As you might be aware we have been planting a ton of green beans here – some might even say too many. But that can only be a good thing right? It means we can have beans nearly everyday, which everyone here is happy with. We won’t mention the 1 person here who hates green beans…. yet loves peas, it just doesn’t make sense to me.
Having a veggie garden can sort of dictate what you eat. I have started going to pick vegetables BEFORE I decide what to make, the other way round was getting slightly frustrating! This morning I knew we had beans but the surprise was lots of these sweet yellow peppers that needed picking. We haven’t had a lot of luck with peppers so these long yellow ones are a win for us! The big bell peppers we have had in the past seem small and a bit sad compared to the ones in the shops so I am happy to have found these.
This is based on a Filipino dish – Guisado green beans, which is just stir-fried beans usually with meat, but the vegetarian versions I had while there, usually with tofu or crumbled seitan in them were so good! This is a dish we have often, it’s easy to prepare and makes a nice filling meal and of course like nearly every Filipino dish serve with steamed rice.
- 2 Tbs oil
- 300 grams crumbled tofu
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 minced green chillies - optional
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 4 sweet peppers
- 4 medium tomatoes
- 3 tbs soy sauce, add more or less to taste
- 500 grams sliced green beans
- Heat the oil in a wok or frypan, non-stick works best for the tofu. Add the tofu and stir every so often until it is all crispy and golden.
- Add onion, chillies, pepper and sweet peppers and fry until the onion is soft and starting to brown.
- Add the tomatoes and soy sauce and cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes break down and become soft. Add the sliced green beans and keep cooking until the beans are tender.
- Serve with hot rice and a squeeze of lemon.
Note: To keep the bright green of the beans I blanch them before adding to the tofu mixture. Totally unnecessary – but sometimes you gotta do it… especially when taking a photo