Ok folks… For most of us, beans are not a luxury. But, you must rethink this untruth! Legumes and beans of every sort, are high in protein, available year-round and can be purchased and stored dried. Therefore, they are a green, protein source (no power/electricity used to store them). But more than that, you can prepare them in many extravagant ways – Truthfully. First, consider legumes. Boiled with chicken broth and onion is a perfect side dish or entree for vegetarians. Lentils come in beautiful varieties and colors dressing up your plated food. Garbanzo beans or chickpeas are fantastic for hummus (cooked chickpeas, garlic, sesame seed paste, lemon juice, and sun-dried tomato or olives food-processed to perfection). Or best of all, try Grandma Vi’s lima beans. Please open your mind- I know what you are thinking! Lima bean are not great in their just harvested form, but boil dried limas for about an hour after soaking in water overnight, drain, add cream, ketchup and brown sugar, place in the oven for about 30-45 minutes and you will have the most creamy, delicious, bean dish imaginable. Serve them with ham or turkey dishes or just straight up. Grandma Vi was a culinary genius. You just have to trust me on this one. Healthy, sinfully delicious and luxurious.
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