Green beans are always good, and with a little Asian spice they’re even better! These Asian green beans are a little different twist on beans that my family loves.
Many people believe you have to use olive oil to caramelize onions, but veggie broth does just as good of a job and tastes every bit as good.
Caramelizing the onions adds a delicious savory flavor to this green bean recipe, and it’s so easy to do for this recipe or others.
- In large pot, add approximately half cup of veggie broth and thinly sliced onion.
- Saute for a few minutes until browned and caramelizing.
- As this cooks, add a little more veggie broth, scrape any of the caramelized brown part and mix into broth.
- Next, add green beans and 3/4 cup veggie broth and cook on medium high heat for approximately 15 minutes covered, until slightly tender, but still somewhat firm.
- Add Asian Sauce with arrowroot powder and lower heat. It will thicken quickly. Cook another 5 minutes and serve. Your family is going to love this new twist on green beans!
Asian sauce for this recipe
About 30 years ago, a Japanese friend taught me how to whip this sauce up for a lot of the dishes he prepared. He mostly used it as a dipping sauce, but I have found so many more uses for it over the years.
It takes about 5-minutes to prepare and is so versatile!
To thicken, siimply add arrowroot powder and simmer for just a minute.
Nutrition in Green Beans
A 125-gram or 1-cup serving of green beans, cooked, provides 44 calories, 2.5 grams of protein, 10 grams of carbohydrates, zero grams of fat, 4 grams of dietary fiber and 1.25 milligrams of sodium.
This vegetable is rich in many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and K, folate, potassium and manganese, according to the website NutritionValue.
In addition, they are a food source of several carotenoids, which is a form of vitamin A found in fruits and vegetables that act as antioxidants. Carotenoids in green beans include beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.–LiveStrong
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Asian Green Beans
- 1 lb. of fresh green beans, with ends clipped off
- 1 small onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- sea salt to taste
- garlic powder to taste
- veggie broth for cooking
- Asian Sauce, recipe below
- ¼ cup tamari or soy sauce, if necessary, make sure gluten-free
- ¼ cup water
- lemon juice, 1-1/2 Tbsp or juice from 1/2 lemon
- ½ Tbsp sweetener, sugar, sucanat, maple syrup, agave, etc.
- 1 tsp. minced garlic, I use kind from jar
- arrowroot powder or corn starch to thicken
- In large pot, add approximately 1/2 cup of veggie broth and thinly sliced onion. Saute for a few minutes until browned and caramelizing. As this cooks, add a little more veggie broth, scrape any of the caramelized brown part and mix into broth.
- Now, add minced garlic and saute another 5 minutes.
- Next, add green beans and 3/4 cup veggie broth and cook on medium high heat for approximately 15 minutes covered, until slightly tender, but still somewhat firm. Be careful not to overcook.
- Add Asian Sauce with arrowroot powder and lower heat. It will thicken quickly. Cook another 5 minutes and serve.
- Whisk all ingredients in bowl.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73 Total Fat: .2g Saturated Fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 13.2g Fiber: 4.4g Protein: 4.3g