Jamie picked pound after pound of green beans this summer, so as you can imagine we ate them in a variety of ways. I even created a new recipe which I call “Simply Green Beans and Mushrooms.” It’s a sauté of green beans, mushrooms, and dried tomatoes – another super fast and easy dish to make even on a busy work night! Wowsa it’s good, AND it pairs really well with my Fancy Quinoa Pesto 🙂
I’m fortunate that the markets in my area sell Hokto Kinoko‘s brand white beech (aka bunapi-shimeji) mushrooms. Feel free to substitute with shiitake, button mushrooms, or baby bellas (cremini) if you aren’t so lucky to have white beech mushrooms available.
Simply Green Beans and Mushrooms
- large covered non-stick skillet
- 1/8 cup (2 Tablespoons) sliced dried tomatoes
- 1/8 cup (2 Tablespoons) water
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 8 ounces white beech mushrooms (or other mushrooms of your choice)
- 8 ounces green beans
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Combine the sliced dried tomatoes with the water. Set aside.
- If using Hokto Kinoko's brand of white beech mushrooms, trim the base as the package describes.
- Prepare the string beans by snipping off the ends, then cutting into halves or thirds.
- Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a bit of mushroom. When it begins to sizzle add the rest of the mushrooms, separating them as you go along. Add the salt and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes or until the mushrooms sweat and brown a little.
- Add the green beans, rehydrated tomato slices, and the soaking water to the pan and stir. Cover the pan and steam until the beans turn a bright green and become tender with a crunch.
Nutritional benefits of mushrooms
Beech is just one variety of mushrooms to rotate into your diet. It’s wise to eat a variety of mushrooms on a regular basis for their nutritional and health benefits. Per a meta-analysis studying the association between mushroom consumption and cancer, it was found that “higher mushroom consumption was associated with lower risk of total cancer,” breast cancer in particular. So mush up!
Beech, like all mushrooms, are low in calories and fat; they contain a moderate amount of fiber. Here is the nutrition label on Hokto’s beech mushrooms.
Nutrients in green beans
Green beans contain a goodly amount of vitamin K, which the body uses for blood clotting, which in turn helps woulds to heal. They also contain vitamins A, C, B6, and B9 (folate), calcium, silicon, iron, manganese, potassium, and copper.