Asian Inspired Wax Beans


I was in the mood for something different tonight.  I had steak tips for the grill and I whipped up some gluten free savory cheese muffins, all great but not very exciting.  How could I step the meal up a bit?  I started browsing the Internet for wax bean recipes.  I came across a recipe from Martha Stewart of all people, and she roasted the beans and tossed them in Asian flavored sauce.  I couldn’t resist.  I have never roasted beans nor have I gone with Asian flavors lately, so I decided to give it a try.  Of course I made a few of my own tweeks to the recipe but here is the original starting place:

http://www.marthastewart.com/851670/roasted-wax-beans-peanuts-and-cilantro

I will take you step by step through this one, it’s actually a pretty quick side to put together.  I started by placing 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil in a bowl.  I washed and trimmed my bag o’ beans as well as one carrot.  I thought the dish could use a bit more color.

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I cut the carrot roughly in the same shape as a bean to keep them as uniform as I could.

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After tossing them with the oil, some salt, and a bit of pepper, I put them in a single layer on a lined baking sheet.

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They go into a preheated 400 degree oven and I cooked mine 8 minutes, then tossed them again and back in for another 8 minutes.

While they are roasting I made the sauce.  Into the same bowl that had my oil to begin with I added 2 teaspoons of tamari (gluten free soy sauce), 1/4 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger root, 3/4 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of dark brown sugar.  Give it all a stir.

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Not much to look at, especially in a black bowl, but I’m hoping the flavor is good!

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I used a bit more peanuts than the recipe, 1/3 cup, and I chopped them up.

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Here’s the final product.  I skipped the cilantro just because I didn’t have it on hand but I think it would add a nice finish to the beans.  They were really good.  Perfect for a noodle dish too I would say.  Enjoy!


About Sarah

Sarah is a trained chef and owner of Whisk Baked Goods. She lives in Chelmsford with her husband and two active boys. Sarah is passionate about food, loves eating local, and cooking gluten free foods.

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