This green beans and tomatoes recipe is healthy, easy, cheap and delicious! It’s a simple vegetarian dish with green beans, onion, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and some salt. Once you try it, you will want to go back to the store and get some more ingredients to make this green beans recipe again.
Tomatoes and green beans is one of the dishes I never liked growing up in the Balkans. That and tomato rice. It was regularly on my grandma’s menu. Especially during summer when tomatoes and green beans are in season. She’d make a huge pot and then we’d enjoy with lots of fresh bread. When I say “we’d enjoy” I mean the others. I usually ate only the bread. It took many years, but later in life, I became a huge fan of this dish too. In fact, I did some serious daydreaming for a week about the green beans before I finally made this meal. It’s SO good!
As you can tell, this green bean recipe definitely brings back memories. It’s very simple, healthy, pretty cheap and tastes wonderful. It’s pretty versatile too. My hands were itching to add some spice when I was making it, but I controlled myself. Just in case the little ones wanted to have some. No luck there, but the green beans were gone anyways and everyone at the table was happy.
Ingredients For The Green Beans and Tomatoes
This simple green bean dish has only six (yes, six) very easy-to-find ingredients:
Tomatoes. I originally made this dish in August, when tomatoes are abundant, so I used fresh tomatoes. Canned tomatoes can work too, but the flavor will be different and a bit less sweet.
Green Beans. Here I used a bag of frozen green beans. You can probably make this dish with fresh green beans too.
Onion and Garlic. And don’t be stingy with these flavorful vegetables! They are so important in this dish.
Olive oil and salt. To make the meal richer and to let the flavors shine. I recommend using extra virgin olive oil, but if you don’t like it, any type of oil will work.
How To Make Green Beans and Tomatoes
Preparing this healthy dish with green beans and tomatoes couldn’t be easier!
All you need to do is add all ingredients with a good amound of salt to a large pan and cook at medium-high for about 10 minutes. Then reduce heat and cook for 25-30 more minutes or until the tomatoes have cooked down and the green beans are done.
Great Additions To Try
This recipe for green beans is so simple and it leaves a lot of room to experiment. Some things you can try if you make this dish is adding some chili flakes for heat or some feta cheese or chopped olives to make it saltier.
You can also add vegetables like peppers, eggplant, chopped broccoli or fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro, whatever you enjoy and have at the moment.
My Favorite Way To Serve These Green Beans
I will not oversell this to you and will make it short, I promise. This is what you have to do, to take the green beans and tomatoes over the top so that everyone loves you:
Mix a cup of yogurt with one or two minced garlic cloves, add in a few good pinches of salt…Put it on the green beans or right next to them…You will be amazed. Seriously.
Then some maybe some good bread…
OMG! What else could you need?
Served like this the green beans are truly magical. Might even be better than Jack’s.
What To Do WIth Leftovers
If there are any leftovers, transfer them to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Then reheat when it’s time to serve.
I actually made a super tasty breakfast using eggs and the leftovers from this dish the other day.
It doesn’t look like Mona Lisa, but it was so good! I guess I will share it in a separate recipe, but all you need to do is heat up the green beans in a pan, add a little bit of garlic, then scramble two eggs inside and serve. You won’t believe how good it is until you taste this vegetarian breakfast.
More Easy Vegetarian Recipes
I hope you enjoy this tomatoes and green beans recipe as your main or side dish at least as much as I do (which is A LOT). If you do want to try more easy vegetarian meals, start with these:
- 12oz green beans, frozen
- 3 tomatoes (about 3 1/2 cups)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt to taste
- Add all ingredients to a large pan.
- Cover with a lid and cook for about 10 minutes at medium-high to high heat.
- Reduce heat to medium and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes.
- Remove lid and cook for another 10 minutes or until tomatoes have cooked down and there's no extra water in the pan.
- Serve immediately with yogurt garlic sauce (yogurt + minced garlic + salt).
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 237Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 0mgSodium 304mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 8gSugar 13gProtein 6g