Recipe courtesy of Todd Porter and Diane Cu

Five-Spice Green Beans

Asian-themed recipes are a staple in our kitchen. Hardly a day goes by without a meal that has some type of Asian-inspired flavors and spices. We prepare favorite vegetables, like green beans, and quickly stir-fry them in a pan with five-spice powder, instantly transforming a plain dish into an amazing side with just one tablespoon. These five-spice green beans are quick, wonderfully healthy and accessible for the novice cook.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium garlic clove, finely minced

About half an onion, sliced (yellow or red)

About 1 pound fresh green beans, cleaned and ends trimmed

About 2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon five-spice powder

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, heat oil, then add the garlic and onions. Cook onions and garlic until fragrant and slightly brown.
  2. Add green beans and cook for about 2 minutes until almost tender. If the pan is too dry, add about one to two tablespoons water. Then add five-spice powder, and stir well into green beans. Cook for about another minute or until green beans are tender.

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