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Dressed Up Fresh Green Beans in a Slow Cooker

Fresh green beans were a staple of Easter meals when I was growing up. The problem with making them, however, is that they often need to be monitored closely, or they get over-done. That said, if you’re having company, you may not have that luxury. This recipe takes some of that worry away.

chopping green beans

In addition, it can be handy to have more than one slow cooker. Even more so if one of them has a divided pot. Then you prepare yesterday’s ham recipe along with today’s green beans and have most of your meal cooking without you needing to hover over the stove.


  • 1 lb fresh green beans, cut into pieces (you can also use 2 cans of green beans, drained and cook for less time)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup bacon, chopped into pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Add all the ingredients to your slow cooker and mix well.
  2. Cook on low heat for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours for fresh green beans. If you’re using canned green beans cook for an hour on high or two hours on low.


The bacon is what really adds flavor to the beans. Use it uncooked and fresh.


Planning an Easter Meal at Home?

Easy Easter at HomeMake it a relaxing, easy event with the tips, suggestions and recipes included in Easy Easter at Home, Carma’s Cookery’s latest report. Take a sneak peak at the Table of Contents, then grab a copy of your own!

  1. Introduction
  2. Planning Ahead: Easter Activities & Decorations
  3. Hosting Easter Without the Stress
  4. Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch or Dinner?
  5. Share The Joy – You Don’t Have To Do Everything Yourself
  6. It’s Not Just About the Easter Bunny – A Short History of Easter
  7. Getting Creative with Leftovers
  8. Closing Words
  9. Recipes
  10. Crafting Ideas

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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