If you work all day, the last thing you want to do when you get home is bondage in front of a hot stove to make dinner. However, you don’t want to be tempted to sneak through the takeout window looking for poor quality junk food. If you are trying to eat healthy foods and control your weight, you want to eat foods that are rich in nutrients, that give you the best of the calories you consume.
The recipe below is great for a quick snack or as a side to a main meal. It is a great complement to chicken, fish, pork or beef.
Asian Green Beans Stir Fry
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 pound green beans, chopped into 1-inch pieces
Pinch of crushed red pepper
1/2 cup of water
1 12 cups fresh or frozen fried mixed vegetables (thaw if frozen)
1 tablespoon garlic black bean sauce (found in the Asian food section of most large grocery stores)
1. In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil over medium-high heat.
2. Add the green beans and ground red pepper.
3. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until burned, stirring frequently.
4. Add water, cover, and reduce heat to medium.
5. Cook 3-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, and cook longer for soft vegetables.
6. Uncover, increase heat to medium to high, and add fried vegetables, black bean sauce, and garlic.
7. Cook until heated through, stirring well.
8. The dish is ready when most of the liquid has evaporated.
Makes approximately 4.1 cups of servings.
Beans are high in fiber and protein, but they are also a great source of iron and vitamin B6, low in fat and calories, and provide heart-protecting antioxidants.
Karen Vicarelli is the founder and CEO of Fitness4Her.com, a women’s diet, exercise program and fitness blog developed specifically for women. Sports nutritionist and personal trainer, Karen has a treasure box full of healthy recipes that will keep you eating healthy, lean foods.