Green Bean Stew !!!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Ground beef, or ground Turkey, 1 pound (lean)

Large Onion, 1

Medium sized Russet Potatoes, 4 (optional)

French cut green beans, 3/4 pounds (fresh or frozen..not canned)

Diced tomatoes, 3-4 (fresh, or canned)

Spices: Salt, Pepper, Turmeric (if available)


Put the ground meat in a bowl big enough to work with. Peal the onion, and grate it into the meat. You can chop it very fine, if you would like, but I think it comes out better if it is grated. Add 1 teaspoon of each salt, pepper, and turmeric to the meat. Turmeric is a yellow spice, found in the grocery store spice section. Mix the meat, onions, and spices very well.

Using a large non-stick pot, brown the meat on high heat. Stir the mix regularely, to avoid burning. You do not need to add any oil or butter to this, because the meat will cook in its own oil and juices. When the meat has browned, drain all excess fat, as much as possible, especially if you used a ground beef with high fat content. Add the cut green beans, fresh or frozen. Do not use the canned beans. The dish will be ruined.

Stir in the beans for 2 minutes, but not much longer. Add a cup of water. Reduce heat, cover the pot, and bring water to boil. Then, lower heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Now, add the diced tomatoes, fresh, or canned. Using canned diced tomatoes is okay. Let simmer for additional 10 minutes. Take a little taste, and adjust salt and pepper to your liking. If too salty or peppery for you, just add 1/2 cup water, and simmer an extra 2 minutes. You can also decide how much liquid you want in your dish. This dish can be served like chili, with fresh bread. But, you can substitute steamed rice or potatoes for bread with your dish.

Optional Potato Side Dish

For the potatoes, Peel 3-4 potatoes, and cut them into little cubes, the size of sugar cubes. Wash them thoroughly, and dry the potatoes before frying. In a non-stick pan, pour enough oil (preferably, olive or canola oil) to cover 1/2 the height of the potatoes. Add salt as desired, and 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric. This will turn the potatoes to a very appetizing bright yellow color. Fry potatoes to a golden light brown on medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. Drain the oil, and serve. Enjoy!!

Nutritional facts about this dish

Carbohydrates: High (from potatoes, bread, or rice)

Fat: Moderate

Vitamins: Moderate

Cholesterol: Moderate

Calories: High

Because we used extra lean groud beef, with fat percentage no more than 15%, we have a dish that is lower in fat and cholesterol. This does not mean fat free or cholesterol free. You can reduce the fat and cholesterol further by using lean ground turkey breast instead. We recommend that you use red meat less often in your meals. This especially holds true for fast food hamburgers.