Garlic & Tomato Braised Green Beans or ‘Fasoolea bi Zait’

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Garlicky, tomatoey, and oh-so-hearty (especially for vegetarians), this dish will have you begging for more with each and every bite. ‘Bi zait’ meaning ‘in oil’ encompasses a group of middle-eastern ‘mezzes’ or side dishes that are cooked in oil. Serve along with warmed pita bread for a dish that will warm your soul.

Prep & Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 6

1 onion, cut into half-moon slices
8 whole garlic cloves
1 tablespoon peanut oil
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 carrots, diced into ½ inch diagonal circles
32 ounce frozen Italian cut green beans, thawed
2 small to medium Roma tomatoes, skin peeled and diced small
1 stick cinnamon
1.5-2 cups water
Salt, to taste
Pita bread, for serving

1. Heat peanut oil & 2.5 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic cloves. Continue to cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes until translucent but not browned, stirring occasionally. Add carrots and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes.
2. Add green beans and increase to high heat. You will start seeing the green beans become more of a vibrant green. Continue to cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes and mix well. Add cinnamon stick to mixture and reduce heat to medium.
3. Add 1.5-2 cups of water to saucepan—just enough liquid to cover the mixture. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, and then uncover pot slightly for a final five minutes. Season with salt.
4. Serve on a plate at room temperature along with pita bread, and top off with ½ tablespoon olive oil. Serve with warmed pita bread.

And sahtein—or deux healths!

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