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“I think careful cooking is love, don’t you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give.” Julia Child

Food Files: Green Beans Medley

Food Files: Green Beans Medley

Food Files: Green Beans Medley

Food Files: Green Beans Medley

Green beans, also known as string bean, snap bean in the northeastern and western United States, or ejotes in Mexico, are the unripe fruit of various cultivars of the common bean. Wikipedia

My new weekly segment on food; Food Files is the brainchild and brilliant idea of my kids. I’ve always been a foodie and love experimenting with different ingredients and spices, but I’ve never considered creating a segment on Food. I don’t claim to be a Julia Child, I’ll leave that professional level skill for my Mom and other experts. The dish I’m sharing today, Green Beans Medley, is an easy dish to make. A good friend from my college days shared the dish with me and she assured me it was a favorite of her family in Beirut. It can been eaten as a side to a full meal or as a complement to a rice, couscous or pasta dish. Food plays an important role in all of our lives because we need it for nourishment and to keep our bodies fueled and healthy. Many of us have good memories of meals shared, and food remains a great way to bring family and friends together.

Food Files: Green Beans Medley - Ingredients and spices

Food Files: Green Beans Medley – Ingredients and spices

3 Ibs of Green Beans
8-10 fresh, Ripe Tomatoes (diced)
1/4 cup of Olive Oil (cold pressed)
1/4 cup of chopped Ginger
1 whole clove of Garlic (diced)
1/2 of a fresh, chopped hot pepper

1 tsp Tumeric
1 Tbsp Herbes de Provence
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp Rosemary

Preparation and more below

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw

Food Files: A Medley of Veggies and Fine Oils

Food Files: A Medley of Veggies and Fine Oils

Food Files: Green Beans Medley

Food Files: Green Beans Medley

I’m very inspired by nature – you could say Mother Nature. I look at things around me and get all kinds of inspiration daily. Martha Stewart

In a medium size pot, add the olive oil and let it warm up for a few minutes. Add the fresh tomatoes,but not the green beans to the pot. Add all the other fresh ingredients and spices to the pot. Set the stove on medium heat and let the ingredients simmer for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally and reduce heat if it’s bubbling or burning. Taste the stew to make sure the tomatoes acidity is reduced. After 20-25 minutes, add the green beans and mix in well. Cover pot and simmer for 10- 15 minutes or to your taste. I like my greens crunchy so I cook them just long enough to maintain a crunch. Remove pot from the heat and serve with couscous, rice, or as a side to a protein of your choice.

Food is key to our sustenance and is often viewed as a way of sharing love and affection. I grew up hearing that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and I can understand why. We gather to enjoy it with friends and family, and on special occasions. I’ve written a number of posts on food but, recently, my kids encouraged me to create a dedicated page to feature our recipes, our love for fresh ingredients and the joy of good food. This segment will be a repository for all things food; recipes, stories, reviews, special offers and more. If you’d like to share a good recipe with me please do in the comments.

My first food feature is a Green Beans Medley. Hope you enjoy it!

Positive Motivation Tip: Enjoy your foods  with friends and family, and those in need. Give gratitude for your abundance.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All photos from my Personal Collection


Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

72 Comments leave one →
  1. 21/12/2014 2:04 pm

    Mmmmm! That looks like a nice dish to go with turkey.

  2. Jeanine permalink
    21/12/2014 3:26 pm

    This looks so good! Very delicious and healthy! Would love to try it!

  3. Cherri Megasko permalink
    21/12/2014 4:05 pm

    These sound so yummy. I’m not very familiar with Lebanese food; I might give this recipe a try!

  4. Masshole Mommy permalink
    21/12/2014 4:09 pm

    That sounds good to me. I love nice, fresh green beans.

  5. Ben Butler permalink
    21/12/2014 4:14 pm

    That looks delicious.Your photographs are amazing!

  6. Trish F permalink
    21/12/2014 4:51 pm

    Oh yum, this looks really good and it would have been great to have when I had an abundance of tomatoes this year from the garden. I’ll have to try it, thanks for sharing.

  7. 21/12/2014 5:17 pm

    Yours are the kind of yummies I should be looking at Elizabeth. I find myself making a Gingerbread House-Christmas Tree I saw on Pinterest: I can’t stand the challenge. LOL. I hope the family likes it, meaning, I hope I don’t botch it.

    In the meantime, your selection looks so, so yummy. I might have to go back to the grocery store. 🙂 Yum!

    • 28/01/2015 9:42 am

      Please do and then share your recipe with us. 🙂

      • 28/01/2015 10:00 am

        Greetings,Elizabeth … I ended up using three-boxes of mix to make the gingerbread panels with. Canned icing served as the glue and various candies as the ornaments. I also used a three-tower octagonal (on all 3 layers) design, and changed the roof on my version of my Pinterest inspiration, shown as well. … I love a good challenge. 🙂

      • 28/01/2015 10:09 am

        Fantastic job. I just left you a comment on it. I’m impressed. <3

  8. 21/12/2014 5:44 pm

    I love green beans -raw, cooked, from a can, frozen. I do not like cooked tomatoes–raw-no problem but not cooked! I do think this is a recipe one of my friends would love and I will forward it on to her.

  9. 21/12/2014 6:34 pm

    I love this feature! That looks yummy, and pretty simple to do.

  10. 21/12/2014 11:40 pm

    Looks delicious and great ingredients so it must taste good too!

  11. Roaming Renegades permalink
    22/12/2014 1:50 am

    As a vegetarian I am always looking for new ideas and this looks delicious! It seems so simple to make and healthy too! I think we will definitely be trying this, maybe with some pasta or rice as you suggested!

  12. Manu Kalia permalink
    22/12/2014 4:09 am

    I find this recipe very healthy for kids. I will be saving this for my wife. Thank you so much

  13. Melissa Smith permalink
    22/12/2014 4:30 am

    I’ve never had green beans this way, but they sound phenomenal! Especially with that added bit of ginger.

  14. Ave Hla permalink
    22/12/2014 5:05 am

    Thanks for sharing a great recipe! I really like green beans and I like to experiment with new recipes, so have to give this one a try!

  15. Tonya Blackstone-Coleman permalink
    22/12/2014 6:00 am

    That looks really tasty! It’s great to see an alternative recipe to the Green Bean Casserole this time of year.

  16. Tanya Coffman permalink
    22/12/2014 8:56 am

    My kids are not a fan of green beans by themselves, but I’m sure they would enjoy this medley! Thanks for sharing the recipe! 😀

  17. KendallRayburn permalink
    22/12/2014 9:47 am

    Oh my goodness – that sounds like perfection right now! How delicious!

  18. denise low permalink
    22/12/2014 11:42 am

    Thanks for the information. We all love green beans around here no matter how they are fixed

  19. 22/12/2014 11:58 am

    We are having Christmas dinner at my new sister-in-laws house. She asked me to bring a couple dishes and I had no idea what to make for the second dish. This one sounds unique and delicious. I might just have to give it a try!

  20. 22/12/2014 1:02 pm

    This sounds like heaven. Clever kids those kids of yours…keep these segments coming please.

  21. 22/12/2014 1:50 pm

    Green bean casserole is one way that I enjoy green beans. These options look good and healthy!

  22. Susie QT pies (@susieqtpies) permalink
    22/12/2014 1:59 pm

    How amazing> I’m always looking for new recipes to make with green beans. Thanks for sharing.

  23. 23/12/2014 8:48 am

    Thank you so much for the recipe. This looks really good and amazing.

  24. Shirgie Scf permalink
    24/12/2014 3:05 am

    I love beans and I always look forward to new simple dish to try out with beans on it. Thanks for sharing the recipe, i will definitely try it out

  25. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    24/12/2014 1:43 pm

    This looks and sound like something I would love to try. I will have to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing. It looks very healthy.

  26. Michael Lambert permalink
    24/12/2014 6:31 pm

    My family loves green beans and this sounds pretty good. Looks really simple to make.

  27. Trisha Grimes (@MommaTBlog) permalink
    30/12/2014 11:45 am

    These look amazing! I’m a big fan of green beans and open to preparing them in different ways so I will definitely give this recipe a try! I think I already have it pinned but if not, I will be pinning it!

  28. Maria Morais Sarmento permalink
    22/01/2015 1:47 am

    Looks yummi! I like to sauté vegetables in olive oil and crushed garlic for flavor, I’m addicted!

  29. tisonlyme permalink
    22/01/2015 7:37 pm

    I enjoy cooking but I don’t always know how to use spices, but either way i have fun with it.. I do like that you are using Turmeric. I hear this spice helps with the liver. I have to read more, anyway thanks for sharing this with us.

  30. Leah permalink
    29/01/2015 6:06 pm

    This sounds really good and looks like the green beans that I get at a Middle-Eastern restaurant near where I live.

  31. Linda Manns Linneman permalink
    06/02/2015 9:17 am

    This green bean medley is terrific. I really appreciate this great recipe

  32. jshallow01 permalink
    16/04/2015 1:11 pm

    That looks so delicious! I will have to pick up some fresh green beans next week at the supermarket so I can make this!

  33. ssjmommy permalink
    24/04/2015 6:50 am

    This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to make it for my hubby.

  34. The Foodie Affair permalink
    09/05/2015 8:00 am

    All the spices you added to your green bean melody sounds fantastic! Lots of flavor – yum!

  35. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert permalink
    17/05/2015 7:43 pm

    This looks so delicious, I love cooking with green beans!

  36. Brandy M. permalink
    20/06/2015 5:57 pm

    What a delicious looking summer dish. Can’t wait to try it with fresh beans from the garden when they come up!

  37. Kathryn @ Dancing to Running permalink
    01/09/2015 8:03 am

    This looks like a great side dish. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Nicole @ Fitful Focus permalink
    01/09/2015 8:06 am

    Sounds delicious!

  39. wendyistakingthelongwayhome permalink
    01/09/2015 8:25 am

    I love green beans. I think this would be great around the holidays!

  40. Elle permalink
    01/09/2015 8:37 am

    I am loving the fresh green beans that we are getting here right now! I think your recipe looks very inviting!

  41. fitfoodiemama permalink
    01/09/2015 1:18 pm

    I just love green beans, this looks so good!!!

  42. Rachel @RunningRachel permalink
    01/09/2015 1:32 pm

    Yummy! I do like green beans and your selections look great!

  43. Toni Church permalink
    02/09/2015 11:58 am

    MMMMM!! I love green beans, this looks amazing!

  44. Safari permalink
    02/09/2015 1:47 pm

    OMG those look delish!!! As much as I HATE cooking…especially foods with more than 2 ingredients lol…I may have to give this a try…I’m doing weight watchers and this looks like a nice, yummy ZERO point MEAL!!!

    • 05/09/2015 6:14 am

      Oh you’re funny! I used to be that way until I got married and had kids… Now I cook fresh, healthy meals and love the calm of cooking

  45. Becki S permalink
    02/09/2015 2:53 pm

    Mmm! This looks very tasty and good for the end of the summer. Thanks for sharing =)