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From the Sugar Happy Kitchen: Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic

By Nadia Al-Samarrie

Green Beans originated in Peru. A delicious staple vegetable in the American diet. Farming crops migrated with the tribes that moved North from South America. With them  they brought their favorite foods not native to their new homeland.


Many sea-baring explorers also introduced exotic vegetables to their country from foreign origin. One famous person, Christopher Columbus, brought green beans to Italy in the 1400s after traveling to the Americas.. It quickly became a popular dish in the Mediterranean.


For people living with diabetes, green beans are an excellent low glycemic vegetable—a perfect low-carb treat for happy blood sugar levels.



2 pounds of raw green beans

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of pepper

1 teaspoon onion powder

4 large cloves of garlic finely chopped

2 tablespoons fermented Chinese

black bean sauce

2 tablespoons of oyster sauce

1 teaspoon of Paprika spice for garnish



Cut the green beans stems from both ends and put them aside.

Mince garlic cloves and set them aside.

Put three tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan on the stovetop.

Turn heat on to medium. Once the olive oil is warm, add garlic to brown. Add green beans and stir.

Add salt, pepper, and onion powder.

Add 2 tablespoons of fermented black beans sauce.

Add 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce.

Continue to cook beans to the texture you like.

Serve on a platter and sprinkle paprika as a garnish.


Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size 8

5.61 Net Carbs per Serving

92.7 Calories, Total Fat 5.74g, Sodium 451.11mg, Total Carbohydrates 9.84 g, Fiber 3.26g, Total Sugar 4.18g, Protein 2.38g


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