The green beans at my grocery story are beautiful around this time of year. This is a simple way to prepare them, using sesame seeds to add a nutty flavor and extra crunch. Sesame seeds are also an excellent source of calcium, making them a great addition to a dairy free diet.
Green beans taste best to me when they are firm. To test and see if they are done, I use a fork to see if there is a slight give, and then taste one just to make sure they are done. Incidentally, my gluten free dog really enjoys green beans, and I know I've nailed the recipe when I can hear the crunch of the green beans in his mouth! He is also enjoying the benefits of a gluten free diet. After suffering for years with skin problems, he is now mostly itch free.
1 lb green beans, washed and trimmed
1/2 cup sesame seeds
2 tsp unrefined toasted sesame oil
sea salt to taste
Gently toast the sesame seeds in a frying pan over low heat, until lightly browned. Steam beans in a steamer for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how crisp you like them. Place green beans in a serving bowl and toss with sesame oil. Add toasted sesame seeds and mix. Add sea salt to taste. Source: www.foodsensitivityjournal.com