PEANUT STRING BEANS

This recipe is inspired by my trip, three years ago, to Bali- where peanuts seemed to pop up in a lot of dishes (think beyond gado-gado!) I found it kinda awesome that such a simple, accessible, largely affordable ingredient could take a lot of vegetable dishes up a notch. So I decided to jazz up my string beans the other day- and just like that, made them a whole lot more exciting (all while keeping them healthy!)

Here in Jamaica, string beans are fairly affordable and generally found all year round. They are rich in fiber, folate, Vitamin A & C- and when you top them off with immunity boosting ginger & garlic along with a nice crunch of peanuts, you enjoy health benefits AND flavour!

You’ll need:

  • Big bunch of string beans- washed, tips trimmed off
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • Fresh ginger, very finely chopped (or grated)
  • 1/2 Scotch bonnet, finely chopped (optional)
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil
  • Water
  • Roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

The process:

  • Boil a pot with water.
  • Place the string beans and let them cook in boiling water for exactly 5 minutes. Remove, rinse, drain and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix the peanut butter with some water- until it becomes somewhat liquidy. Set aside.
  • Now it’s time to cook these string beans up! Drizzle some coconut oil in a large pan, add the garlic, ginger, scotch bonnet, chopped peanuts and cook them for 1-2 minutes on med-high heat.
  • Then add the peanut butter/water mixture and mix everything together for a few seconds.
  • Add the string beans and mix everything together well! Feel free to add some water if the peanut butter sauce is not dispersing all over. Cook on med-high heat for about 3 minutes. VOILA!

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