flavor even when you’re in Fuel Pull mode!

Nutritional Yeast

While nutritional yeast gives this cauliflower bisque a dairy-free, cheesy flavor, paprika, mineral salt, and ground pepper warm it up. Onion, leek and celery sauted in a pat of butter, chicken broth, and dried parsley add to the overall flavor. A small amount of half & half (not enough per serving to make this bisque an S), adds to the creaminess. You could even leave it out completely, if you prefer.

Pile on the bacon, cheddar, and sour cream for a solid S meal; or, use leaner turkey bacon, a sprinkle of Parmesan, and a dollop of 0% fat Greek yogurt for loaded flavor the Fuel Pull way. Consider adding a scoop of collagen to your bisque for a protein boost.

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Loaded Cauliflower Soup | THM: S or FP

Loaded Cauliflower Soup | THM: S or FP

This delicious, loaded cauliflower soup can be served as Trim Healthy Mama S or FP, depending how much garnish you choose to serve with it!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 heads of cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp mineral salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup half & half
  • S GARNISH:
  • crumbled bacon
  • grated cheddar
  • sour cream
  • dried parsley flakes
  • FP Garnish:
  • crumbled turkey bacon
  • grated Parmesan
  • 0% Greek yogurt
  • dried parsley flakes

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, saute onion and leek in butter until translucent. Add cauliflower and seasonings, stir and cook for a few minutes in onion mixture. Pour in chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until cauliflower is completely tender. Blend soup thoroughly and return to pot. Stir in half & half. Re-heat and serve with garnish.