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Vegan Bacon with Giant Flat Green Beans and Fresh Tomatoes
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Vegan Bacon with Giant Flat Green Beans and Fresh Tomatoes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Not so long ago a friend gave me two large green beans seeds to plant in my organic garden. At the time I planted the seeds I had no idea what the green beans were. The seeds grew and the plants took over the back corner of my yard. As the flowers started to produce beans I was amazed at their size. The beans are not the same as other green beans and take up to four months to grow these magnificent giants.

I had no idea how to prepare the green beans and searched on the Internet. I have yet to find any recipes for the giant flat green beans. The first try at cooking the beans was to cut them in strips and boil them in water adding my seasonings. I have experimented with different ways to cook the giant beans. Here is the recipe that everyone enjoys and asks for more:


  • 10 to 12 Strips of Morningstar Farms Bacon Strips – cooked until crisp
  • 6 Large Flat Green Beans cut into strips
  • 1 Onion - diced
  • 6 Cloves of Garlic – diced
  • 4 Large Ripe Tomatoes – cut and diced
  • 20 Fresh Basil Leaves – diced
  • Fresh Oregano – diced – use ground Oregano if you do not have fresh
  • 2 Small Jalapeño – seeds removed – diced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil 


  • Place the sliced giant green beans in steamer and steam for 10 minutes
  • Fry the Morningstar Farms Bacon Strips until crispy 

Cooking Instructions:

  • In deep dish frying skillet add olive oil and heat
  • Add onions and garlic – sauté till slightly brown
  • Add tomatoes, basil leaves, oregano, jalapenos, salt and pepper – cook until the tomatoes form a sauce * add can of tomato sauce if needed
  • Add steamed giant green beans and cut up bacon strips
  • Cover skillet and cook for 5 minutes

This makes an excellent side dish for any meal. I have served this for lunch adding a tossed green salad and baked French bread. The size of the green beans makes great conservation at the dinner table. When friends visit they love to see the giants grow.

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  1. Granny Smith
    Granny Smith
    This is an amazing size green bean - I think I can make this with other green beans
  2. Robert Daniels
    Green Giant would love your green beans lol
  3. Julie Davis
    Looks so good - that is one big green bean have never seen one before
  4. Jose Rodriguez
  5. Elaine Jackson
    Amazing size for a green bean - this recipe looks delicious
  6. Clare
    Unfortunately the Morningstar Bacon Strips aren't vegan :( They contain egg and dairy. I am still looking for a good vegan alternative.
    1. Julie Sinclair
      Julie Sinclair
      Thank you so much Clare you are so right that Morningstar is not bacon for vegans. I will switch my brand immediately. I had found this as the only vegan product for bacon when I was living in Europe. Now that I am home to America I will switch this and not use it again.
  7. L Davis
    Clare thanks for the tip on the bacon I still think this recipe looks good and want to try it one day soon. Never seen green beans like this before
    1. Clare
      Yeah it does still look good! I have been mislead at the store thinking "veggie" means vegan but many still contain dairy/egg so I thought I'd mention it just in case. :)
  8. George O Hara
    Look at the size of your green beans - amazing - you sure have a green thumb
  9. Simon Williams
    I had to create an account just to leave you a comment. When I saw your green beans I almost could not believe they were real. I have need seen beans that size before - great job
  10. fmveg
    Are Morningstar Farms bacon strips vegan in the UK or something? Here they are not in the USA. Here we have Upton's Seitan Bacon, and Lightlife. And of course, WONDERFUL Phoney Baloney's coconut Bacon! One of my favorite foods in life now!
    1. Julie Sinclair
      Julie Sinclair
      Thank you fmveg for your replay. I am so sorry but when I was living in Europe I found this in our local store in town. It was the closest I could find for bacon and started to use this at home. After returning to America I have not looked too closely at the markets here to find a replacement for the bacon. Now that you have told me about Phoney Baloney's coconut bacon I will switch to this from now on. I am so happy that you have pointed this out to me. Thank you so much.
      1. fmveg
        Yay! You are welcome, Julie! We need to help each other out! :) ~Kathleen (from FMVeg - Fargo Moorhead Vegetarians and Vegans)
  11. Julie Sinclair
    Julie Sinclair
    For anyone who wants to try this recipe please replace the Morningstar bacon with your preferred brand of vegan bacon. I am so sorry for the mistake this was the only vegan bacon product which was available in the local markets near my home in Europe. After arriving home to America I have not bought much bacon at all. I knew this brand so I used it in this recipe. I am sorry for the mistake and hope that anyone who finds this recipe interesting will swap out the bacon for a vegan brand. Thank you so much Julie
  12. Andre Yhuel
    Thanks for the heads-up Julie about the bacon I will use the band I like - voted
  13. Chris Meer
    Most Morningstar projducts have milk in them. Quoin also. Very disappointing .
  14. Vin Chauhun
    Vin Chauhun
    Pity we don't have bacon here in South Afrika...:) This looks like one delicious recipe-bookmarked !
  15. Cassidy Johnston
    This looks good - I will use my own vegan bacon to try this one out


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