JadeCrate – Recipe of the Month is Caramelized Spicy Green Beans

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)

Ingredients

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.

Enjoy!


About JadeCrate:  JadeCrate is both a subscription and gift box business with our core principals and foundational beliefs centered in bohemian living both physically and mentally. Our boxes are filled each month with products catering to your inner flower child.  They include a mix of boho chic styled accessories, décor, natural skin care, artisan teas, fair-trade wares, and organic snacks. In addition to great goods, each box includes positive vibes with insider tips on bohemian living, recipes, and exercises to help you get through the month with a smile.  Find out more today at www.jadecrate.com

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About JadeCrate:  JadeCrate is both a subscription and gift box business with our core principals and foundational beliefs centered in bohemian living both physically and mentally. Our boxes are filled each month with products catering to your inner flower child.  They include a mix of boho chic styled accessories, décor, natural skin care, artisan teas, fair-trade wares, and organic snacks. In addition to great goods, each box includes positive vibes with insider tips on bohemian living, recipes, and exercises to help you get through the month with a smile.  Find out more today at www.jadecrate.com.

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In Season – Watermelon

The JadeCrate newsletter comes with a recipe, usually comprised of in-season vegetables and a protein.  However, it’s July, it’s hot, thirst beats out hunger in this simple recipe.

If you are looking for something refreshing and unique and maybe you are a vegetarian or vegan, you just might love this recipe from allrecipes.com (modified slightly)

Fresh Watermelon Water

  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon – deseed if you are using one with seeds, otherwise, the texture is too grainy.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, or to taste (original recipe calls for 1/2 cup – way too sweet)
  • 12-24 fresh mint leaves (this is a to taste option)
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • Lime slices for garnish
  • Lots of ice

Puree the watermelon and water in a blender until smooth. Muddle the sugar, lime juice, and 12 to 24 of the fresh mint leaves.  Evenly distribute the muddled mixture into the bottom of 6-8 glasses.  Fill each glass with ice. Pour in the watermelon water, and stir before serving. Garnish with lime slices and a few mint leaves.

If you are looking to create an adult beverage, you can add a jigger of GOOD vodka to the glasses before pouring the watermelon water.  Cheers and Enjoy

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