Ok, so I'm posting a midweek meal on a Friday, bu it's been quite a busy week with school and the like and I wasn't able to post photos until today... sure, I could've posted the recipe on Wednesday, but without photos, lima beans are boring in most people's opinions (though I hope you will be forever changed on that after this) and just imagine what they'd be like without the pictures? I would be a food blog pariah overnight!
After all that bashing of poor Mr. Lima, I think I should be fair to him and tell you there's more to him then smelly, shrivel-y/mush side dish afterthoughts. The words LIMA BEANS make children collectively shudder and dive under kitchen tables around the globe, I have no doubt. But the Lima has a bad rep for what really is a pretty amazing little legume: healthy, easy to cook and most importantly quite tasty when properly handled. Problem is I don't think most people know what to do with them.
Kind of like Christopher Walken. Amazing actor, right? I know if I were a Hollywood director, I would be looking at him and thinking "Wow, this dude is freakin' amazing... but how the heck do I cast him?" He can't play a down and out single father or run around the screen with a gun searching for the kidnapped Declaration of Independence, now can he? His lines would take 5x as long to say, for one thing.
Just like Mr Walken, the lima bean can't just be thrown into a dish willy-nilly and without taking into consideration its special set of talents. For one, limas have a very nice rich/butter flavor and texture if they're not overcooked. This recipe takes the lowly lima and puts him in the role he deserves: as a healthy, tasty and even elegant spread that makes a great midweek guilt-free snack!
Oh, and limas are full of fiber, magnesium and iron. They're said to reduce cholesterol and even have a property that is supposed to "detoxify" bad sulfite preservitives (like in red wine). The recipe also has garlic, yogurt and olive oil for added health points!
Recipe: Lima Bean Spread with Olives and Yogurt
What you need to get...
1 pound fresh or frozen lima beans (if fresh, blanch first in boiling water for 5 minutes)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dry Greek herb mix (dill, oregano, mint, rosemary)
1/4 cup plain yogurt (thick or Greek-style preferred)
10 pitted kalamata olives
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt to taste (won't need much)
What to do with it all...
- In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil on medium and add lima beans and herbs.
- Saute until soft and very little color (about 5 mins)
- Add garlic and remove from heat - allow to cool slightly (don't let the garlic cook much, or it will get bitter)
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer lima bean mixture to a food processor (leaving the olive oil to add back later)
- Add olive and blend - pouring olive oil in a steady stream to incorporate - until mixture is spreadable but still a little chunky
- Fold in yogurt and serve with whole wheat bread or pita, crudites, or heck, toss with pasta or layer in a veggie lasagna!