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Stir-Fried Broccoli with Black Bean Sauce

Broccoli’s distinctive flavor adapts well to a wide variety of seasonings, and it’s one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. It is generally available year-round, with a peak season during the cool months from late autumn to early spring.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. Chinese salted black beans 
  • 1 Tbs. peanut oil 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger 
  • 1 1/2 lb. broccoli, cut into 1 1/2-inch florets 
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth 
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. soy sauce 

Directions:

Rinse, drain and mince the black beans; set aside.

In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant but not browned, about 30 seconds. Add the broccoli, stir to coat with the oil and cook for 1 minute.

Add the broth, minced black beans and soy sauce, increase the heat to high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is tender and the liquid is slightly reduced, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Eat Well, by Charity Ferreira (Oxmoor House, 2008).