Asian Green Beans and Leeks


1 pound green beans, ends trimmed and cut in half 
2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce 
2 Teaspoons grated fresh ginger* 
1 Tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar 
1 Teaspoon granulated sugar Red pepper flakes to taste 
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 to 4 baby leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced 
2 Large garlic cloves, minced 
Several leaves of sweet basil, chiffonade cut 

* I used a small hand-held grater with a handle to grate my fresh ginger. It has very small holes, and the ginger is finely grated. 

In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, ginger, rice vinegar, sugar and red pepper flakes. Set aside. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sauté prepared green beans until crisp-tender, approximately 5 minutes. Add prepared leeks and cook until softened and beans are tender, about 4 minutes. Move vegetables away from center of pan to form a well. Pour in the soy sauce mixture and cook approximately 2 minutes until fragrant. Toss the sauce and vegetables with tongs and mix well. Turn off the heat and sprinkle on the basil and small red cherry tomatoes, if using. Serve immediately.