Garlic Green Beans
Start to finish: 15 minutes
3 cups green beans, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil (or half olive oil and half sesame oil)
¼ cup minced shallot
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less according to spice preference)
2 tablespoons fresh minced ginger
6 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons honey
Heat a large saute pan, heat the oil over high heat. Meanwhile, place the minced shallot, sesame seed and red pepper flakes in a small bowl, and have the ginger and garlic prepped and ready (separately), too. Add the shallot, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes to the pan and cook until fragrant and sesame seeds are golden brown, about two minutes, stirring frequently with wooden spoon.
Lower heat to medium high and add the minced garlic and cook another minute. Add the green beans and the ginger and saute for two minutes. Add the soy sauce, honey and 2 tablespoons of water and cover to allow to steam for 2 minutes (or longer if you want softer green beans). Uncover the pan, and cook until the liquid reduces down to a glaze, coating the beans. Serve.