Green Beans with Thai Peanut Sauce

Recently I was looking through my food pics to see what I might post about next, when it dawned on me that I don’t post a lot of pictures featuring vegetables.  This struck me as odd, since vegetables are, without a doubt, the food group from which I eat the most!  With vegetables, however, I have a tendency to keep things simple (and therefore, not very “Instagram-interesting”).  Whether I steam some broccoli, roast up some asparagus, sauté some cauliflower or snack on raw green beans like candy, I usually eat my veggies without much fanfare.  To change this up (if only a smidgen), I’ve decided to create a recipe showcasing one of my favorite veggies with one of my favorite sauces… Behold, steamed green beans with Thai peanut sauce!  Typically, peanut sauce has soy sauce (and therefore gluten) in it, but I’ve swapped the soy for coconut aminos… It is also incredibly easy to whip up, and utterly delicious (with any vegetable).  Buon appetito!

Green Beans

Green Beans with Thai Peanut Sauce

(Makes approx. 1 cup) – Palealmost*, Vegan, Low-Carb

Ingredients:

Green Beans:

  • 4 cups raw green beans
  • 1 cup water

Thai Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup natural, unsweetened peanut butter (use almond butter for Paleo)*
  • 2 tsps potato starch
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, divided
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsps coconut-aminos
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp chopped peanuts (optional garnish)

1) Easy steam: Place green beans in a microwave-safe bowl with the water.  Cover, and microwave on high for 6-8 minutes, or until tender.  Pour out remaining water, and set green beans aside.

2) Place peanut butter into a small sauce pan over medium heat.  Take about 1 Tbsp of the almond milk and mix well with the potato starch, creating a slurry.

3) Pour the remaining almond milk into the sauce pan with the peanut butter, and mix to combine.  Slowly stir in the slurry mixture, using a whisk, until well-combined.

4) Add in remaining ingredients and continue to stir with the whisk until sauce is nappe, meaning it easily coats the back of a spoon.

5) Drizzle, toss, or serve the peanut sauce on the side of the green beans, and garnish with chopped peanuts.  Enjoy!

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