JadeCrate likes to share recipes with its subscribers because part of bohemian living includes cooking, yes cooking. Each month we focus on in-season vegetables and simple dishes for busy boho-chic gals who need to cook up a fast and delicious meal. This months veggie is green beans.
In Season – Green Beans
It’s green bean season. What we like about them is they are more versatile than people think with a ton of health benefits, not to mention, a delicious one-course item if you are looking to snack on a low-calorie dinner and are sick of salads. Besides being high in fiber, bonus properties include vitamin A, C, K, B6, and folic acid. They also help reduce heart disease, possess anti-inflammatory properties, and are packed with antioxidants. If you have a chance to pick up a fresh bushel this month, you can find many recipes online for stand-alone meals or ways to spruce them up to complement main courses.
For our vegetarian fans – this one’s for you!
Caramelized Spicy Green Beans, Recipe by Southern Living (slightly modified)
1-pound fresh haricots verts (green beans)
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 – 2 cloves of minced garlic (optional)
1 medium-size red bell pepper sliced long ways in small strips
1/2 medium-size sweet onion halved and sliced thin
1 teaspoon peanut, olive, or sesame oil
3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt (any seasoned salt of preference will work)
Set up an ice bath in a large bowl. Start cooking the beans by adding a tsp of salt to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Add green beans, cover, and cook 1 minute (2 if you like them a little more tender); drain. Plunge green beans into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain well, pressing between paper towels. Stir together brown sugar, soy sauce, and dried crushed red pepper. Sauté bell pepper, onion, garlic, and green beans in hot peanut oil in a large skillet over high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until beans look blistered and start to brown. Sprinkle with seasoned salt. Remove from heat; add soy sauce mixture to green bean mixture and stir to coat. Serve
We served them with a side of brown rice and it was a very satisfying weeknight meal, but we did need to add extra soy sauce. They would also work with ramen noodles to create a spicy noodle salad, just add a little soy sauce to the noodles.
Alternate cooking method: You can swap the skillet in the final cooking step and grill in a veggie basket if preferred, be sure to spray the veggies with oil or toss them in a bag with some oil.
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