Green, leafy vegetables and fresh beans overflow the vegetable stands in the wintertime.
As with the typical Mediterranean diet: vegetables are in; lots of meat is not. But a little bit of meat can add a welcome taste
An easy, go-to meal on these cold winter days is fresh green beans in a tomato sauce. Some people choose to add sauteed onions, garlic and chicken to the pot before adding the fresh green beans. It’s all a matter of preference. I can say that, as a family, we eat green beans about once per week, sometimes with chicken, often times without. The basic ingredients are below:
- One pound of fresh green beans. Unfortunately frozen green beans are not a good substitute. Once defrosted, the water has made the frozen green beans lose that crunch. I saute frozen green beans with a touch of garlic and olive oil for another dish. But for this recipe, fresh is superior
- One chicken breast, cut in 1 inch sized pieces (optional)
- One medium-sized yellow onion, chopped
- 2 – 3 fresh tomatoes, crushed
- Salt or one chicken stock bouillon
- 2 Tablespoons canola oil
- Extra virgin olive oil
We only had 3 people for tonight’s meal, so I reduced the portion
- Trim the green beans by cutting the ends
- Chop onions, tomatoes and uncooked chicken. Place aside separately.
- In a large pot, add the canola oil. Add the chicken and saute gently, on all sides.
- Once chicken is no longer pink, add onions and stir until golden.
- Add washed, cut green beans over top and the crushed tomatoes. Stir so all are mixed.
- Add about half cup of water until the vegetables are half covered (do NOT cover the meal with water. It will make the entire meal too soupy)
- Sprinkle salt over the top or toss in one bouillon.
- Cover with lid and bring to a gentle boil.
- Once boiled, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, lift lid and douse (or add a couple of tablespoons) with some yummy extra virgin olive oil.
- Serve with brown rice or cooked bulgur wheat (another posting on this tasty, nutritious grain later) and feta cheese! Enjoy!
Goddess Trick: I often times prepare vegetables the night before while watching TV. It’s a great way to keep my mind busy and not do any late night snacking!
- I hate cutting, trimming vegetables. So I try to get my chores over with while not thinking about it. In the evening, once the kids go to bed, I pull out the vegetables that I will need to cook the following day. While watching TV, instead of vegging out, I trim my veggies. I grab a large towel, a couple of bowls, and a knife. I do all of my trimming and discarding while not even thinking that I am actually doing a chore.
- Then, the next day, my vegetables have already been prepped for that evening’s meal. I simply take out the bowl with the prepared vegetables, wash and cook.
- Please be careful while doing this! I don’t want any little goddess fingers to be cut or sliced!