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How To Cook Fresh Green Beans: Stewed Green Beans Recipe
For those how are looking for ways to cook fresh green beans, I'd like to present my today's stewed green beans recipe. This is one more dish that is popular in Armenia and the Caucasus in general.
The History of Green Beans
Green beans are said to be originated in America. It came to Europe in 16 century with Spanish and Holland invasions. But Europeans didn't understand the usefulness of green beans - they used it mainly as decorative plant in the gardens, and only in 200 years started cooking it.
Health Benefits of Green Beans
Nutritionists say that for the people who are 40 or older, green beans are must-have in a diet. But even if you are younger, there is no need to wait. Green beans are full of vitamins A, C, E, B, as well as minerals - magnesium, folic acid, iron, calcium, and chromium. The uniqueness of green beans is that they do not absorb the toxic elements from the environment.
Green beans help with hormonal imbalances due to vitamins C, A and E. It's especially useful for teenagers, pregnant women and women during menopause, since it helps to soften hormonal problems in the body.
Green beans improve the function of the kidneys, liver, respiratory system, stomach, nervous system, heart and blood vessels.
And what's the best part - green beans don't have calories and are considered a dietary product. It's great for those who try to lose or maintain weight. Green beans actually help in weight-loss.
I know that many people cook green beans with tomatoes, onion and garlic, which is also very tasty, but if you would like to try something new, I really recommend trying this variant - with the eggs! So let's begin...
- Green beans
- 2-3 Eggs
How To Cook Fresh Green Beans
- Wash green beans, cut or break the "tails".
- Slice each piece diagonally(!). Such cutting way almost never leaves whole beans which is very good for this dish.
- Put sliced beans into the pan or deep frying pan, add A LITTLE BIT of boiling water, salt, cover with the lid and put on heat. It's important to add boiling water to preserve the color of the beans. It's better to stew the beans under the lid to preserve most part of the nutrients and vitamins.
- While the beans are stewing, open the lid and stir them from time to time.
- As soon as the beans become softer and start changing color, add a piece of butter.
- Cover with the lid and stew until ready. Don't overcook! Beans shouldn't look like puree, they should be a little bit crispy and should have some juice on the bottom of the pan.
- Try and add salt if needed.
- Whip the eggs lightly.
- Add whipped eggs to the beans... and stir quickly so that the eggs spread evenly.
Don't add pepper or other spices. Only water, butter and salt - it will create very tender and natural taste.
If you really (really!) want some spices, add some garlic sauce (Greek yogurt or sour cream with minced garlic).