By Kumquat the Cat's friend on March 24, 2005
Photo by NcMysteryShopper
Photo by NcMysteryShopper
"Green beans and tomatoes are a terrific combination which I found out when my BF and I ordered this dish at a middle eastern restaurant a few years ago. It can be found in Italian cuisine as well but I prefer the middle eastern (Lebanese) variety. This is a meatless version which I adapted from a recipe off the internet and like to serve over rice or couscous, making a light meal or more substantial side dish. The idea is to cook until the beans are in between soft and crisp so they have a nice consistency that goes well with the tomatoes. If you have no problem with inauthenticity, sprinkle with parmesan cheese too and you'll get the best of both worlds."
Serving Size: 1 (386 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"This was a terrific side dish and I didn't even add in the allspice."
"Very good for DD1 (4 years old) and I but I did use recipe#79179 instead of allspice which is a common substitution I make, I also used a larger quantity. I omitted the sugar to be healthier and used frozen green beans and a bit of extra garlic. I did not add the pepper as there was already a significant amount in the spice mix and I added sea salt, to taste, not measure. I did not think the parsley would go well with this so I didn't use that option. Like others I had to add the additional water but that may be because I used drained canned tomatoes rather than fresh ones. I served this over rice as a main vegetarian dish. I would make this again for myself but not DH as he doesn't like green beans."
"This was easy enough to put together and I really liked the flavors. Only thing I would do next time is not serve it over rice as recommended. I liked it better just as a nice green bean side dish. Made for ZWT6"
"A very nice way to prepare fresh green beans. It was served over steamed basmati rice. I used roma tomatoes and did find that the dish required more than the 1/4 cup water that was suggested. Made for *ZWT6*"
"This turned out surprisingly well, and was quite tasty. I do have a few suggestions to make about the actual recipe, though: unless you have very wet tomatoes, or are using canned ones, you will almost assuredly need the extra 1/4 cup water (and next time, I plan to use more). The recipe doesn't state how high to cook at during the final cooking phase -- we guessed it was low heat. Finally, keep an eye on it during that final phase -- we didn't, and the mixture got baked to the pan and was too dry (which is why we'll be adding more water next time). Still, it ended up being quite good tasting, despite all these problems! Edited to add: we've now made this several more times, and it gets better each time. I recommend using lots of extra garlic. Also, we like having it over pasta instead of rice sometimes."
"This was easy to whip up and feels very healthy, but we found it pretty bland."
"Yummy! This was so good. I can't wait to make it again. Even my 4 and 8 year olds cleared there plates"
"Wonderful dish! We're not too familiar with Middle Eastern cooking so the combination of flavors in this dish were quite new to us. DH and I both enjoyed this and will make it again."
"Wow! This was delicious! I wanted a quick after work dinner for 2, so I used a can of Muir Glen organic diced tomatoes with basil and garlic (and one fresh, large tomato diced) and a can of organic french cut green beans. I also didn't have any allspice so I omitted that and the sugar. I served it over brown rice. I served it as a main dish with toasted english muffins (like Tomato on Toast). Some possible variations would be to add slivered almonds or shredded chicken. This was SO good and easy to make! I will definitely make again and again. Thank you!"
"This was fabulous! I did serve it a bit differently so maybe that is why our review is higher. Instead of plain rice I served it over a Rice & Orzo Pilaf (#134294)as a side dish to Lebanese Chicken. The flavors complimented each other so well and it was an outstanding dinner. I am glad I gave this recipe a go!!! Thanks Kumquat and your friend!"
"We had this for a quick and simple lunch. I did saute the onion and garlic together, the green beans were canned cut green beans and I used the canned tomatoes. The allspice was a nice flavor with the green beans and tomaotes over the rice. Will be making this again soon."
"I made this as a main dish for our evening meal. Although initially I was a bit apprehensive about using allspice (the strong flavour can take over sometimes) but it worked really well and added a warm depth to the flavours. As a main dish this is a very pleasant, easy to make weekday dish. I imagine it will work great as a side dish too."
"I ended up using italian seasoning and Mrs. Dash in this because for some reason my printed copy of this recipe did not include the seasonings. I also used about 8 cloves of garlic, roasted and coursly chopped, because we like roasted garlic, and larger pieces are not as harsh. My dh didn't care for this dish, but I think it would be better with the correct seasoning. Definately serve the rice with this."