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    Haitian Legumes

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    2 hrs 15 mins

    20 mins

    1 hr 55 mins

    Manami's Note:

    This is another one of my favorites that we used to serve as a whole meal with some rice and fried plantains. It is one of the best ways to serve eggplant; with cabbage, carrots, spinach, watercress, & chayotte. I have had it as a meatless dish and also, with crab, or beef & beef bones with marrow. This is a combination of many recipes and in my attempt to get the right amounts to post I may have had to guesstimate a few times. Please forgive me!

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    1. 1
      Wash beef with lime juice, & salt; allow to marinate for 10 minutes.
    2. 2
      Rinse with cold water.
    3. 3
      Make a paste from green pepper, green onions, parsley, garlic and vinegar; rub it on meat and let marinate for about 30 minutes.
    4. 4
      Brown beef in small amount of oil.
    5. 5
      Add tomato paste, seasonings and water to cover the beef.
    6. 6
      Add chopped green bell pepper and place on top of the beef while it is cooking.
    7. 7
      Let the beef cook until tender, continually adding tomato paste mixture as needed, so beef does not burn or dry out.
    8. 8
      After meat is tender, bring a large pot with a medium amount of water to a boil and start placing in the vegetables.
    9. 9
      First, add the cabbage and eggplant, next add the lima beans and green beans. Add the carrots, and chayottes - allow to steam until somewhat tender, then add spinach and watercress.
    10. 10
      Pour some oil over the vegetables, add the butter and 1 Maggi cube - continue to let steam till tender.
    11. 11
      Once tender, add the vegetables to beef mixture and stir everything together.
    12. 12
      Let cook for another 10-20 minutes.
    13. 13
      Taste, adjust seasonings.
    14. 14
      If necessary, add another Maggi cube.
    15. 15
      Taste again, and adjust all the seasonings.
    16. 16
      This also goes very well with white rice and black beans or kidney beans, that have been cooked down and blended in a blender to make sauce pois(bean sauce).
    17. 17

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 07, 2014


      Great recipe! My haitian and non-haitian friends who tried it, loved it. In my case, I used goat meat and fresh zipper peas because I don't do beef often and was too lazy to go by lima beans and green beans. Still turned out wonderful! <br/>This dish is Delicious and I look forward to making this more often! :)

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    • on August 28, 2013

      Thanks for sharing the recipe. I wanted a refresher and was happy to find it. I would like to comment though that before adding the beef, the vegetables can be squashed with a fork or a pestle handle. This makes for a nicer texture. You can however try to avoid doing it to the carrots and lima beans if you'd prefer.

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    • on February 01, 2011


      My boyfriend is a old fashion Haitian man that is uses to his Haitian crusine. When he moved to Texas away from his mother that would spoil him with his Haitian dishes this man became very demanding of me to make his favorite dish Legume. Now myself being a bahamian/haitian raised in American I had no clue on where to being when making Legume, but thankful for this recipe I found here on because it save me and my man's stomach LOL!!! You would think I've been cooking haitian food from birth!

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    Nutritional Facts for Haitian Legumes

    Serving Size: 1 (592 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 295.9
    Calories from Fat 93
    Total Fat 10.4 g
    Saturated Fat 1.4 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 504.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 46.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 17.0 g
    Sugars 16.1 g
    Protein 12.1 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    Maggi chicken cubes

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