Feb 14, 2011

lima bean bake (January 24)

Meatless Monday

I chose to make Lima Bean Bake for tonight's meatless Monday meal because it is easy to make and so rewarding.

You can use either dry large Lima beans (which need to soak first - no short cuts here) or canned Lima beans or butter beans. I few minutes on the stove and then into the oven for a few hours rewards you with an exceptional meal. I have taken this dish to many a potluck and never came home with a single bean. No culinary expertise is needed. Only the two hours to bake it.

To accompany the rich, buttery beans, some garlicky greens are ideal. Today I made a Swiss Chard dish. I had fought to make chard tasty for so long, but either the chard I received from my CSA has mellowed out, or I have figured out a way to cut the earthiness-taste down to size.

I have decide that chard needs something else cooked with it. Even adding the stems of the chard makes some difference. In  this case, I also added cauliflower. Just a simple pan searing with garlic is all that it needs as long as the cauliflower has been steamed. If not, just steam it after charring it a bit, but be careful to not burn the garlic. In fact, use large chunks of garlic to flavor the oil and then remove it.

Cost Breakdown

Lima beans: $4
tomato, carrot, onion: $2
spices, garlic: $.50
chard, cauliflower: $4
Total to make 5 servings:


  1. I made this tonight, and it was soooo good. Thanks for posting the recipe.

  2. Thanks, Josh! We love this and I am very glad that you tried it and liked it. It is so simple that it can be so overlooked. This is an excellent example of simplicity at its best.

  3. Way to make lima beans look appealing!!

  4. I love lima beans! I also misread this as "Lima Bean CAKE" which intrigued me, but this bake looks way better than what I envisioned. Looks like a healthy and tasty dinner!

  5. I have bad childhood memories with lima beans, but my son loves them! I wonder if he'll eat kale....

  6. You've made me want to give lima beans another shot! I've haven't had them in years, and then they were soaked in butter with corn. This looks delicious, I am going to try it.

    1. Thanks, Alex! Yes, give these a try... they are nothing like the sad experience you've had before.


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