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Fasolakia Giaxni: A Traditional Greek Beans Recipe

Fasolakia giaxni (or yahni), also known as fasolakia ladera, is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes. I enjoy this traditional Greek beans in tomato sauce recipe both in winter and summer. I usually use fresh green beans, but when this vegetable is out of season I prefer the frozen ones. Fasolakia giaxni is not just a mouthwatering Greek food dish! It is also quite healthy as green beans are very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Full of fiber, fasolakia are also a good source of protein and a lot of vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin A and minerals like calcium, iron, and magnesium. They are also low in calories as one cup of green beans equals only to 34.1 calories!

This authentic fasolakia yahni recipe is for 5 persons. It takes 45 minutes to prepare and 50 minutes to cook (cooking time depends on how tender the green beans are).

Fasolakia Giaxni

Fasolakia Giaxni – Ingredients

  • 1 kg of fresh green beans
  • 4-5 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2-3 potatoes (optional)
  • 1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teacup of Greek olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Fasolakia Giaxni – Instructions

  1. Start this fasolakia giaxni recipe by cutting the green beans on both sides and washing them well under cold water. Once you do that, drain them in a colander and set aside.
  2. Clean, peel and cut the potatoes into small pieces (optional).
  3. Take a pot, add some olive oil and saute the onions until they become tender.
  4. Add the onion and stir for another one minute.
  5. Add the finely chopped tomatoes, some water, and the remaining olive oil. Bring to boil and add the green beans and the potatoes (optional).
  6. Add salt and pepper and simmer for around 45 to 50 minutes until green beans become tender.
  7. Ten minutes before you remove a pot from oven, add the parsley and stir.
  8. Serve.

Fasolakia giaxni are delicious either hot or cold. I almost forgot! This dish is ideal if you are a vegetarian! Enjoy!

Source: http://nutritiondata.self.com

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