Can you really have green beans as a main dish? That was my big question going into this recipe. It’s not just a veggie main dish, it’s a green veggie main dish. Whoa. I wasn’t the only skeptical one in my household.
I went into it full of inspiration and enthusiasm. I was not disappointed. It was easy to make and had a ton of flavor to it. Seriously, this is like a 15 minute meal! I finished the veggies before my rice was cooked. The flavor combination is inspired by Indonesian curries. What? There’s no curry listed in the ingredients? Curry is just a combination of spices. Curries are eaten by millions if not billions of people. Asia, Africa, India and beyond. There are entire sections of the world that eat vegetarian diets, too, and curries are a part of their food culture. A curry veggie dish is perfect. It’s delicious, it is healthy, and, oh my goodness, it is even vegan! I know, right? I don’t plan on going vegan anytime soon, but I appreciate their ability to put out really healthy stuff. So go ahead, eat veggies as your main dish and love it!
1 1/2 lbs fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped in half
1 onion, cut into quarters
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
2 inches lemon grass (optional)
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1. Place the green beans in a steamer, makeshift steamer, or steam them in a pan. Cook until desired done-ness is reached (tender crisp, or tender). See cooking lesson below for more steaming info.
2. Meanwhile, in a food processor (or blender) combine the onion, garlic cloves, cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt, and red pepper flakes. Puree into a paste.
3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the onion spice paste and roast for about a minute. Add in the vegetable stock and lemon grass (optional) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium. Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.
4. Add in the tomatoes and cooked green beans. Stir to combine.
Serve over rice.