[Update 11/23/2014 – Made a batch of these green beans for a Friendsgiving gathering today, and figured there was no time like the present to update the pictures in this post, which is now 2 years old. Not re-writing the post itself though…that’s WAY too ambitious for a Sunday.]
Guys, studying for the bar sucks. I’ve been at it in earnest for about a week now, and not only do I have unbelievable neck/back cricks from hunching over my notes all day, I’m starting to have dreams about the law. It’s not a fun time. Nobody should wake up in a panic over the rules of civil procedure.
With the 12-hours-a-day study regime I’ve put myself on, my eating habits have taken a serious dive. Rocky Road ice cream for breakfast, cold leftover Chinese for lunch, and cheese for dinner. Mmm, fats, carbs, and no vegetables. Brain food!
After a few days of chronic stomach unhappiness, I finally gave in and carved out some time to cook a semi-nutritious lunch for myself. Thanks to the 45-hour power outage we had last weekend our fridge is basically empty, but I managed to find a frozen green beans in the back of the freezer. Hello, Asian-style stir fry.
Growing up, I loved it when my mom made stir fried green beans for dinner. The slightly burnt, super garlicky, crunchy/soggy pieces at the bottom were my favorite — my dad and I would fight over those. These green beans don’t taste exactly like my mom’s, but are easy to make, tasty, and perfect in a pinch. Eaten with some brown rice, kimchi, and chunks of Asian roast pork (recipe forthcoming…maybe), they were just what I needed to face down the rest of my day holed up with my notes.
- 1 bag frozen green beans, thawed and drained (Obviously, fresh would be better. But if you're short on time, the frozen stuff is great.)
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- ½ tbsp sesame oil
- Sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
- In a large bowl, mix soy sauce, ½ tbsp garlic, pepper flakes, and brown sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture is uniform.
- Add drained/dried green beans, and toss to coat in sauce
- Heat sesame oil in a pan/wok on medium-high heat. When tiny bubbles start to form in the oil, add remaining minced garlic and cook until fragrant.
- Pour green beans/sauce into the heated, oiled pan. Using a spatula, spread green beans out in a more or less even layer in the pan. Cover, and let cook for about 3-5 minutes.
- Stir/toss green beans to avoid burning, then cover and cook for another 3-5 minutes, until your green beans get soft and you start seeing browned bits at the tips.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.
- Enjoy immediately, over a bowl of rice.