Posted by Meredith on Oct - 22 - 2012 Meal: Cuisine:
Ingredients
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1/3 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce ( see recipe below)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • For the hoisin sauce:
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Cuisine: Ready in: 15 mins Serving: 2 people

I used to love getting the szechuan green beans at Chinese restaurants, but ever since I have been eating healthy, I haven’t gone back to Chinese restaurants to get those green beans. I was craving them so I decided to figure out a healthy recipe. These szechuan style healthy green beans hit the spot! My family was basically fighting over them and everyone wanted more. I can’t wait to make this recipe again!

Tip: This makes double the hoisin sauce you will need for the recipe. Refrigerate the extra for later, or double the green beans and refrigerate the extra green beans. They are great the next day!

I like making my hoisin sauce first and setting it aside.

Just put all 7 ingredients for the hoisin sauce into a bowl and whisk it until the peanut butter is completely mixed in. You cannot over whisk it. It should be completely blended. Set it aside.

Then I like to toast my sesame seeds. Just toss them in a nonstick skillet on high heat for a few minutes stirring them until they begin to toast and lightly brown. Remove them from the heat and set them aside.

For the green beans, you can get fresh green beans or fresh haricot verts. Haricot vert are French green beans. They are long and thinner than most varieties of American green beans. They are also more tender and have a great flavor. You can usually find them in 1 pound bags. healthy green beans

Trim the edges of these healhty green beans. Chop the onion. Add the green beans and the onion to a large nonstick skillet on high heat. Keep them on the high heat tossing them occasionally until they are charred with black marks. This takes between 12-15 minutes.

While they are charring, add the water, extra garlic cloves, ginger and sugar to the hoisin sauce.

When the green beans are charred, remove them from the heat. Pour in the hoisin sauce. Toss them to coat and top with the toasted sesame seeds.

I hope you enjoy this healthy green bean recipe as much as I do! I love being able to make healthy recipes for foods i’m craving and be satisfied. Enjoy!

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Sunithi says:

    The hoisin sauce sounds so healthy & yummy. Will try this out. Thanks for sharing a lovely recipe!

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