Loubieh Bi Ziet (Green Beans in Oil)

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From the Fresh Tastes blog: Literally meaning "green beans in oil," food blogger Marc Matsumoto's stew is simple and vegetarian.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 400 grams onion (2 medium onions)
  • 36 grams garlic (6 large cloves)
  • 400 grams flat beans (a.k.a. flat beans), trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 2 teaspoons Lebanese seven spice mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 400 grams ripe tomatoes (6 small tomatoes) chopped
  • mint for garnish

Directions

  1. Add the olive oil onions and garlic to a pan and saute over medium-high heat until the onions are tender and starting to brown.
  2. Add the flat beans, spice mixture and salt and saute until the spice mixture is fragrant and the beans are a vibrant green.
  3. Add the tomatoes and then cover and turn down the heat to medium low. Simmer covered until the beans are tender (about 20 minutes).
  4. Remove the lid and turn up the heat to medium high. Let the liquid evaporate and then saute the vegetables until the tomatoes form a thick coating around the beans (another 5-7 minutes).
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature garnished with mint.
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