Szechuan Green Beans

This is a fantastic, flavorful weeknight stir fry! I’ve been making it for years and it’s a family favorite that I know you’ll enjoy.

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So, I’ve been holding out on you. I’ve been making this recipe for over five years now. I had to check my source to verify this, but it’s true. I’ve been making Szechuan Green Beans for dinner since my grad school days, crazy. I can’t tell you the number of times this has been on the menu plan for dinner at our house. I am not a recipe repeater–you know this by now!–unless said recipe is goooood. So you know this one has to be! It is a fabulous weeknight dinner… even though the list of ingredients is long, it comes together in 30 minutes or less. Score!

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For this recipe, unlike some stir fries that are really complicated, what you see is what you get. Green beans–check. Ground meat–check. Green onions–check. And some sauce for flavor–check. I typically make this stir fry with ground turkey, but you can also use pork and frankly, chick or beef would be fine too. But I like a lighter, leaner ground meat with this recipe because, to me, stir fries are supposed to be light. But who knows how real that is and how much that’s just me. Haha. A lighter meat goes well with the slightly spicy, slightly sweet sauce. When I say slightly spicy, I really mean just enough spice that there’s some flavor, but this is definitely a kid friendly dish so no worries there. Ben and I have found that the recipe, as written below, serves two of us for dinner well. Sometimes there’s an extra serving left for lunch the next day, but more often then not, there isn’t. Also, this stir fry is light on the meat so feel free to increase that as needed for your family. Enjoy!

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one year ago: Lemon Meringue Pie Puppy Chow
two years ago:ย Ultimate Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Waffles with Caramelized Bananas
three years ago: Creamy Shells and Yogurt
four years ago: Oatmeal Buttermilk Bread
five years ago: Watermelon Coolers
six years ago: Brown Sugar Bacon Twists

Szechuan Green Beans

  • Servings: 2-3 but can easily be doubled, tripled, etc.
  • Time: 30 minutes
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from Jenna’s Everything Blog

Ingredients:

for the sauce

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoing wine, dry sherry, or mirin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar [omit if using mirin since that’s already sweet]
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

for the stir fry

  • 2 -3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/3 pound ground turkey or pork
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • hot cooked rice, for serving

Directions:

In a medium bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients and set aside.

Then, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the green beans, tossing to coat in the oil. Cook them for 7-9 minutes, stirring often, until they are dark and shriveled in places. Remove from pan and place in a large bowl, covering to keep warm.

If using lean turkey, add the last tablespoon of oil to the skillet. If using pork or a fattier cut of turkey, add directly to hot skillet. Break apart the meat, stirring continually for 2-3 minutes until cooked completely. Add in garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Re-whisk the sauce for a minute, then pour over the meat. Stir together and cook for another minute or so to thicken sauce. Remove pan from heat and add in green onions, sesame oil, and green beans. Toss together, then serve over hot cooked rice. Enjoy!

Note:

You can increase the amount of meat if desired, but for more meat, you will need more sauce. When I make this with 1/2 pound meat I double the sauce, but play around with the amounts to suit your preferences.

Menu Plan

Welcome to another week of yummy meals! I don’t know about you, but I am loving the cooler weather. It’s not exactly fall quite yet, but we’ve actually had some days not in the 90s in Nashville. It’s been absolutely lovely out! And with that, it’s grilling weather.๐Ÿ™‚ There are a few grilling options on the menu this week–some yummy burgers and my pork chops. Check it out!

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Monday

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

  • DAY OFF – Go out to eat or order in!

Saturday

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Sunday

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Breakfast

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Dessert

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This weekโ€™s meal plan was brought you to by:

Pies and Plots | The Cooking Actress | Foodtastic Mom | The Spiffy Cookie | Big Bear’s Wife | The Pajama Chef

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SRC: Homemade Magic Shell

Just three ingredients and a few minutes til you have delicious, homemade magic shell… just looking for an ice cream home!๐Ÿ™‚

Just three ingredients and a few minutes til you have delicious, homemade magic shell... just looking for an ice cream home! :)

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Secret Recipe Club! I haven’t been around for a few months, but I’ve had a good excuse in the form of this sweet baby boy. This has been my longest–and only–hiatus from SRC since I joined… but this little guy has been well worth it.๐Ÿ™‚

Isn’t he cute?!?? I may be a little biased but I think so… he was born in May and is doing great.๐Ÿ™‚ Anyways, I’m happy to be back blogging and back at it with SRC. This month I was assigned to Kirstin’s blog, Loving Life, which is filled to the brim with dozens of easy family recipes. Kirstin lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family, an area of the country that I’m not very familiar with but she did live in Ohio so we have that in common. Woo! It was so hard to choose what to make from the many delcious treats she shares on her blog. This fall I want to make these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars and at Christmas, this Cranberry Apple Casserole will be sure to be on the menu. But for now, I had to go for a summer recipe… and what’s more summery than ice cream?!? Not a whole lot…

Just three ingredients and a few minutes til you have delicious, homemade magic shell... just looking for an ice cream home! :)

Ben and I have been going through half gallons of ice cream like nobody’s business this summer. Seriously. It’s been so hot and I haven’t had much time to bake, so ice cream is an easy and wonderful dessert option. Ben also has an ice cream pocket [a special space in his stomach to store ice cream, duh] and I am developing one, so we don’t mind a bit. Usually, we go for flavors like Peach, French Silk, Moose Tracks, Black Cherry, etc… you know, flavors that don’t really need toppings. But sometimes it’s fun to go for a classic vanilla bean and add toppings to suit your needs. Yes, I said needs. See ice cream pocket above.๐Ÿ™‚ I like adding chocolate chips and a little bit of melted peanut butter, while Ben prefers chocolate sauce or caramel sauce. One topping we almost never have at the house because it’s so dangerous is magic shell. That stuff is FUN to watch harden on your ice cream, isn’t it? I remember when my mom bought it for the first time. We were all in awe! So when I saw that Kirstin had a homemade magic shell recipe, I had to try it out. It just takes three ingredients and a few minutes to get to magic shell perfection. I wasn’t sure if it would really work like the store bought stuff, but it DOES! I was so impressed. I know this is a recipe I’ll be making over and over again, and I hope you will too. Thanks, Kirstin! Enjoy!

Just three ingredients and a few minutes til you have delicious, homemade magic shell... just looking for an ice cream home! :)

one year ago: Eggplant Caponata Sandwiches
two years ago: Baked Cauli-Tots
three years ago: Quinoa Black Bean Burritos with Southwest Sauce

four years ago: Summery Squash and Chicken Lasagna
five years ago: Kale Frittata
six years ago: Jambalaya

Homemade Magic Shell

from Loving Life

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until melted, then allow to cool for a few minutes before spooning onto ice cream.

Be sure to check out other SRC recipes at the link below!

Menu Plan

Happy Sunday! It’s going to be another good week of meals here! I am just inย love with so many of the recipes my bloggy friends have suggested for our meal plan this week. You don’t want to miss my Oatmeal Fudge Bars for dessert. They are absolutely worth turning the oven on for–the fudge layer is the best! Have a great week.๐Ÿ™‚

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Monday

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

  • DAY OFF – Go out to eat or order in!

Saturday

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Sunday

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Side Dish

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Dessert

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This weekโ€™s meal plan was brought you to by:

Big Bear’s Wife | The Pajama Chef | Pies and Plots | The Cooking Actress | Foodtastic Mom | The Spiffy Cookie

Pin this to your meal planning board for easy access all week long!

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Book Review: Until the Dawn

I’m back with another book review! This time, I have another great read from fellow librarian and author Elizabeth Camden. One of her newest releases, Until the Dawn, is just great! Read on to learn more.๐Ÿ™‚

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A description of the book from the publisher:

Fascinated by Dierenpark, an abandoned mansion high atop a windswept cliff in the Hudson River Valley, Sophie van Riijn sees no harm in setting up a rooftop weather station for her work with the newly established Weather Bureau. While the villagers are suspicious of the mysterious estate and its tragic history, Sophie has come to see it as her own enchanted piece of paradise.

The first Vandermark to return to the area in sixty years, Quentin intends to put an end to the shadowy rumors about the property that has brought nothing but trouble upon his family. Ready to tear down the mansion, he is furious to discover Sophie trespassing on his land.

Instantly at odds, Quentin and Sophie yet find common ground when she is the only one who can reach his troubled son. There’s a light within Sophie that Quentin has never known, and a small spark of the hope that left him years ago begins to grow. But when the secrets of Dierenpark can no longer be kept in the past, will tragedy triumph or can their tenuous hope prevail?

As usual, my five point review:

  • The premise of this book stems from the history of the Dutch settlement of New York, a portion of history that I was not very familiar with prior to reading this book. As always, one aspect of Camden’s writing that I appreciate is her ability to introduce a new part of American history. It was also interesting to learn about the early days of the Weather Bureau. I kept finding myself consulting the internet to learn more about these topics.๐Ÿ™‚ Always a sign of a good story!
  • I also really enjoyed the house at the center of the story. Dierenpark, as the description of the book mentions, has a sad history and at the beginning of the story, balances from being forgotten to being a tourist trap. The house and estate are truly a character in the story and play an active role in the plot. I love when authors make homes a key role in the story!
  • The mysteries surrounding the house, Quentin’s past, and Sophie’s optimism despite sadness in her life are all unraveled well throughout the plot. The major mystery, of course, is the history of the house and why it has been virtually forgotten by the family for so long. The ending is unique and full of several unexpected twists and turns. I won’t give any spoilers but the ending was great!
  • The characters, as usual from this author, were great. They were not predictable [even though the romance, as it was, did have some predictability]. They were also, even for the minor characters like household help, well crafted and came alive. Very three dimensional.
  • Overall, this is a book that will keep you engaged to the last page. I stayed up wayyy too late reading it–even with a newborn baby to take care of! It really is a great read and one you will be sure to enjoy.

What are you reading lately?

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book fromย Bethany House Publishers. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed above are entirely my own.ย Thanks to Bethany House for the chance to read this great book!