Here's something different to try if you're tired of plain steamed green beans. These go great with any Asian-flavored dish and rice. And the flavor is not too intense - just enough.
SWEET AND SPICY GREEN BEANS
adapted from Allrecipes.com
3/4 pound (12 oz) fresh green beans, trimmed
2 tsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. soy sauce (I prefer low-sodium)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. honey
dash of hot sauce
Arrange a steamer basket in a pot of boiling water and steam the green beans 3-4 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, garlic, honey, and hot sauce.
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; add the green beans and fry for 3-5 minutes. Pour in soy sauce mixture. Continue cooking and stirring 2 minutes, or until the liquid is nearly evaporated. Sprinkle with sesame seeds for garnish. Serve immediately.