Saturday, July 16, 2016

Chinese Green Beans #Recipe @PegCochran

In my never ending quest to make vegetables more exciting, I decided to try a recipe that claimed to duplicate the delicious green beans you get in a Chinese restaurant (why do other cultures make veggies taste so good when all we do is boil them and douse them in butter?)

I found a recipe which, needless to say, I adapted somewhat!  It was delicious and really very easy.  With green beans in great supply right now at farmer's markets and the grocery store, it's the perfect time to try this.


Green beans (I bought enough for two people)
Vegetable oil or cooking spray (if you want to keep the calories low)
1 tsp. grated ginger (I used the jarred stuff--don't tell!)
1 garlic clove minced (ditto on the garlic--it makes weeknight meals so fast!)
2 TBL water
1 TBL soy sauce
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes or, I used 1/2 tsp. sirracha

Wash beans and trim ends.

Boil or steam your green beans.  I put them in boiling water for three minutes.  Then drain and plunge into cold water to stop the cooking.

Combine water, soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil and pepper or sirracha, whisk well and set aside.

Coat a skillet with oil or cooking spray.  Add ginger and garlic and saute for several seconds.   Add beans and saute for five minutes.

Add reserved water/soy mixture and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.

Serve and enjoy!

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  1. Oh, I love beans! This is a great twist. I like adding bits of bacon, too.

    1. Oh, bacon! Bacon makes everything taste good!

  2. Thank you thank you thank you! Green bean flavor is sooo elusive. I'm off to share this excellent version.



  3. I really like green beans with just butter but this sounds tasty also.

    1. When they're super fresh, butter is great--good with a squeeze of lemon, too!

  4. I love green beans, thanks for the recipe, I'm looking forward to reading this Penney

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