Prep time: about 10 minutes
Cook time: about 8 minutes
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 pounds fresh snow peas, trimmed, or young, thin string beans
2 tablespoons peeled and grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the snow peas and half of the grated ginger and cook, stirring constantly, until the snow peas are crisp-tender, about 3 to 5 minutes (if using young, thin string beans, cook for 5 to 7 minutes). Remove the peas to a platter or shallow dish, and set aside.
2. Add the butter and remaining ginger to the skillet and, as soon as the butter melts, add the soy sauce or tamari. Cook about 30 seconds, and pour on top of the snow peas; toss well to coat them.
Pre-party prep: Grate the ginger, trim the snow peas, and have all of your ingredients ready in advance. Cook the snow peas and assemble the dish at the party just before serving.
PER SERVING (a heaping 3/4 cup): 86 calories, 5 g fat (1.9 saturated fat), 108 mg sodium, 6 mg cholesterol. This dish is a good source of fiber and of folic acid, a B vitamin linked to decreased risk of heart disease, and important to the development of your baby if you’re pregnant.