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Maria’s Recipes: Tomatoey Green Beans

*Green beans x 250 grams (topped and tailed, cut in half)

*Brown onion x ½, grated

*Garlic clove x 1, minced

*Very ripe tomatoes x 2, chopped into small pieces

*Parsley stems, finely chopped x 1 tablespoon

*Parsley leaves, finely chopped x 1 to 2 tablespoon’s (to personal taste)

*Soy sauce x 1 teaspoon

*Chicken stock powder x 1/3 of a teaspoon

*Sugar x 1 teaspoon

*Water x ½ cup

*A little oil for frying

*Salt and pepper

-In a medium sized saucepan heat a little oil and fry grated onion and a pinch of salt for a minute or two.

-Add minced garlic and parsley stems, fry for another minute.

-Add chopped tomatoes, green beans, chicken stock powder and water, stir and cover saucepan with lid.

-Bring beans to a simmering bubble and cook for 10 minutes, until beans are slightly soft (not mushy).

-Add soy sauce and sugar, stir, then leave lid off and cook a bit more until sauce has thickened a little.  Season with a little pepper and some salt, only if needed.

-Serve warm as a side dish with meat or have it on its own as a light lunch.

-Optional, add a few drops of vinegar at the table for some acidity – balsamic or white wine vinegar, just a very small amount.

Serves 2 as a side dish