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Green Beans with Golden Raisins

This recipe combines golden raisins and Parmesan cheese from the West with sesame and tea from the East. Per serving: 71 calories; 2 g protein; 4 g fat; 8 g carb; 2 g fiber.

  • Yield: Seves 8
Green Beans with Golden Raisins

Photography: Matthew Hranek

Source: Body+Soul, September 2005


  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 tea bags (green or white tea)
  • 4 cups green beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the sesame seeds on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the sesame seeds are crisp and fragrant.

  2. In a large steamer pot, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Add tea bags. Place green beans in the steam rack. Be sure the water doesn't rise onto the rack. Steam at medium-high heat, covered, until beans are bright green, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle raisins into the steam basket and steam for one more minute.

  3. In a large salad bowl, toss green beans and raisins with vinegar, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Garnish with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Reviews (3)

  • Danaid 15 Jan, 2009

    I'm always looking for different and easy green bean recipes! This is delicious and the Asian influence was perfect for my food interests at the moment! Thank you!

  • hrmitchell 20 May, 2008

    I also made this for a family holiday and it was a huge hit,

  • tlahourcade 24 Nov, 2007

    Made this as a side for Thanksgiving. Really good flavor!