If you've been following my other blog, you know that I ran out of onions last week. I know, I know. You just don't run out of onions. Milk, maybe. Eggs, maybe. But onions, never.
Well I did, and it sparked some creativity in my kitchen. Almost every savory dish I make starts with a sliced or diced onion.
This dish was a product of my poor organizational skills. (So was the Garlicky Vegetarian Stew over on my other blog.) And it was quite a delicious accident!
Now to move onto my "Eat. Live. Be." theme. This week on "Eat. Live. Be," we're giving concrete examples of how we are tackling our healthy living goals. For me, it's clearly not by staying organized and making lists. It's mostly about making a point of enjoying a wide variety of simple healthy foods. This week, it was string beans and garlic. Next week, it'll be something else easy and healthy. I find that if I keep it simple, eating healthy really isn't very hard. And it's lots of fun!
Simple Garlicky String Beans
This recipe uses just four ingredients. As with all really simple recipes, the quality of your ingredients matters. Use a good quality sherry (not a cooking wine, please). I use Tio Pepe extra dry light sherry. Don't skimp on the olive oil, either.
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound French beans
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup good dry sherry
Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed skillet. (I used my good old faithful cast iron skillet. Can't live without it.)
Add the garlic and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, for about 2 minutes, just till fragrant. Be sure not to burn it.
Add the string beans and cook, stirring from time to time, for about 5 minutes, until the beans are warm and nicely coated with the oil and garlic bits.
Add the soy sauce and wine and cook, stirring from time to time, for another 5-10 minutes or so. The beans should be heated through but still nice and green. (Try one if you're not sure.)