Chinese Style Green Beans

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Chinese food is one of the great comfort foods,however it could be a caloric bomb waiting to destroy your physique!!!  Today we are sharing a healthy spin on the typical buffet style fried green beans.

You can enjoy this delicious side dish without all the added sodium and oils. Add a cup of chickpeas and you have a healthy and hearty meal that will leave you feeling good.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional or adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons reduce sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • black pepper
  • salt (optional)
  • arrowroot or tapioca flour (mixed with cold water to thicken sauce)
  • sliced almonds or sesame seeds

Directions:

  • Cook the green beans in a pot of boiling salted water until JUST crisp-tender (about 3 minutes) plunge into an ice water bath to cool completely.
  • Drain well and pat the beans dry using paper towels.
  • Heat sesame oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat; add in garlic and chili flakes (if using) stir-fry 1 minute.
  • Add in beans and stir-fry for about 2 minutes.
  • Add in soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup and black pepper; cook until the sauce reduces slightly and coats the beans (about 1-1/2-2 minutes longer).
  • If you want a thick sauce mix a small amount of tapioca
    or arrowroot with a small amount of cold water and add in towards the end.
  • Add in the almonds or sesame seeds; toss to coat and transfer to a bowl.
  • Serve immediately

Enjoy 😉

Zuzana

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