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Saturday, October 04, 2008

What to do with LIMA BEANS?!

Madeleine's favorite food is lima beans. Seriously.
When I make chicken noodle soup, if the mixed veggies have them, I graciously pick them out so she can have my share. Such is the sacrifice of motherhood. Once when she hadn't realized the soup had them, it was like Christmas come early. "Mom, this soup has lima beans in it!"

I've told you my kids are weird.

Anyway. What can I do with them to serve them as a side dish? I have a package of frozen beans, but eating them straight is... more than I can bear. They just don't sound good with cheese. I'm taking suggestions for how to make my little girl happy without horrifying myself.

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At 7:14 AM, Blogger DP said...

Beer-battered and deep-fried!

At 6:40 PM, Blogger Kasia said...

No, I don't think cheese would help much. What tends to put people off of lima beans is how dry and starchy they are. (FWIW, my sister loved lima beans as a kid too. Your kids aren't alone in their weirdnesses.)

I'm thinking you want to go with some kind of a sauce or gravy, or a moist co-vegetable, to moisten them up. Lima beans in a tomato sauce might be nice, for instance. Take a look here for ideas?

You might like the Greek lima bean recipe (Gigantes)...

At 8:27 PM, Blogger Zach said...

As a side, steamed, with a generous helping of butter on top? I'm pretty sure that's how they ended up on my plate as a kid.

My brother-in-law loves limas, so my sister has to cook them. I'm pretty sure there are a number of casserole recipes using limas ... Mennonites can make casseroles with anything. :)


At 8:23 PM, Blogger Peanut Butter Kisses said...

I'm sorry I have no suggestion for you but I felt compelled to respond. I have never heard of a child liking those..those...I lack a descriptive word...Lima Beans. I think if she likes them a little butter along with salt and pepper would do but that thought alone gives me the gross-me-out's. As you can see, they are not on my top ten.

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Amy said...

I mix lima beans with frozen corn. That's the best I can think of. But then, like Madeleine, I love lima beans.

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Kasia--that site with the recipes is going to be very useful. I think it's "easy lima beans" that involves chicken broth and onions, and that sounds almost appealing.

Zach--I may try a three-bean casserole one of these days.

Heather--The word you want is "nasty." Pronounced with a long A to emphasize it.

Amy--You have my sympathies. :)

And beloved, have at it. I'll even clean the counter before, to give you enough space. You'll be doing it afterward, though.

At 8:22 PM, Blogger THE MOM WITH BROWNIES said...

Oh My Goodness! LOL I'm having a blast from the past and present at the same time! Okay here we go...

Lima Beans in Kentucky (or anywhere in the south) are called "Butter Beans" I ate them growing up and just recently found the southern recipe and began making them for our family. (3 of us like them)

1 pd Beans
3/4 Cup ham or bacon or butter
1/4 cup onion
8 cups water
Carrots optional

Prepare beans using instructions on bag then simmer the beans for about an hour our until they are almost tender. Add the salt, pepper and butter (or ham or bacon). Simmer the beans for another half hour or so, cooking until they are tender, but not mushy and the broth is somewhat thickened. It's really good over Hoe Cakes or with roasted chicken.

For Hoe Cakes you can use the cheap Jiffy Corn Muffin mix (yummy) OR

Hoe Cakes

2 cups corn meal
1 tsp salt
2 cups boiling water
oil for frying

Combine corn meal and salt. When water boils, measure it in a measuring cup, pour the boiling water over the cornmeal and stir it up. The cornmeal will swell, absorbing the water and make a thick mash. Heat some oil, fry up some small patties and flip like pancakes.

Oh my goodness! Yum!

I have to thank my love of the hillbilly housewife for my finding old southern, cheap and yummy favorites.

Hope you like them! :o)


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