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Childhood Fave: French Green Beans, Fennel and Tomato Stew – Fassoulia

Growing up, I was a very picky… I mean a VERY picky eater.  Looking back, I feel like I made my mom struggle so much to make sure I get proper nutrition in me.  However, I do remember loving her green been stew, also known as Fassoulia.  My favorite part of the dish was the tomato juice that it was cooked in.  I loved dipping my bread in the yummy tomato broth and getting to just eat full on bread alone.  I feel like my kids have picked up on some of my bad habits but somehow feel proud of them.

This dish is definitely one of my childhood favorites and love to make it for my family.  Luckily, my two girls and husband love it too.

Over the many times I have prepped this dish, I am pretty happy to how I have made the recipe fit to my own style.  Although, the original recipe is as tasty, I just love to incorporate the addition of fennel into the dish.  Also pre-boiling the beans seem to help with the cooking time and flavor.

There are lots of benefits to making this dish besides the fact that my family loves it.  Anabelle and Ariana love to form an assembly line and help me with prepping the string beans and cleaning the garlic.  Then the rest is pretty simple and the results take me back to my childhood.  Here are the rest of the great features of this dish:

– Vegetarian/Vegan

– Healthy

– Kid Friendly

– Budget Friendly

– Can be made in advance and it tastes even better the next day

– Easy and Quick ( if you exclude cooking time)

– High Fiber/Low Carb

– Great flavor

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  • http://www.wheelsandlollipops.com/ Wheels and Lollipops

    This looks like a dish my roomate from college used to make, she used to eat it with rice and made it every Tuesday night. Both my kids love string beans but its always nice to serve it differently, will give this a try. You give me comfort, my 4yr old is a picky eater and though it drives me crazy I yearn for the day that he will start to taste different foods.

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Believe me I was a picky eater until my mom sent me off to college. But I grew up around healthy food so I actually was more reverse… I would not want to eat anything but veggies and fruits. pretty weird… 🙂

  • http://www.jasonsbbqadventures.com Jason’s BBQ Adventures

    Great looking stew! Very unique.

  • Suchitra Vaidyaram

    Really good- Sumptuous…

  • http://easy-appetizers.com BusyMOM @ Easy Appetizers

    Oooh. This is my kind of food. I can’t wait to try this. Maybe I’ll get my son to eat it too. Looks delicious.

  • Torviewtoronto

    looks delicious

  • http://www.mission-food.com Victoria

    My parents make a version of this dish too, but these don’t use French green beans, but another kind, can’t remember what kind off the top of my head.

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    My parents make them with I believe was beans. Believe me if my mom sees me using other beans she disapproves. If she sees my post she will say “This is not Fassoulia” lol But I just couldn’t resist these cute string beans.

  • Baking Serendipity

    That’s a serious good list of advantages. Cooking with your girls sounds like fun!

  • http://livlifetoo.blogspot.com/ Kim – Liv LIfe

    Love this dish! Feeding picky kids is always a struggle… we will give this a shot!

  • http://twitter.com/SpicyPerspectiv Sommer Collier

    What a wondrously earthy stew! Looks amazing!

  • http://www.fussfreecooking.com Emily

    It’s easy to be picky as a child when mum did all the heavy-lifting (cooking). I used to be a picky eater too but since I have started to prepare my own food, I’m up for anything easy to make. 😛

    I like your addition of fennel to the stew…very different and refreshing! 🙂

  • http://chefwanabe.com Anna

    Yummmmm, that looks delicious. My mom used to make green beans just like that, feel very home sick now. LOL

  • http://mymotherstable.wordpress.com Dnepling

    My mom made one similiar to this. I make it now for my family. Yours looks really good.

  • http://foodandstyle.wordpress.com/ Viviane

    This is a wonderful dish… No wonder you as a child, and now your girls love it!



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