Fassoulia – Braised Green Beans

We know geen beans taste great lightly steamed, but try this to discover their flavor when cooked slowly with spices and herbs.

Accompanied by slices of crusty bread or served with potatoes or rice, fassoulia is a warming spring meal. It tastes even better the next day, after the flavors have had a chance to intensify. To make this a vegetarian dish, eliminate the meat and reduce the tomatoes by a half cup.

Ingredients (Serves 6. Prep time: 30 minutes active; 75 minutes total.)

¾ pound ground lamb

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced

2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 ½ teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon allspice

1 ½ pounds fresh green beans, washed and trimmed

2 cups Muir Glen canned diced tomatoes with juice

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup broth or water

Preparation

• In a large stock pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook the ground lamb for several minutes until it begins to

brown. Drain the meat and set aside.

• In the same pot, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook about 10 minutes until they have softened and are starting to brown.

• Add meat, minced garlic and spices, and sauté for a few more minutes.

• Add all remaining ingredients, stir well, and cover. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the beans are very tender.

Taste for salt and pepper and remove from heat.

Ingredient checklist

PRODUCE

Yellow onions

Garlic

Green beans

GROCERY

Olive oil Muir Glen canned diced tomatoes

Tomato paste

Broth (if using)

MEAT/SEAFOOD

Ground lamb

SPICES/SEASONINGS

Ground coriander Dried oregano

Ground cumin Allspice

Sea salt Black pepper

Accompanied by slices of crusty bread or served over rice, fassoulia is a warming spring meal. Fassoulia tastes even better the next day, after the flavors have had a chance to intensify. To make this a vegetarian dish, eliminate the meat and reduce the tomatoes by a half cup.

Nutritional information per serving

264 calories 17 g. fat

8 mg. cholesterol 613 mg. sodium

18 g. carbohydrate 5 g. fiber

12 g. protein

The nutritional values and information provided are approximations.

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