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Ants Climbing on Branches (Chinese Green Beans over Noodles)

I actually made this recipe a few months ago, kind of assuming it’d be a nondescript and certainly not blog-worthy dinner.  I was quite definitely wrong, so I bookmarked it and set it aside for that future moment when all the pieces fell into place for it to happen again.

Well, my friends, fate has arrived. 

Ants Climbing on Branches (adapted from First Look, Then CookPrintable Recipe Card

  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed and washed
  • 1 T canola oil
  • 2 t ground ginger
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t crushed red pepper
  • 1/3 C chicken broth
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 t cornstarch

Start by making brown rice or whole-wheat noodles (I used whole-wheat lo mein noodles) to serve alongside the beans.

Heat up the canola oil in a large pan or wok over medium heat.  Toss in the onions and garlic and saute until translucent.  Add the ground ginger and red pepper and stir for about 30 seconds to a minute.

Next, add the ground turkey and cook thoroughly, about five minutes.  Add the soy sauce, vinegar, broth, and cornstarch, and mix to combine.

Toss the green beans on top and cover, simmer for 5-6 minutes until the green beans are cooked (I prefer mine al dente, but it’s up to you).  Remove the lid and allow the liquid to cook down until it’s the desired thickness for another minute or two.

Serve immediately over rice or noodles (serves four).

I absolutely love the combination of ginger (you can and should use fresh if you have it–about an inch long piece), green beans, salty soy sauce, and of course the savory turkey.  Add that to the smooth texture of the lo mein noodles and it is a serious winner.

Fritz also approves.  Whole-heartedly.

He also managed to eat an entire plateful (well, he did move it to a bowl) using plastic children’s chopsticks with a rooster on top.

He has mad skills.

And in other very exciting news, it’s the weekend!  Though it is sadly going to involve massive amounts of studying for my finals next week, it’s important to note that I am soon going to be on vacation! Woo!

The only sad news is that I found out that there’s no internet where we are going (the gorgeous Kootenay Lake in BC, Canada), so I’m not sure what to do about blogging.  I know I’ll miss it a lot, but I’m thinking about just straight up going without for the two weeks we will be gone.

What I don’t want to do is be trying to blog from internet cafes and restaurants on slow speed connections and gettin’ all frustrated while everyone else is frolicking away in the lakes and mountains.

What do you think I should do?

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  1. Hannah

    You should completely be on vacation. Fritz would again heartily approve. You can take your camera and take some food related photos and do a vacation compliation when you get back. And if it rains, and you run out of books, you can find a coffee shop and surprise us. We’ll all be here when you get back. Have fun!!

    1. Hannah

      ..or compilation… ;-)

  2. tryityoumightlikeit

    Enjoy your vacation!
    You could re-post some of your older entries or put together a round-up post. Just make it scheduled so you can truly relax.
    I’m going to Nova Scotia next week for vacation. We’ll be on opposite ends of Canada.

  3. Tasha Orshoff

    This recipe looks great and I think my kids would like it too!

    I would go and enjoy life for 2 weeks!

  4. Nuts about food

    Rest for two weeks, we will all be here when you get back!

  5. Tia Peterson

    Hands down, no brainer. Take the real vacation with NO Internet. Your body and soul with thank you for it.

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