Sesame Green Beans

Crushed red pepper flakes add some zip to tender green beans sprinkled with crunchy sesame seeds.

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 4

1
lb fresh green beans
2
teaspoons sesame seed
1
tablespoon rice vinegar
1
tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1
teaspoon sugar
1/2
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 In 2-quart saucepan, heat 1 inch water to boiling. Add beans. Boil uncovered 5 minutes. Cover and boil 3 to 5 minutes longer or until crisp-tender.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in ungreased 8-inch skillet, heat sesame seed over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown. Stir in remaining ingredients; heat through.
  • 3 Drain beans. Pour sauce over beans; toss until evenly coated.

Expert Tips

A 1-pound bag of frozen green beans can be substituted for the fresh green beans. Cook as directed on the package, then continue with the recipe.

Be sure to remove the sesame seed from the heat just as it turns golden brown. It will continue to brown even after you take it off the burner.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
40
(
Calories from Fat
10),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
1g
1%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
140mg
140%;
Total Carbohydrate
8g
8%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.