Green Fava Beans


I make this dish a lot during the summer, when I can find fresh fava beans. I love how the garlic, cilantro, and lemon give the beans a huge flavor kick and make this dish irresistible.

Nutritional info
per serving

Calories 293
Fat 8g
Saturated fat 1g
Carbohydrates 41g
Sodium 400mg
Fiber 16g
Protein 17g
Cholesterol 0mg

Green Fava Beans

6 cups
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  • 3 TB. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 8 cups fresh green fava beans (2 lb.)
  • 3 TB. minced garlic
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 large lemon, cut in [1/2]


In a large, deep, skillet over medium heat, heat extra-virgin olive oil. Add yellow onion and [1/2] teaspoon salt, and saute for 5 minutes.

Wash and dry fava beans. Cut off stems, pull down to remove stringy veins, and repeat on other side. Chop bean pod into [1/2]-inch pieces.

Add fava beans to onions, and toss. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.

Add remaining [1/2] teaspoon salt, garlic, and cilantro, and toss to combine. Cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

Spoon beans onto a plate, and squeeze [1/2] of lemon over beans.

Serve with remaining lemon half on the side.

Healthy Hint
This protein- and fiber-rich dish goes great with brown rice and can become an entire meal on its own.

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