Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lima Beans are Good for your Heart

For years I've said I despise lima beans; they're always so dry and tasteless. Since I'm a person willing to try just about any new food or recipe, when I saw fresh speckled lima beans at the farmer's market this past Saturday I decided to take a risk on them. Lima beans are often called butter beans, I think because everyone assumes lima beans are terrible and butter beans sounds so much better.

To enhance their flavor I smoked two turkey thighs with hickory chips (in my Anuka smoker, so thankful I found this one at an estate sale in Florida). After smoking I cut the meat off the bone and into small pieces. I sauteed half an onion till translucent and added the smoked turkey meat to cook the rest of the way. Then I added the fresh lima beans and two cups of water and two tablespoons of butter. I added fresh thyme and oregano from my garden, and a pinch of cloves and dash of paprika, two tablespoons of brown sugar, a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar and worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. I cooked the beans for about an hour.

The cooked lima beans turned a silky brown color and were delicious. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the finished beans because we were too busy eating them. Ha. If they have lima beans again this coming Saturday I'll get them again. I am sure fresh lima beans make all the difference in their taste. I read lima beans are good to lower cholesterol, good for the heart and good for diabetics. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

11 comments:

  1. Linda, I love lima beans... always have... both the baby limas and the giant ones. I'm sure your lima recipe was delicious. I think mama used to put bacon in hers.

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    1. Hi Rian, thanks, you might know that everyone would say they love limas. ha.

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  2. Love, love, love lima beans!

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    1. Hi Joanne, thanks, guess I've been missing out all these years. ha.

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    1. Hi Sue, thanks, another lover of limas. ha.

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  4. I've always loved lima beans...ever since I was a kid. :)

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    1. Hi Lee, thanks, I think I had canned limas maybe that's why I didn't like them as a kid.

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  5. Yummy and very creative. Laura says "what time's dinner!" :-)

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    1. Hi Peter, thanks you are both welcome any time, always have a pot of something on the stove here and enough to feed many, yesterday gave my neighbor a whole extra pot of squash soup which tasted like pumpkin pie.

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  6. you make them sound very tasty...

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