Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Green beans in tomato sauce with pork chuck

Green beans. Mhm. They're my favourite. The first time I attended a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, I had a green beans casserole. Heavy. Delicious, but really, really heavy. Obviously, I needed to find a way to recreate a million different kinds of green beans dishes that were lighter and equally delicious. And the result is... 

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Deliciousness! Okay, so it's not quite the green bean casserole I imagined when I started off creating this recipe, but it was seriously easy, seriously delicious, and instantly devoured. As in- photo quality was seriously not even a concern because hungry folks were demanding food. 

And buy hungry folks, I mean whining toddler. And whining husband. One's taller. 

Now, here's the thing with this dish, it does take a while to cook. Don't get scared! It's definitely in my typical style of one pot (less dishes), dumping, and getting on with life. Easy is the way to go for me lately, especially with the million and one extra activities we have going on right now. 

Bonus thing we have going on: a likely visit from my grandparents in a few weeks! You guys don't even understand! My graaaaaandma is coming. As in food is coming. In glorious, way too huge to ever be devoured portions. Cake. Borsch. Beef stroganoff. Homemade jams. Homemade eevverything ever. Best homemade everything ever. Just sayin'. 

Okay, okay, I'm calming down, but rest assured, there is so much more food that will be headed your way. I'm not promising that it will be paleo or healthy because I just want my childhood dishes, but it will be delicious! 

For today, here is a really healthy and easy green beans in tomato sauce recipe! 

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Green beans in tomato sauce


90 minutes (75 minutes cook time, 15 minutes prep time)


3-4 adult portions

Easy healthy recipes: green beans in tomato sauce {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes 


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3/4 kilo (about 1.5 pounds) pork chuck
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 cups water (about half a liter) 
  • 1.5 cups chopped tomatoes 
  • 1 tablespoon flour (almond flour for paleo, alternatively corn starch works well) 
  • 6 cups of green beans 
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes 


  • Cut the pork into small chunks 
  • Heat Dutch oven or pan with high sides with coconut oil 
  • Add pork, onions, salt and pepper 
  • Pan fry for 10 minutes on high heat until the meat gains a slightly golden colour. Make sure to stir frequently
  • Add the garlic, bay leaves, water, and tomatoes (be careful, if the heat is high and you're adding water, it will splash. You may want to remove the pan from heat temporarily to do this step). 
  • Bring to a boil
  • Simmer for 45-55 minutes or until the meat is very soft and starting to fall apart
  • Add the green beans, flour, rosemary and chili flakes 
  • Bring to a boil
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the green beans are soft enough for your taste. (We like them with a little crunch!) 

Psssst! Vegetarian friends: if you just want the beans in tomato sauce, skip the meat. Don't cook it for as long. Start with pan frying the onions, then follow all of the remaining steps. Except instead of simmering for 45 minutes, simmer for 20 minutes so the tomatoes cook down! 

The dish will still be filled with flavour, but it won't be a full meal like it was for us! 

Easy healthy recipes: green beans in tomato sauce {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes

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