Sesame Green Beans


Over the years, I’ve mentioned a few times that I’d love to write a book.  Whether an autobiography or fiction, I’m still not sure.  What I do know is that I get lost in writing and that I absolutely love doing it.

Right now, I have a little idea of what I’d like to write about… but I haven’t framed it and I certainly haven’t begun writing it.   While I know that it will happen one day, I’m okay today living vicariously through others.

I feel like I am surrounded by writers on most days.  My dad has released his World War 2 novel this month, my friend Jill is penning her inspiring running story, and the lovely Andie Mitchell is publishing her very first cookbook this month – Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook.  And, Andie sent me a copy to preview!  Thanks, love!

Sesame Green Beans

You guys… I am a HUGE fan of Andie’s recipes (um, her buffalo chicken tenders were life-changing!) and her beautiful way with words.  This book brings both together in the most incredible way.  I don’t believe I’ve EVER read a cookbook.  You know, the opening remarks by the author and the writing in-between… but I read every word of this cookbook, and I loved it!!  

Andie’s cookbook Eating in the Middle stresses the importance of eating mostly healthy, and really enjoying your favorite foods along the way.  For example:  She includes a quick story entitled “I’ll Never Give Up Cake.”  Andie – – I’m with you!  Even with the name of my blog, I’ll never give up cake either.  And, I’ll make sure I “make it special” and eat only those that I absolutely love.

Sesame Green Beans

There are so many recipes in this cookbook that I want to try… so, so many!  Baked Banana Bread Doughnuts, for example… the Sweet Potato Curry, and the Greek Salsa… oh my!

Sesame Green Beans

After much contemplation, I decided to start with the Sesame Green Beans.  As I mentioned on Monday, I’m really focusing on eating healthy right now… strictly eating on my Jenny Craig plan… so I wanted to make a lovely veggie side dish I could enjoy with my meals.  And, this dish TOTALLY hit the spot.

Sesame Green Beans

Fresh, crunchy green beans, dressed with a salty, sweet dressing…. yum!  I could see these as a warm side dish and as a lovely addition to an Asian salad or slaw.  Delicious and flavorful, you need to try these!

Sesame Green Beans

From Andie Mitchell’s Eating in the Middle

Serves 4


Sesame Green Beans

Green Beans

1 Tbsp. sesame seeds

1 tsp. salt

1 lb. green beans, trimmed (about 4 cups)


1 Tbsp. honey

2 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce

2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

1 garlic clove, minced


1.  For the dressing, in small bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, oil, and garlic.

Sesame Green Beans

2.  For the green beans, in a small skillet set over medium heat, toast the sesame seeds, shaking the pan frequently to prevent burning, until lightly golden and fragrant, 1-2 minutes.

3.  In a large saucepan over high heat, bring 1 quart water and the salt to a boil.  Add the green beans, return the water to a boil, and cook until the beans are bright in color and just tender, about 5 minutes.

Sesame Green Beans

4.  Drain the beans and transfer them to a large mixing bowl.  Add the soy dressing and the sesame seeds.  Toss to coat.

Sesame Green Beans

5.  Serve immediately.

Sesame Green Beans

Sesame Green Beans

Per 1/4 Recipe Serving:

CAL 85; FAT 4g; SAT FAT 0g; CARBS 12g; PROT 3g; FIB 3g; SUG 7g

WW Points+:  2; WW Smart Points: 3