Cranberry Balsamic Green Beans


It can be a real struggle to think of a recipe everyone in your house will love. To be honest, I have a harder time caring about what others want when it comes to food. Do you do that too? I don’t want to constantly try to please 5 different taste buds. Not to mention when we have company!

I think secretly I just want everyone to adhere to what I like to eat. Life would be so much easier! I could cook my favorite dishes, and the kids would all say thank you and maybe even offer to do the clean up. While my kids are great about helping around the house, we are not quite to that stage of parenting. Having your child volunteer to help around the house? That’s the dream!

I digress. These green beans may not have won the hearts of my 4 and almost 2-year old, but the rest of us loved them! I know Sam and Rori will come around. They just don’t like so many flavors thrown into one meal. It says a lot about this dish that my 8-year old loved them though. I’m sure there are plenty of you moms out there who would love to have some veggie recipes your kids request over and over. That’s the dream too.

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What I love about these flavorful green beans is how simple it makes the rest of your meal. Pair this with grilled chicken and red steamed potatoes. Or try my honey sesame pork chops over a bed of brown rice with these veggies. Not only will you have a complete meal, but a quick one too. Making real food doesn’t have to take hours, and no one really has that extra time either.

I’d much rather spend my time reading with the kids or finishing up the dishes for the evening than slaving over the stove. Not to mention the horror of what happens when dinner takes too long and you have “hangry” kiddos. That’s the worst. I’m not much better than the kids so when this mom gets “hangry” I find myself much more snappy.

Do yourself a favor and make these green beans. Sit down to a nice family dinner and look at the wonderful family you have. People are a gift. Enjoy them and enjoy this side dish!

Cranberry Balsamic Green Beans

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Yield: 1 lb. green beans in sauce

Serving Size: 4 oz. green beans

Cranberry Balsamic Green Beans


  • 1 lb fresh green beans
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 pieces pepper bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3 T molasses
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar


  1. In a medium pan, heat the oil. This only takes about 1 minute - especially if you have a cast iron pan.
  2. While the pan is heating up, snap the ends of the green beans off and pull that little string off the sides.
  3. Toss in the green beans and begin to fry them at medium-high heat.
  4. Mince your garlic and throw that in too. Using tongs mix the garlic into the green beans. Doesn't that smell so good??!?
  5. Cook for 2 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium-low.
  6. Pour in the white wine, balsamic and molasses. You are making a reduction. It looks like a lot of sauce right now, but it will thin out in a few minutes.
  7. As the sauce thins, toss the green beans around every minute. Depending on how your pan hold heat, the sauce may take 3-7 minutes to thin into a thicker sauce.
  8. Now add in the pepper, bacon and cranberries. Reduce the heat to low and cook for another 3 minutes, allowing the cranberries to soften.
  9. Turn off the heat and bring those veggies to the table!
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