Foul Mdammas

nut free, soy free, gluten free 1-3 Servings 10 minutes 10 minutes

Foul (pronounced “fool”) mdammas AIN’T for fools. It’s a protein-packed breakfast choice all over the Middle East, but can serve as a post-workout meal or a cheap side dish at a family gathering.

You can enjoy this recipe as is, or incorporate all kinds of veggies, like onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, even bell peppers. It's also amazing with warm pita bread, but that's optional. You do you, boo. You do you.

Let’s start with the obvious benefit - protein. It’s a legume, duh. Moving on.

Fave beans are an excellent source of dietary fiber, so this stuff gets your body movin’ and reduces blood cholesterol levels.

Want more iron in your diet? You got it. Copper? Manganese? Sure, you can have that too. What about calcium? Can I get calcium from stupid beans? Sure you can. 10% of your daily recommended intake.

This dish requires the little brown fava beans instead of those massive green ones. You can find the cans at a Middle Eastern or Asian store, but health food stores most likely carry them as well.
1. Do NOT cook the garlic before adding the beans. Instead, cook the garlic and the beans together. If you overcook the garlic, it’ll come out bitter, and bitter food makes the world a sad place.

2. Same rule applies to the lemon juice. Only squeeze lemon onto the dish after cooking it so you don’t get a bitter aftertaste.

3. Don’t be an idiot like yours truly. Cook the beans in medium heat, and START the cooking process over medium heat, NOT high heat, or your olive oil will smoke and all hell will break loose.

2 15-ounce cans of brown fava beans
1 15-ounce can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
2 small cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
few pinches of salt
pinch of cumin
juice of 1 lemon
In a medium or large saucepan, heat all ingredients except for the lemon juice over medium heat until desired temperature is reached. Stir occasionally, but don’t stir it like your life depended on it or the beans will end up looking like refried beans.
Squeeze lemon juice onto the dish and drizzle LIGHTLY with olive oil before serving.
Garnish with tomatoes, green onions, parsley, or cilantro if you want to get all fancy.