Green beans unlike any you’ve had before. Just steamed enough to gain a dazzling green complexion, these beans are then enrobed with a sweet, peppery and nutty sauce that takes its flavor from some essential ingredients for the knowledgeable chef. Honey for rich sweetness, the tempered saltiness of soy sauce, the bright zing of fresh ginger (get a plump root from the grocer; avoid anything that looks dry or woody) and a splash of tahini. Made from sesame seeds, this Middle Eastern staple goes well with many different entrées, including falafel, with the fresh green taste of the simple bean.  

Yield: 8 (3 oz.) servings  
Prep Time: 5 minutes 
Cooking Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

1 lb. green beans
1/8 teaspoon chili flakes
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons non-sodium rice vinegar
4 tablespoons water
1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons tahini sauce
3 tablespoons fresh ginger root, minced
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce  

In a medium size pot with a lid place a steam basket, add enough water and place the green beans. Steam for 5-7 minutes. Set the green onions aside. Meanwhile mince the ginger and place with the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and puree. After green beans are steamed serve with tahini sauce and/or fold green beans into sauce to coat. Sprinkle with scallions.  

NUTRITIONAL DATA:  calories 58.4, total fat 2.5g, sat fat 0.3g, cholesterol 0mg, sodium 74.4mg, carbohydrates 7.6g, fiber 1.8g, sugars 4.2g, protein 2.3g 

Created by Chef Edwin Cabrera, Copyright © AdventHealth Press