Life’s ironies are surprising. Childhood repugnances grow to become adult favorites.
Recently grabbing a bag of Lima beans and placing them in my shopping cart had me cracking up.
Because as a child, if you told me Lima beans were being served for dinner, my face became contorted and jacked up. Without throwing shade to any of the cooks in my past, no matter who cooked Limas, they were dry as hell. But you knew not to complain; that was never an option.
I’ve decided to make an attempt at veganism again.
I am NOT discouraged by failure.
In 2016, for three months I was successful with a vegan diet. I am not sure exactly why I started eating chicken and turkey again. But I do remember having concerns about protein intake. In bodybuilding, protein intake is a crucial element to building muscle mass.
To be successful this go-round, I am better prepared and have 1. Read more articles like this. 2. Substituting more plant-based protein then I did before. I have plenty of vegan recipes pinned to my board on Pinterest. 3. Instead of overwhelming myself with an “I will never eat meat again” goal, I have set weekly goals, will plan better, and allow for hiccups.
So today I cooked the Limas in the crockpot. I forgot to measure the seasoning and broth but it’ hard to go wrong and its more about getting the flavor that you enjoy. Cooking beans are easy. I don’t bother soaking them. I toss everything in the crock-pot and cook on low for around 6 hours or cook on high for 4-5 hours.
- 1 lb bag of dry beans
- 2 Jalapeno peppers (1 is fine).
- Fresh ground ginger
- 1 large sweet onion (chopped)
- Freshly Himalayan sea salt (or another salt)
- Fresh ground pepper
- 1 1/2 boxes of low sodium vegetable broth (enough to cover the beans because you don’t want your beans to dry out)
I know, I really have to learn to measure my food.
After the beans soften up, taste test and add seasoning to your taste and enjoy over quinoa, brown rice, black rice, spaghetti squash or something else.
Mmm… these Limas are moist, delicious and healthy. Considered a “Fiber Allstar,” only one-cup of Limas are packed with 29 grams of protein. Read more about Limas here.
If you’ve hated these as a kid, give ’em a try, you might like them now. I do!