This brings back memories! Your recipe is delicious. When I was preparing for our large family and green beans were at their best, I used stew meat pounded or hamburger, beef<br/>shortening (no olive oil available in stores) and homemade beef broth. I also used to cut<br/>the tender shoots of the beet tops into 1 inch pieces and add to the green beans along with the spices and onion. I still do that today and use olive oil as it is in every food store. I am glad that you posted.