Peel garlic and ginger. Smash garlic. Trim scallions and cut into 2" lengths (don't be fancy, the next step is a food processor). Place garlic, ginger, and scallions into a food processor and process until finely chopped. Remove to a 14x11x2" dish. Add oil and pepper flakes. Cook in microwave, uncovered, at 100% for 3 minutes.
Remove from microwave and stir in remaining ingredients, tossing gently to coat green beans. Cook, uncovered, at 100% for 10-15 minutes, stirring 4-5 times.
Serve hot or cold.
Notes: This recipe takes only a tablespoon of oil for a pound of green beans. I have used half that with good success. These are good cold for picnics or between meal snacks.
From: "Microwave Gourmet" by Barbara Kafka. Wm.Morrow & Co., 1987. (A *great* cookbook)
Nancy H. Miller