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 Asian beans are somewhat new to me as I discovered them last year at the Wake Forest Farmers Market. Elizabeth from Wild Onion Farms sells these organic beans & suggested I try them. Let me tell you… Asian Beans are awesome & I buy them every week.  This is my favorite way to prepare them!
·         1 bunch of Asian Beans, washed & cut in 2” pieces
·         1 large Vidalia Onion, sliced in 1/4 “ rings
·         ½ cup of cooked & cooled organic brown rice
·         4-6 cloves of fresh Garlic, chopped
·         Pinch of red pepper flakes
·         ¼ cup of Sundried tomatoes, minced (I use them packed in oil for great additional flavor)
·         1 lemon, zest & juiced
·         ½ teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
·         ½ Pine nuts
·         Salt & pepper
·         Extra Virgin Olive Oil (evoo)
·         1 tablespoon Toasted Sesame Oil

In a sauté pan on medium heat, add evoo to lightly cover bottom of pan. When warm add onions, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper & sauté for about 2 minutes tossing occasionally. Add the beans, garlic, ginger, tomatoes & nuts & cook for about 5 min or until the onions begin to soften & the nuts begin to toast. (You may need to lower the heat a bit and possible add a touch more evoo). Add the Toasted Sesame Oil, rice, zest & toss till beans are al dente. Add lemon juice & mix well.
This is a delicious dish served hot or as a cold salad. Double the recipe for larger crowds
Recipe from “Gourmet Sensations, Healthy Food Alternatives” by Cindy Karas
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