Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spicy French Green Beans Haricot Verts 辣炒四季豆

French green beans with garlic is simply delicious and fragrant, and it has become a standard way to cook French green beans (Haricot Verts) in my kitchen.

Rules can sometimes be broken or flexed to seek something better. Why not try spicing it up with chili? Not as if it is something new. Would sambal chili be appropriate? Not just appropriate but good is this spicy garlic French green beans.

Do you ever use frozen whole French green beans? I tried, after reading - 11 Trader Joe's Products We Can't Live Without and thought that the frozen Haricot Verts is indeed a good find (after trying Trader Joes frozen artichoke hearts). Not only they are great value for money, vegetables when frozen right (e.g. frozen at source when fresh, flash-freezing locks the vegetables in a relatively nutrient-rich state) also retains nutrients better. Frozen vegetables also cuts prep. time as you now do not need to rinse and cut/chop the vegetables. Experts now say that flash freezing retains more nutrients than store-bought

What frozen vegetables do you keep in your freezer?

Spicy Garlic Haricot Verts (French Green Beans)
2 handfuls of frozen Haricot Verts (slightly thawed before use), followed by 2 tbsp minced garlic, drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil or organic canola oil (if high heat cooking), stir in 1 tsp sambal chili (or chili sauce) into the pan, cover the pan and simmer for 5 minutes or more till the French green beans are tender-cooked. Serve immediately.

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