Chinese style string beans: vegan



2 tbsp sesame or olive oil
1 lb of string beans, with ends and stems trimmed off
1/2 onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 tbsp ginger minced
1/2 tsp red chili flakes or to taste
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar


In a large sauce pot sauté string beans and onion until the beans get browned and start to “blister up” about 15 minutes. Add ginger and garlic and stir, cook for about two minutes. Turn off the flame and add red chili flakes, soy sauce and sugar. Add salt if needed.

Serves 2: 225 calories per serving, 450 total calories for the whole batch.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This dish really has an authentic chinese restaurant flavor with a nice amount of heat. If you can’t get fresh beans, frozen works well, you just have to cook them a bit longer as the water they produce needs to evaporate before they can begin to brown.

Serve with 1/2 c rice or noodles for another 100 calories. Jacob adds 1/4 cup of peanuts for 207 calories more.


“Beer – Traditional Chinese Lager – Gotta keep it simple here. Soy, ginger, and red chili have a lot of flavor, the crisp lager will cleanse the palette and keep these clean flavors popping. Serve ice cold in a frozen pilsner or pint glass.”

– Damian Kelley

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