Thursday, August 8, 2013

Spicy Garlic Green Beans

I had green bean in the fridge that I was going to use for a stir fry and then we changed up the schedule a little and I figured that it was best to mix them up for a side dish before they went bad.  My husband said that he would eat them every night so I think that I will be looking for more yummy looking green beans soon!  I did look before and all of the green beans were looking a little sad this year.... have you noticed that?  And more expensive so I figured that we would just try some of the better looking veggies even though we do like green beans.  This recipe changed my mind because we need them again soon.

I started by breaking the ends of the beans which I am not sure if you have to do but I feel that getting all the stuff off that I don't want to eat is best for me :)  Here is my bag for the trash.

 Then, I had a little pile of green beans done. Which I washed off and dried so that they would be ready to cook!

I pulled out all of the ingredients that I thought that I was going to use.

I added the oil and the garlic to the pan waiting for dinner to be ready.  It is nice to have everything ready before it is time to start cooking.  We really enjoy the green beans barely cooked so I like to wait until the last minute to start them which often means that I forget to get them on the table.

I heated up the oil and the garlic before adding the green beans to the pan.

 I shook or stirred the pan until the beans were a little darkened on the outside and I added some salt.  I decided not to add the pepper and I was really happy with the flavor.

I served it with grilled chicken and rice which was a perfect compliment.

I hope that you try these for yourself soon!  They are as good as the ones at our favorite Chinese restaurant without leaving the house.  I am going to be making these with a stir fry sometime soon.

Spicy Garlic Green Beans

Green Beans
Olive Oil (or chili oil)
Minced Garlic
Salt and/or Red Pepper Flakes (to taste)

1.  Heat oil and garlic in pan.

2. Add cleaned and trimmed green beans.  Stir until cooked to taste.

3.  Add salt and red pepper flakes to taste and serve.


  1. As for prepping green beans, what I learned is to break off the stem end - just the end - and the empty tail - only the empty bit. this should leave you with more of the bean and less waste. I like your "recipe" ;) and will use it.

    1. I know that breaking off less would be better but I don't like the little pointy thing either.... I guess I will have to adjust :)


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