We ate this at my in-laws house over Christmas and I loved it. If you were to step in my mother-in-law's (Cherie) kitchen, she would be the first to boast of her ineptitude in the kitchen. However, I think she's much harder on herself than anything. So I'm here to boast of her dish and give it special spot on my recipe wall of Fame. It's simple, quick, tasty, you can forgo the small pan to toast the nuts and make it in one pot. Plus, it has cumin, fits our eating plan & did I mention tasty? Try it.
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Spicy Coconut Green Bean & Sausage One Pot Wonder (printable recipe)
My sweet mother-in-law made this for us while we were visiting during Christmas. I made a couple changes...mainly increasing the amount of cumin, because lime/cumin/pepper flakes are divine.
1Tb olive oil or coconut oil
2 Tb blanched slivered almonds
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tb + 1 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp cumin seed
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp paprika
1/2 - 1 tsp red chili pepper
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1 lb sausage (pastured-raised)
1 can coconut milk (full fat)
1 lb of trimmed green beans, or broccoli
Juice of 1 lime (or two if you like)
Directions: In a small saucepan, heat 1 Tb olive oil or coconut oil over low-medium heat. Add slivered blanched almonds and
toast. Constantly stirring the almonds to avoid burning (it doesn't take long to toast). Transfer the almonds to a small bowl and set aside for later. In a large saucepan, add the remaining Tb of olive or coconut oil over medium heat. Add the onions, stirring until they get a bit soft. Add the garlic & stir (about 20 seconds). Add all spices, ground cumin, cumin seed, coriander, paprika, and red pepper chili flakes. Now, stir constantly for 30 seconds to 1 minute. The goal is to toast the cumin seeds and cook up the spices. It will get a bit dry and that's okay--just keep stirring.
Add the sausage & salt to the pan and thoroughly stir the onion/garlic/spice mixture into the sausage. Continue stirring occasionally until the sausage is completely cooked. Pour the coconut milk in, stir. Add trimmed green beans and stir around. Turn the heat to low and cook uncovered for 5 minutes. Cover the pan and continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes (depending on how soft you like your green beans). Squeeze fresh lime juice over it and stir. Add the toasted almonds and serve.