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This side dish may not scream ‘antioxidants’ to you, but believe me, everything in here is a free radical-fighting ninja.
The obvious contender is the orange, which is packed with plenty of vitamin C. Yet green beans have a wide variety of antioxidants, too (including a healthy dose of vitamins C, A and K).
And the sesame oil? Not only is it easy to digest, but it’s a great source of the antioxidant vitamin E, which supports cardiovascular health, our immune system and our skin.
Don’t forget about the maple syrup. Yep, it has antioxidants too, along with a range of nutrients like potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium.
So what do antioxidants taste like? Deliciousness. This ridiculously easy dish has a wonderful mix of flavours and textures: a bright citrus-y tang, a nutty smoothness, a sweet tinge and crunch from the beans and seeds.
Feel free to scarf down multiple servings. I’m sure you’ll want to.
- 1 pound green beans
- 1 large orange, zested and juiced
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- ¼ tsp salt, or to taste
- sprinkle of sesame seeds, optional
- Zest your orange and squeeze out the juice into a small pot. Gently simmer the orange juice over medium low heat until it has thickened and reduced a bit, about five minutes.
- Take the pot off the heat and mix in the sesame oil, maple syrup and salt.
- Trim the green beans and cut them in half (or smaller pieces, if you’d like). Steam the beans in a vegetable steamer for about 6-8 minutes, until they are bright green and tender-crisp.
- Place the green beans into a bowl and toss them with the orange sauce. Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving, if desired.