Green Beans, Herbs and Tomatoes

Garden Fresh Taste,
a Perfect Side Dish for Fall and Winter

I just love green beans and when I see a bin of them at the market, all nice and fresh, I want to buy the whole shebang, not that the bin is that large mind you, but more than I could possibly cook at one time.

Now, for those of you who do not know or are curious like myself, having heard the expression all my life, I thought it implied to something of quantity.  Turns out the first mention of shebang in American print comes from Walt Whitman back in 1862 referring to a dwelling or rustic hut. Later Mark Twain used shebang to size up an automobile in 1872. Many say the term comes from the French char-à-bancs - carriage with benches. So now you have it, at least what I could find on the matter. Somewhat confusing...

As for these green beans, nothing fuzzy here as the taste is remarkably garden fresh even using dried herbs as I have done so many times. Turn fall and winter green beans into a summer tasting side dish. Enjoy!

Green Beans, Herbs and Tomatoes
about 8 servings

2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh basil or 1/4 teaspoon crushed dried
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon crushed dried
1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
Dash of red wine vinegar if desired

Wash the green beans and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces.

Add tomatoes, herbs, salt and pepper to bowl, stir and set aside.

Steam the green beans over boiling water until crisp-tender or cook in boiling water about 15 minutes. Drain well.

In a skillet, saute bell pepper and onion in the olive oil until tender. Add green beans and tomato mixture. Splash with just a little red wine vinegar if desired. Toss to heat thoroughly. Serve warm.

Note: I have used frozen whole green beans in winter months when the fresh ones are slim pickings... just be sure not to cook them long at all.


  1. Absolutely perfect just the way we love it... this is a great recipe!

  2. I'll have to show this to Bev - she loves green beans and tomatoes.


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