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Asian Green Bean Stir-Fry

December 2005/January 2006

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Pungent and savory black bean-garlic sauce is the secret ingredient in this ultra-quick stir-fry.


Asian Green Bean Stir-Fry Recipe

Makes: 4 servings, 1 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 14-ounce can mixed stir-fry vegetables, rinsed, or 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed stir-fry vegetables, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon black bean-garlic sauce, (see Ingredient note)

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green beans and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring often, until seared in spots, 2 to 3 minutes. Add water, cover, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes for tender-crisp or 6 minutes for tender. Uncover, increase heat to medium-high, add stir-fry vegetables and black bean-garlic sauce. Cook, stirring often, until heated through and most of the liquid has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes.

Tips & Notes

  • Ingredient Note: Black bean-garlic sauce: This savory, salty sauce used in Chinese cooking is made from fermented black beans, garlic and rice wine. Found in the Asian-food section of large supermarkets or at Asian markets. Use it in stir-fries and marinades for beef, chicken or tofu.

Nutrition

Per serving: 59 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 3 g protein; 5 g fiber; 327 mg sodium; 238 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (30% daily value), Vitamin K (20% dv), Vitamin A (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 2 vegetable


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Recipe Categories

Servings
4
Main Ingredient
Beans/Legumes
Preparation/ Technique
Saute
Meal/Course
Dinner

Type of Dish
Side dish, vegetable
Ethnic/Regional
Asian
Chinese
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
30 minutes or less
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