Green Beans and Tomatoes

green beans

Makes 6 servings


  • 2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 2 teaspoons canola or olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 cups tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Wash the beans, cut off the tips, and remove the stringy piece of fiber along the stem by pulling it off. Put the beans in a colander and rinse again.
  2. Over a medium heat setting, add oil to a large saucepan.
  3. Wait approximately 45 seconds until oil is hot, then add raw onions to the pan.
  4. Sauté the onions in oil until they are translucent.
  5. Stir in the garlic and sauté a few minutes more.
  6. Add green beans, tomatoes, green pepper, and water.
  7. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer covered for 15 minutes or until the beans are tender.
  8. Serve hot.

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