Butter beans also known as Lima beans are nutritionally rich and have countless health benefits. If included in the routine diet, these beans provide healthy cholesterol lowering fiber and regulate the blood sugar levels.
Also rich in many vitamins and minerals, butter beans are very good for aiding the body in its natural detoxification process. Butterbeans should always be soaked for at least 5 to 6 hours before cooking, preferably overnight, (Unless you use the tinned variety)
The beans should never be consumed raw and cooked very thoroughly because in raw form a cyanide compound is present in the beans which is only destroyed by thorough cooking.
Butter beans can be cooked in a variety of ways and you can find tons of butter bean recipes online. You can even find cooking videos on the internet and that makes trying out a new dish even easier, especially if it is a difficult one.
You will find butter bean recipes that have a lot of ingredients and require a lot of effort and time to prepare. If you have a busy schedule it might be difficult for you to try out those recipes.
Here are a couple of easy butter bean recipes that you can try; easy to make and delicious. For the first one of these butter bean recipes you will need
One small onion finely chopped
One cup chicken broth
12 ounce butter Beans
4 table spoons butter
Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste
Add half of the butter and onions in the pan and stir fry. Add the chicken broth, bring to boil and then add the beans and let it simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper. Do not drain, serve in a dish and add the remaining butter on top.
In the butter bean recipes you will find many salad recipes. You can toss a delicious butter bean salad and it will only take you a few minutes. Mexican Butter bean salad is a very good butter bean salad. To make this salad you need;
2 Cans of butter beans (pre-cooked and ready to use)
1 Can of Kernel Corn
1 Cucumber diced
1 Cup red onion diced
1 Cup Cilantro (coriander leaves) leaves chopped (You can use Parsley instead)
Ground Pepper, and Cumin ½ teaspoon each
1/3 cup olive oil
Juice of 2 Limes
½ tea spoon minced garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste
Mix all of the ingredients in a large salad bowl. Mix well and refrigerate before serving.
Butter Beans – a truly Healthy food.