Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sesame Green Beans

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:

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