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Here’s a fantastic way to spice up your green beans! This easy caramelized green beans and shallot recipe is ideal to accompany any weight watchers meal.

I love veggies, but sometimes, I find it hard to get all my daily servings in without things getting boring. So when I tried this recipe, I was THRILLED! Full of flavor and light on calories, these tasty green beans with shallots and butter and bacon will be enjoyed by everyone.

And with just a 1 Point per serving, it’s the perfect weight watchers side dish recipe.


Shallots and Butter Green Beans Recipe


  • 2 lbs green beans, cleaned & trimmed
  • 1 cup sliced shallots
  • 2 tbsp Hormel 50% Less Fat Real Bacon Bits
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp light butter (I used Brummel & Brown)
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper


  1. In a large frying pan or wok, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the garlic and shallots and saute for about 4 minutes. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and cook for 1 1/2 more minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and add in the grated lemon rind, chopped thyme, salt and pepper.
  4. Cook the green beans in boiling water for about 3 minutes (or until crisp-tender); drain.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the green beans with the shallot mixture and toss well to coat.

Entire recipe makes 10 servings
Serving size is 1 cup
Each serving = 1 Point


  1. Uberman62

    Great recipe.  Too much rosemary for my taste though.  I think next time I’ll skip it altogether.

  2. Uberman62

    I guess I’ll add the bacon bits with the shallots and garlic, then add the the rosemary with the thyme and salt and pepper.

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