Sesame Green Beans with Crispy Garlic

I’ve been craving veggies lately.  I even moved up my Sunday Roastday to Friday because I just couldn’t wait.  While these green beans are not roasted, it satisfied my need for some greens.  And throw in some delicious crispy garlic cloves…heaven.

This makes a great side dish for a barbecue or party, but lets be honest, we all know I can take down the entire thing on my own in one sitting.  However you choose to serve…I hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 24 oz green beans, timmed and washed
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • 25 cloves garlic
  • 6 tablespoons sesame oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • cup rice vinegar
  • cup water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 pinches salt
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • olive oil
  • sesame seeds

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small cupcake pan, place two cloves of garlic in each cup, reserving one for the marinade. Drizzle each cup holding the garlic cloves with olive oil. When the oven is heated, bake the garlic until they are golden brown and crispy, approximately 10 – 15 minutes. Set aside.

2. Steam the washed and trimmed green beans until tender.

3. To make the marinade, mince the shallot, green onion, and the reserved clove of garlic. In a medium mixing bowl, add the sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, water, shallot, green onion, garlic, brown sugar, salt, and lemon juice. Whisk until mixed thoroughly.

4. Add the green beans to the bowl and toss to coat.  It’s best to mix the green beans and marinade for a few hours before serving to soak in the flavor.  Add the crispy garlic and  garnish by sprinkling white and black sesame seeds on top. Enjoy!

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Rainbow Beet Salad with Sesame Dressing

First of all, when your ingredients look like this, you know you’re onto something amazing…

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This salad is so beautiful.  The fresh beet flavor really shines and is enhanced with the light sesame dressing.  A truly divine plant-based dish!

The prep work is hard and can get messy…those red beets can make your kitchen (and your hands) look like a murder scene!  I am prepared now, though, and line my workstation with paper towels and use gloves while grating.  Your hard work will pay off, though, when you finally get to sit down and enjoy a yummy bowl of goodness

Ingredients:

Salad

  • 3 medium red beets, washed, trimmed, peeled, and shredded (yields approximately 2 cups)
  • 3 medium golden beets, washed, trimmed, peeled, and shredded (yields approximately 2 cups)
  • 4 medium carrots, washed, trimmed, peeled, and shredded (yields approximately 1 cup)
  • 2 cups kale, washed and chopped
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, roasted, white and/or black

Dressing

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated or finely minced
  • 1 small shallot, grated or finely minced

Directions:

1. Make the sauce first to allow time for the flavors to meld. Grate the garlic and shallot over a small bowl.  I prefer to grate, which allows them to dissolve into the sauce, but it you don’t have a grater or microplane, a fine mince will do.  Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, water, sesame oil, and maple syrup. Stir well.

2. Wash all veggies to remove any dirt. Trim, peel, and shred the beets and carrots. Place the shredded veggies in a cheesecloth or paper towel and squeeze to drain excess moisture. Trim and chop the kale. Slice the green onions. Place all veggies into a large bowl and toss to mix well.

3. Pour the sauce over the salad and toss to coat the veggies. Garnish with sesame seeds.

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Did you make this recipe?  Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture using #gingerveganista on Instagram and tag @TheGingerVeganista or Twitter and tag @GingerVeganista or Facebook and tag The Ginger Veganista.  Can’t wait to hear from you!