Quick and Easy Habichuela Dish!
Habichuelas, ejotes or frijoles verdes are just some of the names that this crunchy vegetable adopts depending on the country and even regions within the same country. In English we know them as green or string beans. Habichuelas are widely used in Latin America and are very versatile in the kitchen. In Central America, where history tells us they originated from, they are usually added to soups, or combined with other vegetables to make vegetable sides. One the most common ways to prepare habichuelas in countries like Honduras is to cook them together with eggs! This combination is truly delicious and has traditionally been considered a “pheasant” type of dish.
Besides how tasty these shell beans are; they are also very nutritious. Not only are they low in calories, but they also high in fiber and minerals like potassium, extremely little sodium (about 1.2 mg per cup) amount of sodium. This is great news for everyone, but specially for individuals suffering from High Blood Pressure).
So image the nutrition punch this recipe is, if we add eggs to the beans! Eggs are an excellent source of complete protein (proteins that contain all of the essential amino acids), fats, healthy cholesterol and fat-soluble vitamins. Consider making it for a “Meatless Monday.”
Here is the super healthy, delicious and easy recipe suitable for ovo-vegetarian diners! Buen Provecho!
Ingredients & Method (Yields: 4 – 5 servings)
- 1 lb fresh green beans, washed and cut
- ½ cup onion, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 Tbsp olive OR canola oil
- ½ small red bell pepper, diced
- Salt, pepper and ground cumin to taste
Blanch the green beans (immerse in slightly salted boiling water for about 1 minute and immediately place in iced water to stop the cooking process). Drain and reserve.
In a large skillet, heat the oil and soften the onions until translucent. Add garlic and red pepper. Add green beans and eggs. Season to taste.
Continue to cook until eggs are fully cooked and green beans are heated through.