I've got a question for all you mommas out there. When you were pregnant, what were your food cravings? You know, those foods you couldn't live without and could eat without end? Around my second trimester I became a self-proclaimed Green Bean Monster. Savory, spicy, roasted, sautéed, or steamed, green beans were my jam. I was singlehandedly putting away between 2-3 pounds of green beans each week. 😆
When you're eating anything with that voracity, its nice to have some variety. One of the recipes in my lean mean green bean rotation was these Garlic Sesame Roasted Green Beans.
They may not look like much but don't let them fool you. These are a treat. Slightly sweet, mostly savory with just the right bit of crunch (no soggy beans here). These green beans make the perfect side, can be added to a stir fry, or enjoyed all on their own. Plus, they are an absolute pinch to make.
To start, wash and drain your beans.
Next, whisk together your simple sauce.
Pour sauce over beans,
and toss until well coated.
Next, place your beans onto a baking sheet,
and roast until slightly tender and golden.
For added crunch, add chopped cashews or almonds.
Nutrition Notes: Green beans contain a rich source of vitamins A and C and carotenoids including lutein and beta-carotene which protect the skin, eyes, and immune system. They also contain minerals such as manganese, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium, which are important for the bones, heart, and metabolism. Antioxidants and flavonoids found in green beans include catechins, epicatechins, and procyanidins which can promote good heart health, reduce cell oxidation, and may reduce the risk of many types of cancer.
1 lb fresh green beans
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp coconut aminos, liquid aminos, or tamarin, or soy sauce
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Wash and drain green beans. Blot with a towel to remove some moisture. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and aminos. Pour sauce over green beans and toss until well coated. Place green beans on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until tender and garlic is golden (not burnt!) Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts (makes 3 servings)
Calories - 94 Fat - 5g Carbohydrates - 12g Protein - 3g Fiber - 4g Vitamin A - 21%DRI Vitamin C - 31%DRI