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Fresh Green Beans in Tomato & Olive Oil September 12, 2010

Posted by Deniz Olcay in Healthy Eats, Turkish Dishes.
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Upon your next visit to the farmer’s market, be sure to grab some green beans, fresh tomato and onions. This Turkish recipe, is called “Zeytinyagli Fasulye” or “Green Beans in Olive Oil”, and tastes best when cooked with the freshest of vegetables. Served cold, this is a very practical and healthy dish to have sitting in your refrigerator on those days you forget to prepare lunch for work. Combining sweet, salty and sour flavors together, makes this my most favorite healthy dish. Enjoy!

You will need

2 pounds of fresh green beans
5 medium sized tomatoes
3 medium onions
1 clove of garlic
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1.5 teaspoons of salt
1 cup of olive oil

1. Finely chop 3 onions, 5 tomatoes and set aside. Rinse the 2 pounds of green beans, and cut off the tips. Set aside.


Chop Onions, Tomatoes & Wash Green Beans

2. Saute the onions in 1 cup of olive oil until translucent (about 4-5 minutes over medium-high heat). Add 1 tablespoon of tomato paste and stir in. Boil some water in a kettle and have ready for the next step.

Saute the onions in olive oil, add tomato paste

3. Place the 2 pounds of green beans into the pot, and stir in with the onions for about 5 minutes.

Add the green beans and cook for 5 more minutes

4. Add the chopped tomatoes into the pot.

Add tomatoes into the green beans

5. Add 1 garlic clove into the pot to give some flavor during cooking. Also add 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1.5 teaspoons of salt,  and juice of half a lemon. Also add 1 cup of boiling water into the pot. Bring to a boil, then place over low heat for 45 minutes. Make sure the pot is covered, and stir occasionally.

Add salt, lemon juice, sugar and garlic clove

6. Once cooked, allow to cool for 10 minutes on the stove, uncovered. Then place in fridge to allow the dish to cool.

Once cooked, allow to cool and place in fridge

7. Serve cold with fresh ground pepper, and additional lemon if desired. Enjoy!

Add fresh ground pepper and more lemon as desired

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