Let’s review the rules of Tasty Penance.
- I give you a highly caloric or nutritionally suspect recipe that is irresistible (par example: this.)
- I feel guilty.
- I offer a recipe that is nutritionally sound and legitimately good for you that also tastes irresistible.
- I’m off the hook and feel free to give you more naughty recipes.
Take a good look at number three on the list because the last bit of the sentence is most important; the Tasty Penance recipe still has to taste outlandishly good. I’m not well-suited to culinary hair shirts and gustatory self-flagellation. My taste buds still have to be happy because I am needy.
Today’s recipe knocks requirement number three out of the park.* These crisp-tender, garlicky, gingery, spicy green beans are not just packed with all my favourite flavours, they’re also great for you. If you blanched (vegetable pun) at the sight of the word ‘spicy’, don’t fret, the spice is easily omitted from this recipe. Whenever I make these, only about half of the finished product makes it to the table because The Evil Genius and I circle around the kitchen on any little excuse we can think of, snitching at first just one green bean, but then becoming bolder and dangling three or four into our mouths at once. Such is the power of this green bean dish. Did you ever think they could be so good?
*Cue baseball analogies because Spring Training is going strong. Go Red Sox!
Making this dish even more appealing is the fact that it is so easy to make.
I just have one warning, but it’s a biggie.
More than one person has sworn off stir-fries because they didn’t follow the law. They’ve gotten two or three or however many steps in and realized they forgot to peel/chop/measure/BUY some crucial ingredient and it derailed the whole process. I feel that pain. There is nothing quite like unrequited stir fry cravings. I can help, though.
I can. Trust me. The one simple hide-bound rule to successful stir-fries is this:
You need to remember to have absolutely everything -ingredients AND equipment- ready and within reach before starting to cook.
Have your green beans washed and trimmed if necessary, your garlic/onion/ginger minced or sliced according to directions, your water and oyster sauce, your wooden spoons, and your serving bowl standing on the counter raring to go. Once you put the oil in the pan, you are on duty and you will not walk away until it is done and in the bowl to be served. It’s the law.
Now go forth and conquer stir-fries starting with this perfect spring green bean dish. Tasty Penance is a good thing.