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Loubieh Bi zeit– is a hearty, savory Lebanese vegan green Bean stew made with Italian green beans, onion, garlic, & tomatoes, all braised in a flavorful tomato sauce. Loubieh is the simplest, most delicious green bean stew and the best way to eat green beans. Enjoy it with a slice of pita bread to soak up all the juices!
Loubieh- Loubie Bzeit
Loubieh, also known as (Loubieh bi zeit, loubyeh bzeit, Loubia, lubya or loubya) is a traditional Lebanese green bean stew that is healthy, vegan and gluten free. “Loubieh Bi zeit” in English translates to “green beans in oil”. If you’re looking for the non-meatless version of this recipe, you’ll find it here: Lebanese Green Bean Stew.
Loubieh is a very popular summer dish in Lebanon when green beans are in abundance but to be honest, in my family we like to have it all year round, especially that it’ll taste just as goof with frozen green beans.
Ingredients to Make Loubieh:
(Full recipe with exact measurements at the end if this post)
Green beans- Italian green beans also known as flat or Roma green beans, are typically used in Loubieh recipe. However, these are not always found easily in the US. A great alternative, is string green beans. Both frozen or fresh work just fine! Frozen green beans come already cut into bite size pieces, but if you use fresh green beans, you will need to trim off the stalk tip and then snap (or cut) the beans into bite-sized pieces. I usually snap each green bean into 2-3 pieces.
Tomato- Diced. Use fresh tomato for best results.
Tomato Paste- Thinned with warm water, or a small can of tomato sauce as an alternative.
Onion- Cut into wedges
Garlic- Cut some into small slices, and leave a couple whole cloves, for extra flavor.
Olive oil: Extra virgin
How to Make Loubieh- Loubie Bzeit:
- In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat and sauté onion and salt until soft but not browned (about 7-10 minutes), stirring frequently.
- Add garlic, mix and cook for additional 2 minutes.
- Stir in green beans, add 1/2 cup of water, cover the pot and sauté for 20 minutes.
- Add diced tomatoes and tomato paste (thinned in half a cup of warm water)- stir well, cover the pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes stirring occasionally until beans are fully cooked.
- Remove from heat and set aside to cool down.
- Serve with pita bread, hot or cold- It tastes even better the next day too!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What to Serve Lebanese Loubieh:
Well, I am glad you asked! 😉 These Lebanese green beans go delicious with lots of other Lebanese dishes! Here are a few options: Kafta Kabob, Chicken Tawook, Lebanese Chicken and Rice, and Kibbeh Bil Sanieh-Baked Kibbeh.
What type of green beans can I use for the green beans stew?
Traditionally, Lebanese loubieh is made with Italian green beans, but you could also use string green beans or runner beans, fresh or frozen. If you decide to use fresh green beans, make sure you trim both ends of each bean and remove any tough strings from the sides using a peeler or your hands as you snap them in half.
How to Store Lebanese Loubieh Bi zeit?
Green bean stew can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve it cold or warm for a few minutes in microwave before serving.
Looking for more Lebanese Vegan Dishes?
This easily made Vegan Green Bean Stew- Loubieh Bi Zeit is a great meat-free meal that is perfect for busy nights. It is a one-pot complete meal that you can have on the table in less than 60 minutes.