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Green Beans with Tomato

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Very easy to make and very tasty. Stores well in the fridge.

Estimate 12-16 oz green beans, trimmed and washed well. Fresh (or what passes as fresh). With regard to nomenclature, these are what are commonly called "Green Beans" where I am at. I am sure other varieties would work well but may require cooking time adjustment.

Heat a "healthy amount of good olive oil in a pan. Add a large clove of garlic minced. Garlic should sizzle but not turn brown at all - slightly golden. Chopping it to the same size (which I did not do here) helps get it just right.

Add one can of diced tomatoes (15 0z). Add basil, oregano and salt. Some heat works well in this dish and I used some dried Cajun Belle peppers These are hot, but just barely - nobody should complain and they add a nice bite.

When you have it simmering, add the green beans and cover. Watch and stir every so often. Don't let all the moisture evaporate out - add a little water if needed. The aim here is to reduce the tomatoes while cooking the beans. The end result is that the tomatoes are concentrated and the beans are tender (taste test - hard to say how long is required, 20-25 min or so). The sweet concentrated tomatoes are very complementary to the beans.

Thanks for the idea. Not what I would have considered, but I am going to try this today...

(For some reason I am thinking an egg dropped on top towards the end would be.. interesting)

And add mushrooms.


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And I did. The good news is it was great  :-+

The bad news is it suffered serious feature-creep so wasn't really this menu. And Mrs Dunkem says "very nice, but perhaps without the beans next time". Sorry.

you can possibly use tomato paste to reduce cooking time or use a mixture of tomato paste and diced tomatoes, if you find the green beans are too cooked (more in the style of curry to use the tomato paste).

It may also be interesting to stuff it under the broiler if someone figures out when. I get annoyed at veggies being too cooked and I feel like the tomato sauce reduction might take too long.

i.e. blanch beans, fry fast with garlic oil, add tomato paste and a little bit of diced tomatoes, perhaps broil but I am not sure.

It would be a different dish with the same ingredients, but I do appreciate the fact that there is no complex steps in this recipe, so it might actually be made. Given the extreme shelf life of all the ingredients and the ease of cooking it seems like a great backup meal to unhealthy food that would normally be made with the same effort, since green beans last forever ( I don't mean the canned ones, I just noticed wow.. they can lay there for a very long time compared to everything else I normally eat).


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