Saturday, March 27, 2010

Schezuan Beef w/ Green Beans

An extremely simple dish perfect over steamed quinoa grain. Healthy and packed with protein.

I love this dish besides it packing in flavor and nutrients, it's totally affordable to make.

Your grocery list:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or ground turkey, even ground chicken would work well)
  • 1/2 lb fresh green beans, trim ends and cut into bite-size pieces
  • extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 3 tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp sweet chili garlic sauce (add more if you prefer spicy)
  • couple splashes of plum vinegar
  • 3 tbsp of hoisin sauce

While chopping the onion and the mincing the garlic, have a pot of water to boil and blanche the green beans only for 2-3 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Heat the oil in a wok or large pan. Saute onion 'til transparent and add the ground beef as soon as garlic becomes fragrant (which will be quick, don't let garlic brown).

Brown the beef, season with little salt 'n pepper to taste (note that sauces will add salt as well). Drop the blanched green beans into same pan, start adding all the sauces and turn flame to low.

Let all flavors combine and allow green beans to cook a bit more while making sure it stays crisp. Serve over quinoa grain or steamed rice.

Remember a good cook always tastes the dish before serving!


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