I definitely understand why the Mediterranean Diet fad is so popular. Middle Eastern food is so damn good and healthy. Seriously.
Most dishes consist of lots of garlic and onions, tomatoes and olive oil, and of course lots of healthy vegetables. The limited ingredients means that the flavours are simple and delicious.
Traditionally, Loobiya can be prepared one of two ways in Middle Eastern cuisine… with meat or without. When prepared with meat, the tomato sauce is very thick, creating a stew like consistency. This Loobiya is often served with rice and heap of Laban. I make it at least twice a month. Easy and healthy, it’s a favourite in my house.
The other way to serve Loobiya is with a tomato and olive oil sauce. Make sure to include plenty of garlic and sliced onions (I prefer it with red onions, but you could also use white onions), fresh tomatoes that smell like your garden and of course only the highest quality olive oil.
Eat it cold, warm or hot! Loobiya is a great potluck dish!
- 1 cup Olive Oil
- 1/2 Red Onion, sliced
- 1 pound Italian Beans or Broad Beans, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
- 2 large ripe Tomatoes, diced
- 3 Garlic Cloves, sliced
- Salt, to taste
- Heat oil and add onions. Sauté until softened 4-5 minutes. Stir in garlic and sauté 1 minute.
- Add in tomatoes and green beans. Season with salt to taste.
- Allow tomatoes to breakdown and beans to soften on medium high heat. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and let simmer 20-30 minutes.