Moving Day and Garlicky Green Beans in Tomato Sauce

Due to the impending move from my house of 18 years to our ‘farm’, I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks.  Packing the house contents into 400+ boxes, selling furniture, holding a moving sale, packing up after that… getting rid of stuff, going through the contents of the shed, and cleaning took every available minute!

Our move day was Sept. 14th, and the tenants leasing my house moved in on the 16th.  The master bedroom isn’t quite finished yet, so I’ve been sleeping on the sofa in our Study, and J is on the couch in the living room. But we’re getting close!  Windows and wall were completed last week, it was painted on Tuesday, and tomorrow the electrical wiring and hardwood floors go in.

I can’t say we’re not still surrounded by boxes, but in the past 5 days I’ve unpacked over 50 boxes for the kitchen alone!  That’s not counting the boxes of living room/laundry room contents, J’s 60 boxes of books that went into his office in the Barn, and distributing the kids’ boxes to their respective rooms.

After 8 straight hours of cleaning cabinets and drawers, measuring, cutting the contact paper and lining 70% of them, I was getting giddy. What DO they put in contact paper paste!?  🙂

Me in Kirchen 09142013

Our first dinner in our new kitchen was a simple one.  There are some classic Lebanese dishes that just can’t be beat.  This garlicky Green Bean dish called Loubi bi Zayt (literally: Green Beans in Oil) is a popular and much loved one.  It is eaten at room temperature of even cold, accompanied by raw onions, and pita bread.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce – Loubi bi Zayt

This recipe is rich in fiber and lycopene, so it’s a powerful cancer-prevention dish.

Spicy Loubi bi Zayt 2

  • 2 organic Onions, coarsely chopped or cut into thin wings
  • 8 – 10 cloves organic Garlic, peeled and large ones cut in half
  • 1 lb. organic Green Beans, washed, stemmed and cut in half
  • 16 oz. organic Tomato Sauce
  • 1 c. hot Water
  • 1/4 c. organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. Tabasco sauce (opt.)green beans, raw

Place onions and garlic in a large pot over medium-low heat and stir until they begin to turn golden.

Add green beans and stir occasionally for another 10 minutes.  Add Tomato sauce, water, oil and salt to taste.

Raise temp to medium-high until contents come to a boil.  Return to low heat, cover and let cook 25 – 30 minutes, or until beans are cooked. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Pour into a large bowl.  Decorate with parsley leaves and onions.

Serve with pita bread, rice pilaf and a protein.

Spicy Loubi bi Zayt

~ Sahtein! (double health)

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