The farmers’ market was full of green beans and truthfully, my kids are not big fans, but I am, so I made the executive decision to get some. I remember having to pull the ends off when I was younger to get them ready to cook, it’s still the most dreadful part of cooking fresh green beans. I’ve made sesame green beans before, but I’ve always just thrown a bunch of stuff in a pan (the way I cook most everything) and never written it down. Tonight, I wrote it down for everyone to enjoy. For the most part, I can see grouping like foods together at a meal. You know, spanish rice with tacos, or greens with fried chicken, you get the idea. Tonight we had veggie sandwiches and sesame green beans. They really don’t fit the same flavor profiles, but for my family, it is perfect. We pretty much eat what we like and don’t worry about what people might think of it. To get the green beans ready to cook, you have to blanch them (or steam them if you prefer). Blanching is just cooking in boiling water for a few minutes and then immediately placing them in a cool water bath to stop the cooking. There are minimal nutrient losses in blanching and this is how vegetables are prepared before they are frozen.
- 4 cups fresh green beans, ends trimmed or snapped and cut in half or 4 cups frozen green beans
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- ½ Tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- In a medium saucepan, boil enough water to cover green beans after water is boiling
- When water starts boiling, add green beans and blanch for 3 minutes; drain
- Immediately place green beans in cold water bath and set aside
- In a small skillet, toast sesame seeds over low heat and set aside
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil and saute garlic for 1 minute, careful not to burn garlic
- Add soy sauce, sesame oil, green beans, and toasted sesame seeds
- Allow green beans to reheat and stir occasionally
- Serve warm
I hope you try this side dish. I have a very picky 3 year old who asked for “more green beans please”!