Vegan Lemony Green Beans
The Wednesday Dish of Loubieh Bil-Zeit
The Vegan Green Beans dish of Loubieh bil-Zeit is one of the most traditional and common dishes in the Lebanese Cuisine. It stands for Green Beans in Oil, which is mostly an expression that our culture uses to state the absence of meat in the dish.
Our cuisine named it Loubieh Bil-Zeit to differentiate it from another very common dish of ours: Loubieh Bil-Lahme: Green Beans with Meat.
Enjoyed as a main dish, a side dish, and even as a cold salad, it is suitable for Lent and for the no-meat fasting days of the week: Wednesday and Friday.
For many Lebanese devoted Christians, Loubieh bil-Zeit is known as their Wednesday Dish However, this is by no means a religious dish. It is widely liked and eaten nationwide.
The particularity of this dish is in its lemon-zesty flavor, its tender texture, and its lightness on the stomach.
Lemon Green Beans : Impressively Antioxidant!
A light meal that is purely vegan, Loubieh Bil-Zeit is however powerfully antioxidant and health boosting. Even if frozen and cooked, it retains 90% of its vitamins B6 and B2!
- improve regulation of diabetes
- boost your immune system
- regulate digestion
- health supporter of eyes and bones
- reduce the risk of heart disease and colon cancer
- reduce the risk of birth defects for pregnant women
- help with the elimination of harmful free radicals,
- provide you with vitamins and minerals while being of low-calorie.
The Recipe: The Must and The Easier
Loubieh bil-Zeit recipe requires Flat Wide green beans, for their tenderness and texture. You might know them as Helda beans or Romano beans. Not to confuse them with the thinner Asian green beans of the Chinese cuisine.
My usual M.O. in the kitchen is to cut to the chase, and spare myself unnecessary extra time. Hence, I am providing you with my personal recipe that is easier and quicker, while keeping to its authenticity. It skips the from-scratch-process with the use of frozen Green Beans. These have proven to keep their nutritious benefits, and the delicious outcome is the same.
Remember my previous posting: Extra Virgin Olive Oil is NOT suitable for cooking. Use Virgin Olive Oil or Pure Olive Oil instead to cook this dish!
Try this dish with our Golden Crispy Potatoes or siding our Vegetarian Fish Kibbeh; If you are opting for a more fulfilling meal and you are not vegetarian or vegan, go for the Roast Chicken with Fine Herbs.
Vegan Green Bean with Lemon Juice
- 1 Kg Green Beans; (Romano) Frozen and thawed cut
- 2 Onion (medium) chopped finely
- 1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Garlic mashed (Optional)
- 1/4 tsp Salt or as desired
- 1/2 tsp Lebanese 7-Spice or a mix of white pepper and black pepper
- 3 tbsps Olive Oil for cooking; please refer to "Know Your Olive Oil" above
- 1/2 Lemon sliced; for serving
Preheat the olive oil, and tenderize the onions over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Stir in the mashed garlic until fragrant.
Add the green beans, season with 7-spices, and mix very gently to avoid smashing the green beans. Cook for 5 minutes at medium heat.
Cover the green beans with just enough water and cook for 10-12 minutes over medium heat.
Season with salt, and stir in the lemon juice gently. Lower the heat and leave it to cook for 5-8 minutes.
NOTE: Do not let the liquid dry off. If, for any unforeseen reason, you see it happening, add some hot water. Loubieh Bil-Zeit is a dish with a lemon-flavor liquid.
Serve hot or cold, with Lebanese pita bread.
Have Lemon wedges on a side plate for those who, like me, would enjoy a more zesty flavor.
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