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Loubye Bzeit

Lebanese Loubié bi zeit
  • Prep Time
    30 mins
  • Cook Time
    40 mins
  • Serving
    4
A Classic Lebanese Vegetarian dish, Loubye Bzeit is a family favorite appetizer in all Lebanese homes. Fresh green beans are sautéed with onions and tomatoes and simmered until tender and delicious.
Lebanese Loubié bi zeit

There are so many delectable, healthy, vegetarian Lebanese dishes and Loubye Bzeit is no exception. In Arabic, this dish translates to “Green beans in oil,” which is exactly that this contains, specifically olive oil. Fresh green beans are sautéed with fragrant onions and garlic and tomatoes until soft and tender. This vegan dish requires only a handful of ingredients, and is so simple to make.

Ingredients

The most commonly used green bean used in Loubye bzeit is Italian green beans, also known as flat or Roma green beans. However, these are not always found easily or available year-round. A wonderful alternative, is string green beans. If you are not able to able to find good, fresh green beans, frozen is your next best option. Frozen vegetables are usually frozen at their best so, they will remain a bright green and taste delicious when cooked.

Roma Green Beans

Loubye bzeit is very easy to make. The green beans are cut into bite size pieces and sautéed with tomatoes, onions, and garlic in olive oil. The way I learned to make it from my mother, is to use canned diced tomatoes. The juices from the can and additional water added help make the beans so tender. However, many people like to use freshly chopped tomatoes instead, so feel free to use that instead. I have also included in my recipe a tablespoon of tomato paste. The tomato paste helps develop that deeper tomato and garlic flavor that really makes this dish delectable. All these wonderful flavors are simmered together over a low heat for about 30 minutes.

How it’s Eaten

Most often, Loubye Bzeit is served as an appetizer or “Mezze” along with hummus, kibbe, and fatayer, just to name a few. It can absolutely be served as a main dish along with pita bread, and fresh vegetables such as white onions or scallions, radishes, and olives. Loubye bzeit can be served at room temperature, or my favorite way, straight out of the refrigerator, cold. This is an ideal dish to make ahead of time as it not only keeps for up to a week in the refrigerator, but actually tastes better the next day.

STEP 1

Prepare the green beans by trimming the ends.
Cut each string of green bean into 2-4 bite-sized pieces depending on its size.
Wash and set aside.

Lebanese Loubié bi zeit

STEP 2

Finely chop the onion and crush the garlic.

STEP 3

Set a pot over medium heat.
Add the olive oil, chopped onion and crushed garlic.
Sauté for 5 minutes until translucent.

Lebanese Loubié bi zeit

STEP 4

Add the green beans and sauté for an additional 10 minutes until the green beans begin to wilt.
Season with salt and pepper.

STEP 5

Add the can of diced tomatoes over the green beans.
Add water to the can and pour over green beans along with the tomato paste.

STEP 6

Let simmer over medium-low heat for 25-30 minutes.
Serve at room temperature with pita bread.

Lebanese Loubié bi zeit

Loubye Bzeit

A Classic Lebanese Vegetarian dish, Loubye Bzeit is a family favorite appetizer in all Lebanese homes. Fresh green beans are sautéed with onions and tomatoes and simmered until tender and delicious.
4.62 from 26 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Lebanese
Keyword: Braised Green Beans, Loubieh Bzeit, Loubye Bzeit
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Iman

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Green Beans
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 6 Cloves of Garlic
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • 14.5 oz Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 tb. Tomato Paste
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Prepare the green beans by trimming the ends. Cut each string of green bean into 2-4 bite-sized pieces depending on its size. Wash and set aside.
  • Finely chop the onion and crush the garlic. 
  • Set a pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, chopped onion and crushed garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes until translucent. 
  • Add the green beans and sauté for an additional 10 minutes until the green beans begin to wilt. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the can of diced tomatoes over the green beans. Add water to the can and pour over green beans along with the tomato paste. 
  • Let simmer over medium-low heat for 25-30 minutes. 
  • Serve at room temperature with pita bread. 

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 327mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1750IU | Vitamin C: 60.2mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 3.2mg

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    • Rae

      It looks good! I want to save it, but your Pinterest button doesn’t work 🙁 The error says “this site doesn’t allow you to save Pins.” Is that something you can fix?

      • Iman

        I just tried it and it worked! Do you have a pop-up blocker? Try it again and let me know.

        • Rae

          So weird…the error is coming from Pinterest itself: “Sorry! This site doesn’t allow you to save Pins.” I can do it manually (save image, upload image, add URL) but I wasn’t sure if you didn’t want your stuff pinned. I’m glad to know you’re good with it. I do have various content blockers installed, so I suppose it’s possible one of them is making Pinterest cry.

    • Raafat

      5 stars
      Simply Excellent!

      • Iman

        Thank you!

    • Ena Assad

      5 stars
      Very appetizing dish. Thank you.

      • Iman

        Very easy and delish!

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