I’m always at a loss as to what I’m going to put as a side to the protein or main component to my dinners. Everybody has about a million ways they can prepare chicken, a hundred thousand ways to prepare beef and countless ways to prepare pork. But what about the stuff you complement it with? How many ways can you make potatoes? Ten, maybe? How many ways can you prepare asparagus? This is why it’s necessary to have a fantastic arsenal of side dishes that you can whip up lickety split. Here’s one that can be made in no time!


5 slices Maple Leaf bacon

400g Green Beans

½ cup White wine

½ Lemon, juiced

¼ cup Sliced Almonds

Salt and Pepper


1. Grab your bacon and chop it up into large pieces. Throw it in your largest pan and give them a good frying. If you have a wok, that would work well here.

2. Once your bacon is crispy and has released all of its wonderful fat, throw in your beans and give them a good toss around. Let them sautee for a few minutes.

3. Toss in a half cup of white wine and immediately put on the lid to your pan. Let these beans steam in that wonderful fragrant liquid that is white wine. Do this until it has all evaporated.

4. Once the beans have been cooked to your liking (they should still be fairly crunchy), toss them in a bowl with the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

5. Plate, and top with a handful of sliced almonds. Absolutely delish. Great on the side for a steak, or some grilled chiken, or a pork chop or…