Gingery Green Beans for St. Patrick’s Day

I wanted to call this “Cooking String Beans by the Strings of your Apron,”  but it was too long to use as a title. Nevertheless, I did want to introduce the idea of putting together a dish without explicit amounts, especially dishes with a lot of leeway, that is, a little more of something or a little less of something else does not hurt the results. Coincidentally, I did not measure the ingredients for this recipe until I made it a second time before going away, so it is a perfect choice for me to introduce the concept and be able to back it up with the actual list of ingredients.

First, while string beans may not be on the 10 heart-healthy food list on my Home Page, green beans contain nutrients worth mentioning.  I would not consider them a super-food, but they have a place in my recipes because they are quick cooking, flavorful, and can be used hot or cold.

Below the recipe is a listing* I found from typing the “nutritional value of green beans” in my address bar.

Gingery Green Beans 

Utensils: Cutting board and knife, strainer, pot for cooking (with a steamer, optional), bowl and serving platter
Prep. Time: About 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5-7 minutes
Categories: Vegan (V), Gluten-Free (GF), No Sugar Added (NSA)
Ingredients

About 8 oz. of green beans
Fresh ginger slices
Salt & Pepper to taste
Water or stock (aboput 1/2 inch in pot)
About 2 tsp. Olive oil
Sesame seeds
Directions

1. Wash the green beans and drain in the strainer. Then cut off stem tips, the ends attached to the plant, not the pointed tips, and cut beans into thirds or halves, depending on how long they are.

2. Place cut beans in a large pot with 2″ of water or stock, either in a steamer rack or  directly in about the 2″ of water or stock. (To cut down prep time, bring water to a boil while you are preparing the beans.) Add ginger slices to water/stock.

3. Cook beans about 5-7 minutes, depending on how thick they are and how crunchy tender you like them. They should keep their dark green color and not change to an olive-green shade.

4. Drain and place in a bowl with  2 tsp. olive oil (or other oil of your choice) and toss, adding salt and pepper to taste. (Feel free to keep the ginger slices with the beans, or not.)
5. Sprinkle on sesame seeds and serve immediately.
Serves 4-6, depending on what you have for a main course and if you have salad.
Note: Any leftover green beans can be refrigerated and added to a cold salad or stew or soup the next day.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

* Nutrition Facts

Amount Per
Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 6 mg 0%
Potassium 209 mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 7 g 2%
Dietary fiber 3.4 g 13%
Protein 1.8 g 3%
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 27%
Calcium 3% Iron 5%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 6%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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