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One of the most important misconceptions about Chinese cuisine is that food is always very friendly and loaded with sugar, fat, and calories. In my experience dining at authentic Chinese restaurants all my life, nothing could be further from the truth.
Like many ethnic cuisines, Chinese cuisine is often heavy on vegetables and light on meat. Unlike the traditional American diet, where half the plate is meat and the other half potatoes, Chinese cuisine has mastered the art of using a small amount of high-flavor meat (such as ground pork) to season a platter. Vegetable giant like Chinese broccoli, bok choy or green beans.
Here's the deal, folks. If you don't add flavor to your vegetables, your kids won't eat them. And guess who else won't want to eat them? Adults trying to reach weight loss goals!
My secret? Maintain a well-stocked Asian pantry filled with high-flavor ingredients such as sesame oil, rice vinegar, garlic and chili paste, and more.
My Chinese-style garlic green beans are ready in just 15 minutes and completely transform a typically cheeky garnish into something you'd normally only see in a restaurant. Try making them at home and see how much everyone enjoys them! This recipe will work well with any type of green vegetable, including asparagus, broccoli, bok choy, and more.
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Chinese style garlic green beans
Bursting with flavor, these garlic green beans are a healthy take on the Chinese favorite. Ready in 20 minutes!
Preparation time: 10 minutes Cook time 15 minutes Total time 20 minutes
Servings4 Calories 197kcal
- 2 tablespoons of canola oil
- 1 pound green beans (cut)
- 1/4 pound ground pork (optional)
- 3 garlic cloves (minced)
- 2 tablespoons ginger (chopped)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon of garlic and chili paste
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
- 1 spoon of sugar
- chopped chives (optional garnish)
- Heat canola oil in a large wok or deep frying pan over high heat until it begins to glow, about 30 seconds.
- Add green beans to the pan and fry in the oil for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until they begin to blister and burst. Remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with kitchen paper.
- Add the ground pork to the same hot skillet and start breaking it down with a wooden spoon. Add garlic, ginger, salt, and garlic and chili paste to the pork and continue cooking until the pork is golden and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes.
- Return the cooked green beans to the skillet and add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sugar. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, then garnish with chives before serving.
Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 13 g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 363 mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 785 IU | Vitamin C: 14.5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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