Summer Beans

Looking for a healthy, easy summer dinner? Look no further….

My husband introduced me to this recipe before we were married. His mother made it for him when he was growing up. And because we were so poor, we ate it often because it’s inexpensive, nutritious, and delicious. I know it’s summer once we start making batches of Summer Beans. (We also call them Greek Beans–maybe because of all the garlic?)

Summer Beans
inspired by my mother-in-law’s recipe

Tomatoes–can use fresh (5-6 large tomatoes) or canned (2 small cans or 1 large)
4-5 Yukon Gold potatoes (or other waxy potato), sliced into 1/4″ rounds
1 bag frozen green beans (I like the Haricot Verts from Trader Joe’s)
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced or sliced (whatever you like)
Salt and pepper
Drizzle of good extra-virgin olive oil

Ingredients:Cook sliced potatoes, tomatoes, and garlic in a large pot until you can pierce the potatoes easily with the tip of a knife–so there is still some resistance, but the potatoes aren’t mushy.

Remove the potatoes and tomatoes to a large bowl.

Steam the green beans in the same pan you used to cook the potatoes and tomatoes. Add the cooked green beans to the bowl with the potatoes and tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve:

My husband likes a splash of balsamic vinegar or Worcestershire sauce.
I like a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.

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  1. Yumm, sounds good!

    Just wanted to let you know that I made the Market Street Grill chowder for book club last night (it was a New England Clam-bake theme) and it turned out sooo good! Thanks for the recipe. :)

  2. that looks tasty and easy. i know waht to do with my huge bag of beans i bought this week. do you eat this as a side or as a meal?

  3. oooo! At first glance I thought the beans were with yellow squash. I don’t LOVE potatoes, so maybe I’ll substitute.? Love summer time veggies.

  4. Thanks for another fabulous recipe! And thanks even more for adding Your Heart Out’s button to your blog. So happy to see it!

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