Green Beans Over Bed of Quinoa

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This recipe looks complicated, but it’s actually super simple. It takes about 30 minutes to make and is packed with flavor. While I love green beans on their own, this recipe is great for those of you who think that vegetables are bland since its got a bit of salty, sweet, spicy and tangy. Best of all, it’s really healthy.

1 lb. green beans
1 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. vegetarian oyster sauce (or all in one sauce)
2 tbsp. apricot glaze (recipe at bottom)
1 cup green beans
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp. olive oil
Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
Red pepper flakes to taste (optional)

Soak quinoa in water for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse under warm water using a sieve. While the quinoa is soaking, prepare the apricot glaze (see recipe below)

In a pot, bring the quinoa to a boil with the 1½ cups water. Simmer for about 15 minutes and ten let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork like you would do for couscous.

While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the green beans. Rinse and cut off the ends. Cut them in half or in thirds so they are easier to eat. In a pan over a medium flame, heat about a teaspoon of olive oil. After about a minute, add the green beans and sauté for about 3 minutes. Then add the soy sauce, apricot glaze and oyster sauce and stir for another 2 minutes. Add the cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes (I like both since its different types of spice). Stir for about 30 seconds to a minute. Serve the green beans on a bed of quinoa.

To Make Apricot Glaze:
5-6 dried apricots
1/2 lemon
1 tsp. orange liqueur
1/4 cup water

Roughly chop the apricots. Bring the apricots to simmer in a small pot along with the water, orange liqueur and juice of half a lemon. Simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat and let sit for another 5 minutes. In a food processor, blend the apricots with the liquid until relatively smooth. I don’t like mine too smooth, so I can see flecks of apricot when I cook with it.

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– You can use the leftover apricot glaze on ice cream or your morning toast.
– If you don’t want to make the glaze, you can just used apricot jam and add a little bit of lemon juice to it to cut the sweetness.

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