Remember the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? Alexander has already endured several assaults on his patience and then, to top it all off, "there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV." Lima beans are the de facto "ew" vegetable; we're convinced people refuse them solely on reputation. We happen to adore them, but we have a family member who claims they taste like soap. What about you?Get our thoughts on how to prepare them, below...
Lima beans are something we rarely see sold fresh. And we don't buy them dried, either. We prefer frozen ones, which we boil with chicken broth or water until they are very soft and have absorbed most of the liquid. These are not beans that should be served al dente, and, like most beans, they need a lot of salt.
We like ours cooked with bacon or ham, and we love mushy lima beans mixed with brown rice for a vegetarian dinner. They are very filling, comforting, and easy to make.
A few recipes we'd like to try:
- Pasta with Butternut Squash and Lima Beans, from Bon Appétit
- Greek-Style Lima Beans, from Gourmet
- Sausages with Lima Beans, from Cookstr
- Baby Lima Soup with Chipotle Broth, from 101 Cookbooks
How do you cook lima beans?
Related: Tip: How to Use Frozen Edamame
(Image: I Love Lima Beans button, $5.24 at Cafe Press)