Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

Mar 23, 2017

The first day of Spring is just a few days away and I think we are all ready to say Goodbye to Winter!!

With the change of season also comes an increase in delicious seasonal produce like green beans, mushrooms, artichokes, asparagus, mango, strawberries, honeydew…the list goes on and on!

Buying fruits and veggies that are “in season” is always a great idea because not only do they taste the best, but they are always cheaper than buying produce that is out of season!

Here is an easy side dish using green beans – it is full of flavor & pairs well with chicken, fish, pork, or ham.  What are you waiting for….get to cooking!

Orange-Sesame Green Beans

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Prep Time: 20 minutes      Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound green beans, stems trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a medium sauce pan, bring the orange juice to a low boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until reduced by at least half stirring occasionally until it thickens slightly (15 minutes).
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet with deep sides over medium-high. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the green beans. Cook for 1 minute and then add the water. Continue to stir and cook the green beans until the water is evaporated, about another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the reduced orange juice to the green beans. Cook for another minute or so and remove from heat.
  5. Stir in the soy sauce, sesame oil and orange zest. Garnish with white or black sesame seeds before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

Calories: 105        Protein:   2.4gm    Total Carbohydrates:   16gm    Fiber: 3.2gm   

Total Fat:  4.2gm      Cholesterol:  0mg    Sodium:     54mg

 Recipe courtesy of the Daily Squeeze

Melanie Kluzek, Registered Dietitian for County Market

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