Chinese style green beans

  • 1 lb fresh green beans
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp peeled, minced ginger root
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dark sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

Trim beans; place in vegetable steamer over boiling water; cover and steam 5 minutes. Drain and plunge into cold water; drain. Treat large skillet with cooking spray. Add vegetable oil, and place over medium-high heat until hot. Add ginger and garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add beans; stir 5 minutes until heated through. Whisk together water, soy sauce, cornstarch, brown sugar, sesame oil and red pepper. Add to beans. Cook 30 seconds, stirring, until heated through. Makes 8 servings