The other day I wanted to make a recipe with string beans. I thought of an Eastern European recipe or maybe Italian? When I started to Google, I somehow always stumbled upon a recipe called Loubieh Bzeit (string beans in olive oil) which is a well known Lebanese dish, but it does contain a whole lot of oil…. Eventually I made my own variation, and since it was very successful, I’m sharing this string beans in tomato sauce recipe with you.
I actually don’t cook with string beans that often, because I don’t always enjoy the texture that much. However, I do remember that I always loved the way my mum prepared them. The string beans were soft and the dish was a bit sweet because of the tomatoes, but then again savory as well because of the garlic. It’s absolutly not a bland dish with just vegetables and tomatoes. Just give it a try. It’s mouthwatering and so simple! Once everything is simmering in the pan it’s just a matter of waiting until the string beans become delicious buttery soft. Oh, and the preparation time will cost you only a few minutes …
Did you know that tomatoes are a perfect beauty food? They prevent aging …big time. Tomatoes work just as an internal sunscreen. They help to protect the skin from the sun and you’ll age less fast. I love the concentrated tomato purees in glass jars. It’s absolutely delicious in almost every dish.
This dish is delicious with lentils, but also with buckwheat if you still want a bite or what about quinoa?
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- 500 grams of string beans
- 100 grams of tomato puree (1 glass jar)
- 200 ml water
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 2 ripe tomatoes or a bowl of cherry tomatoes
- pinch of Celtic sea salt
- a dried bay leaf
- Optional: a cup cooked red lentils per person
- Wash the string beans and cut the stalks off. Then cut them in about three or four pieces so you have smaller pieces of string beans. In a frying pan put all the ingredients (not the lentils), and allow this to simmer until the beans are soft. Add more water if everything is too dry. You will want to aim for a beautiful combination of tomato puree and soft string beans. After about 20 minutes on medium heat with a lid on the pan they should be ready. Serve with lentils, buckwheat or quinoa.
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