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Vegetable Sauté with Orange and Balsamic


Yields 4 servings

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 110

This healthful, brightly flavored side dish is perfect for a weeknight—it cooks in less than 10 minutes.

  • 1/2 lb. haricots verts or thin green beans, trimmed
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots, halved and thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 3 Tbs. fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 3 cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a pot fitted with a steamer basket, bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil. Put the haricots verts in the steamer basket, cover, and steam until bright green and just beginning to soften, 2 minutes. Transfer the haricots verts to a bowl and set aside.

Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and rosemary and cook, stirring, until the shallots begin to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, add the haricots verts and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until the pepper begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Stir in the orange juice, balsamic vinegar, and orange zest. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until just wilted, about 20 seconds. Remove from the heat, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 100, Fat (kcal): 7, Fat Calories (g): 60, Saturated Fat (g): 1, Protein (g): 2, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5, Carbohydrates (mg): 10, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1, Sodium (g): 170, Cholesterol (g): 0, Fiber (g): 3,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Used less green beans and doubled spinach. Poured hot vegetables and sauce over spinach. Tossed and served like a wilted salad. It was really good and lightened up a meat heavy meal.

This was very good and quick! Made it as the recipe directed but left out the spinach, as I didn't have any. Can't wait for my garden to provide the fresh green beans and bell peppers! Probably tripled the orange zest.

Very good, but not as flavorful as I thought it would be, and definitely not my favorite green bean side dish. Bright, and crisp and healthy-tasting, though.

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