A Greek Eating Habit
Green Beans Stewed With Tomato Sauce is a traditional Greek dish. This recipe is one of the Greek Oily Stews as we call them in Greece ‘Ladera Fagita’ (Various vegetables cooked with plenty of olive oil). Like the Green Peas And Tomato Casserole, or the Greek Stuffed Tomatoes And Peppers. These dishes are considered very healthy and are the daily Greek lunches (lunch is our main meal of the day in Greece). And here I’ll let you take a pick at our weekly eating plan which really represents the Mediterranean diet.
So it goes something like that…
MONDAY: No-meat-day. FRIDAY: Maybe-meat-day.
TUESDAY: No-meat-day. SATURDAY: No-meat-day.
WEDNESDAY: Meat-day. SUNDAY: Always-have-meat-day.
Now, why do we have days that we do not eat meat? Well, it has nothing to do with religion or anything. It’s just a way to avoid consuming too much meat. As too much meat is considered unhealthy and unnecessary in Greece. We praise vegetables, legumes which we always eat during the week, and avoid consuming big quantities of meat. And that’s why we have numerous Vegetable and Legume recipes in Greece. And some of them are these Oily Stews ‘Ladera Fagita’.
Most of these dishes are also very fulfilling so it’s better to eat them early in the day. The idea is to give you enough energy in order to keep you throughout the day or make you go for a siesta…
Either way, this Green Beans Stewed With Tomato Sauce is packed with flavor as well as with lots of nutrients. It’s made with Romano beans and it’s pretty easy to pull through. It only requires to clean the beans at first (that is if you decide on using fresh ones), and then some simmering. That’s it. Nothing more.
It’s Best If It’s Fresh
As for this recipe, it would be the best option if you could find fresh good quality Romano beans (they grow mostly in the summer and fall). Pick the ones that feel crispy, not soft when you touch them. Avoid the older ones, that tend to soften up (dehydrate) and don’t have an even coloration. If you can’t find any, don’t worry as they are widely sold frozen and ready to cook. I used frozen as well since it’s November now.
These flattened green beans need a bit of cooking to become nice and tender. They’re not just boiled of course. They are slowly cooked, in freshly grated tomato juice (to give them a fresh sweetness), along with a bit of tomato paste (for a stronger flavor). A bit of garlic, some parsley and that easily you can have a delicious, humble and healthy meal. No wonder why they go on and say, that Greek and Mediterranean cuisine is healthy. Well, of course, it is if you eat that many greens, with that amount of olive oil…💚
I’ll Teach You How To Eat It Too
And what do I mean by that? All people in Greece eat this dish exactly the same fashion. So listen…, go buy or even make some rustic artisan bread, and some salty feta cheese. And this is the way I’d serve it to you (and watch me eat it too) if you were let’s say coming for lunch in my house. One big slice of the bread on one side, and a big piece of feta cheese on your plate. Grab one bite of beans and feta together. And then dip a piece of the bread in the stewed oil. I will say no more… Try it and you’ll see how scrumptious it is…