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Loubia – Lebanese Green Bean Stew

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

One of my favorite traditional Lebanese stews is Loubia. Its very healthy, very simple and easy to make. When you make it once you will want it again! You can use frozen green beans, and to be honest, that saves aLOT of time getting the beans ready. I love anything fresh so I usually get the beans ready the night before while watching TV.

I like to use 1lb of beans. Will feed 4, I just love leftovers 🙂

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

Just pinch off the stalk side of the bean Then snap them in half.

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

I love to prepare this in the pressure cooker, because it cooks in 15 min!

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

Sautee 1 medium onion.

Add 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon 7 spice blend, 1/4 teaspoon sage, 1/4 teaspoon thyme. Salt.

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

Add 1lb cubed meat.

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

After browning the meat, add the green beans then add 1 can Diced Tomatoes (add the whole thing w the liquid). Alot of people add tomato sauce or paste, I never use the stuff. I always use these diced tomatoes. Keeps everything light and refreshing. Just close the lid on the pressure cooker. Set it to high for 2 min. Once the pressure builds up, put it on low and cook for 15 min only!

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

While the beans are cooking. I add oil to a pot, brown some vermicelli, and add rice and water.

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

The meat is melt in your mouth no matter what cut it is because of the pressure cooker. The natural juices of the beans come out and soak up in the rice beautifully.

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

At home we always dine family style.

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

I love to eat this with pita bread. Mop up the juices. Wrap my mouth around the juicy chunks of meat. This also makes a very healthy dinner. Your kids will love it. I did as a kid, and I still am addicted to it 🙂

Potatoe pie madness

Have you ever had leftover baked, mashed or other potatoe. Well, this is a reason to make sure you do have leftovers. Some yummy easy potatoe pie for the next day!

The beauty of this is you can add whatever you want into this, even top it off with marinara sauce at the end. Here is what you need.

ingredients
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leftover mashed potatoes, potatoes…
1 lb ground beef
italian herbs
1 carrot finely chopped
1 onion chopped
2 tablespoon vinegar
salt pepper to taste
crushed croutons/ bread crumbs
optional: marinara sauce

1) whatever leftover you have, it needs to be mashed and made thick and creamy.
Spread half the potatoe mix at least 1/2 inch thick along the bottom of the pan and smooth it out
mashed potatoe madness

season it VERY well
flavor the potatoes with aLOT of seasoning and herbs or it will come out bland. I dont do bland:)

mashed potatoe madness

2) sautee the onion, add the carrot and ground beef. Add the vinegar and salt n pepper to the meat.you can add tomatoes too if you like, or any other veggie

3)the ground beef should be spread on top

mashed potatoe madness

4) spread the rest of the potatoes on top of the beef this can be tricky. Put a huge dollop of potatoes then slowly spread with a spoon without picking up meat

mashed potatoe madness

5) after its all ready, pop in the oven for 20-25 min at 350

mashed potatoe madness

6) top with the crushed croutons about 10 min before taking it out of the oven.

mashed potatoe madness

7) take a slice out and enjoy with a vinegerette salad (this is a must!). The sour of the salad pairs great with this

mashed potatoe madness

my hubby had never had this, and he loved it. My mum used to make it for me on those cold school days. And it always just makes me feel at home. What did your mum make for you that made u feel cozy and warm and puurrrfect?

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