Dinner French beans Lunch Summer

Spicy French beans with almonds

And finally here they are! The best in the world, French beans. They are everywhere, in groceries, markets, little shops. Soon those beans will conquer my grandma’s little garden, spread into the kitchen, on plates and at the end fill our stomachs.

For the first ten times I always eat it cooked, sauté or with fired bread crumbs. Accompanied with young potatoes, fresh fennel and green onions. Taste is just perfect! But after a week I start to think about some changes. Maybe bread crumbs are delicious, but French beans deserve something new and different.

So I grab my beloved jalapeños, fresh ginger, some Indian spices and new age begins!

BTW anyone knows why French beans are French?



3-4 servings

400g French beans,
1 tbsp olive oil
1 jalapeño peppers, *
2 cloves garlic, minced
2cm fresh ginger
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander seeds
½ tsp ground nutmeg
2 tbsp (30g) almonds
½ cup soy milk
salt to taste
cilantro or fennel to garnish 

 *you can use chillies instead of jalapeños. For spicy food lovers I recommend using 2 jalapeños



Wash and trim beans. In a medium size pot boil the beans over a medium heat for 15 minutes, until they are tender. Drain and set aside.

Peel and mince garlic and ginger. Stem and finely chop the jalapeños. Ground the almonds, until they look like flour (you can use blender or grinder)

In the nonstick saucepan heat the oil. Add jalapenos, garlic and ginger, and sauté for 3 minutes, until garlic is soft. Stir in the cumin, coriander, nutmeg, grind almonds and soy milk. Sauté and when the sauce starts to thicken, add beans. Garish with fresh cilantro, fennel or parsley.



Nutrition info:

Whole (4 servings):
761 calories
proteins: 40 g; fats: 20 g; carbohydrates: 111 g, dietary fiber: 44 g;
iron: 7,6 mg; calcium: 545 mg; zinc: 3,8 mg

1 serving:
190 calories
proteins: 10 g; fats: 5 g; carbohydrates: 28 g, dietary fiber: 10,9 g;
iron: 1,9 mg; calcium: 136 mg; zinc: 0,95 mg