Recipe: Thai Green Beans

Sweet and hot
Recipe: Thai Green Beans

These green beans offer sweet and hot flavors along with the distinctive taste of cilantro or Thai basil. They make a great side dish, and you can also use the sauce to pour over grilled white fish or chicken.

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1 lb green beans
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sugar substitute
1/8-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
1 garlic clove, minced
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or Thai basil
2 tablespoons crushed or chopped unsalted dry roasted peanuts


  1. Cook the green beans in boiling water to cover until crisp. Drain and return to the pot.
  2. Combine the oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar substitute, red pepper flakes, garlic and lime juice. Toss with the green beans. Just before serving, stir in the cilantro and top with the peanuts.

Nutrition information

Makes 4 servings

Each serving contains:

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Calories 80
Total fat 3.5g
Protein 3g
Carbohydrate 11g
Dietary fiber 4g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 50mg
Potassium 385mg

Source: Cleveland Clinic Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook (© 2007 Broadway Books)

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