Don’t forget the green beans for your next social gathering. Try one of these unique green beans recipe with your family and friends.

Green Beans with Maple-Bacon Dressing

1 bag (16 ounces) frozen French-style green beans

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon bacon bits

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Bring broth to boil in large saucepan, add beans, cover and simmer over medium-heat until beans are crisp-tender. Remove from heat, drain, and place beans in a serving bowl. Mix together bacon bits, syrup, vinegar, and pepper in small bowl and pour over beans. Toss.

Makes 2-3 servings.

Per serving: calories 76, fat 4g, saturated fat 1g, cholesterol 5mg, sodium 324mg, total carbohydrate 8g, dietary fiber 5g, protein 3g.

Green Beans and Sun-Dried Tomato Toss

1 lb. small red, white, and yellow new potatoes, halved or quartered

2 cups or 12 oz fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

1/4 sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained and chopped

1/3 cup bottled fat-Parmesan or Great Value Italian salad dressing

4 cups pre-washed Italian salad greens

4 slices, crisp cooked and crumbled (optional)

Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling; add potatoes, and green beans. Cook covered, until tender, about 10-12 minutes; drain. Return to pot. Add dried tomatoes and salad dressing; toss gently until well coated.

Place greens in large serving bowl. Stir in potatoes and beans. Sprinkle with bacon pieces, if desired.

Per serving: calories 110, fat 2g, cholesterol 138 mg, sodium 138 mg, carbohydrate 21g, fiber 4g, protein 4g.

Louisareal McDonald is the county agent for family and community health in Harrison County.

Louisareal McDonald is the county agent for family and community health in Harrison County.