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Lima Bean Mash

16 Feb

 

Lima Beans are one of those things that some people love and some people hate.  My family is one that is divided.  Three out of five like them.  My oldest daughter hated lima beans so much so that as a child she would pick them out of the mixed veggies and toss them under the table!!  That was a lot of years ago, but she still does not like them–it is one of the few things that she simply will not eat unless pressed to do so.  I thought this recipe would change her mind but it did not.

If you like lima beans then you will love this recipe.  If you don’t, then it will probably not be on your wish list for a special meal.  If you are indifferent, then please give this recipe a try because it has a lot of potential.

You start with a bag of frozen lima beans and cook them until tender.  In a food processor put in 1/2 of a sweet onion and grind it up.  Then add in the drained lima beans, a drizzle of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, a clove of crushed garlic and grind it all together.  This makes a good cold veggie dip or a hot side dish to a meal.  It is good just like this but there is so much more you can do with this basic recipe.

Consider trying adding various spices for different flavors.  Today I added dill weed and yogurt.  But on another day I might add one of the following…

…chopped up jalapenoes; blend in avocado; use curry powder and lime in place of the lemon;  diced tomatoes for color; or you could follow a traditional hummus recipe replacing the chickpeas with limas.  Even a small drizzle of honey is a good addition.  For something totally different you could take the water that the beans were cooked in and dissolve a packet of gelatine in it to make a lima bean aspic that could be sliced and served with cold salad.

I am hopeful that this quick and easy idea will be something that you might enjoy.

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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Lima Beans

 

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