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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hot and Spicy Garlic Green Beans

You really know summer's end is near when it's 7pm and you're scrambling to get your recipe du jour cooked up and photographed in what remains of the natural light coming through your kitchen window. Not so long ago, 7 pm offered more than the cool, blue tones I was able to capture in this picture of delicious sauteed green beans. Limited light aside, this side dish (or meal if you're anything like me after a long day of work) is so easy to throw together and extremely open to personal touches. Throw in a handful of nuts or seeds: peanuts, cashews, walnuts, sesame... yum! Got mushrooms? Slice 'em up and add them, too. Use soy sauce or salt. Apple cider, white, or rice vinegar... they all work! Absolutely love cilantro? Give some a rough chop and sprinkle it on right before serving. Just be sure to add the four base ingredients: fresh garlic, green beans, oil, and red pepper flake.

Make the most of those tender summer crops while they're still coming in!

Hot and Spicy
Garlic Green Beans

makes 2 sides or 1 meal portion

  • 1 pint green beans, stems removed
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil (I used walnut oil)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced or sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • soy sauce or salt to taste
  • red pepper flake to taste
  • mushrooms, fresh herbs, nuts, or seeds (optional)


In a pan over medium-low heat, cook garlic in oil until golden brown. Turn up the heat to medium-high and add the remaining ingredients; toss often to evenly coat the beans with sauce and to avoid burning the garlic. Cook 2-3 minutes or just until the beans are slightly tender. Serve immediately. Goes well with rice!


Image by Rebekah Carter (2011).

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