Tiny New York Kitchen: Lebanese Green Beans

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By Victoria Hart Glavin of Tiny New York Kitchen

This vegetable dish is absolutely delicious. Made with onions, garlic,tomatoes, green beans, and a few spices. Spice up your green beans with this extremely popular Lebanese recipe. If you want to make this dish vegan then replace the butter with olive oil.


3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

1 Small Onion (Chopped)

3 Garlic Cloves (Sliced)

1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

1 Can (28 Ounces) Diced Tomatoes With Juice

1 Pound Green Beans (Trimmed)

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Cup Water

1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Zest

In large-size skillet add unsalted butter. Turn heat to medium-high and melt butter for 1 minute. Add onions, garlic, kosher salt, and pepper. Cook 5 minutes until onions are soft. Add tomatoes with juice, green beans, cinnamon, and water. Stir well to combine. Cover with lid and cook 5 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 25 minutes until beans are tender. Stir occasionally.

Remove lid and stir in lemon zest. Cook 1 more minute.

Remove from heat and transfer to serving bowl. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 as side dish.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 37 Minutes
Total Time: 57 Minutes

Victoria Hart Glavin has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a teenager. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France.

While living in France, Victoria studied French cooking from an expert Lyonnais chef. Victoria learned to love the local culture of preparing and enjoying fresh, seasonal foods. While in France, Victoria experienced the joys of shopping for local produce at the market and preparing fresh foods simply and beautifully in order to enhance the experience of the table. During her time in France, she says she “learned how to squeeze tomatoes at the local market” and “took everything in by osmosis.”

Currently, Victoria creates tasty treats in her tiny kitchen, in New York City, for all to enjoy and on weekends she explores Fairfield County where has a second home. Victoria has shared her recipes with others and now you can enjoy the Tiny New York Kitchen recipe collection, too!  Victoria is a member of Culinary Historians of New York and a member of the Association for the Study of Food and Society.