Twelfth Recipe of Christmas: Green Beans with Miso Sesame Sauce

Green Beans with Miso Sesame Sauce

This is an easy and quick weeknight side dish but is also “fancy” enough to serve to company



  • 1 pound green beans with trimmed ends
  • ¼ c. rice vinegar
  • 2 T. miso paste
  • 2 T. plus 1 tsp. sesame seeds


  1. Steam the green beans in the top of a steamer pot with the lid on.  When the water in bottom pot is boiling, reduce heat to low.  Check the beans so that they do not overcook. Beans should only take several minutes. 
  2. While the beans are steaming, make the miso sauce. Grind 2 T. of the sesame seeds in a coffee grinder. If you do not have one, then place the seeds in a bag and run a rolling pin over them several times. Mix together the miso paste, rice vinegar and 2 T. of ground sesame seeds. Whisk well. 
  3. When the beans are cooked, place in a bowl and mix in the miso sauce. Sprinkle on the rest of the sesame seeds and serve. 

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Karen is a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition Consultant, herbalist and has a Masters in Social Work. She has written two books on depression. She believes in addressing the root causes of depression and not symptom management. If you or your teen has depression and either has not had success with what western health has to offer or you just want to bypass medication and seek alternative help, and are ready to make small steps to improve your outlook on life, then contact Karen for a free 15 minute "First 2 things to do if you have depression" phone consult. 303-522-0381 This information provided in this article is for educational purposes only. Seek the help of your health professional before making any changes to your health and nutrition regimen.

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