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Connections Area Agency on Aging is happy to present our easy-to-cook series, Secret Ingredient. Please join us every other week as we showcase new nutritious and delicious recipes from our monthly Healthy Living newsletter.


Asian Style Fresh Green Beans

For 2 servings:

½ pound fresh green beans

1 green onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 ½ Tbsp sesame oil

red pepper flakes and sesame seeds optional



1 ½ tsp soy sauce

1 ½ tsp rice vinegar

¼ tsp sugar

1 Tbsp water

¼ tsp cornstarch

salt and pepper to taste

Clean beans and remove ends, leaving beans whole.

Whisk sauce ingredients in small bowl and set aside.

Heat frying pan to high heat and add sesame oil and toss in beans.

Turn heat down to medium and cook beans just until tender, tossing often for 3-4 minutes.

Add onion and toss for 30 seconds.

Add garlic and stir in sauce and cook until thickened and glossy- around 30 seconds.

Add a few red pepper flakes here for a spicy kick. Plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you like.


Beef Kabobs   Video Link


1# thick cut steak (can also use chicken breast, shrimp etc.)

Various fresh vegetables- around 1 cup each Examples: red and green bell peppers cherry tomatoes mushrooms red onion

½ cup Italian Dressing

6 Metal or bamboo skewers

Grill Instructions:

1. Soak bamboo skewers in water while preparing meat and vegetables.

2. Turn grill on to med-high heat.

3. Cut meat into 1–2-inch cubes, set a side.

5. Have small bowls ready for each vegetable once cut.

4. Clean peppers and cut into 1–2-inch cubes.

5. Slice onion in half and peel off layer and cut into chunks, place

6. Cut mushrooms in half if large size.

7. Slide cut items onto skewers, alternating, ending with a tomato at end of skewer.

8. Place on hot grill and turn a time or two until reaches desired doneness. 10-15 minutes for medium rare steak and perfect vegetables.

Great served with wild rice, green salad and grilled bread

Zaatar Vinaigrette

This fresh salad dressing is not just for lettuce salads, toss it with fresh or frozen vegetables before roasting, used as a marinade for chicken or beef, use to baste fish or spread onto bread for grilling or broiling!


¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

½ tsp salt

1 tsp Za'atar Seasoning

1 tsp honey

½ cup olive oil

Mix all into jar, add lid and shake. Will keep for several weeks in refrigerator. Shake before each use.

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