Wheat is called the staff of life, yet for many of us it is some degree of indigestible, for some with certain illnesses, it is like poison. For me, rice & beans are twice blessed. They are the most simple of foods, and together they are nutritious and economical. A family of 6-8 can eat a balanced and satisfying meal of rice and beans and salad for about $10 counting the energy to cook them. We are 4 so I often cook only half a bag of beans at a time, less energy efficient, but then we eat fresher food, and waste less. For this recipe, since lima beans often take a long time to cook, I cook the whole bag and then we eat
them at least twice. This is a non-spicy sweet bean dish kids often like. If you have not had luck making tasty brown rice see my post for brown rice.
1 bag lima beans well soaked (2 days better as beans are hard)
1 half to 1 whole onion sliced or diced to taste
pepper & salt to taste (I add about 1 small teaspoon sea salt)
2 cups Trader Joe’s tomato marinara sauce (my preference when fresh are out of season)
OR 1 half can tomato paste
OR 5 fresh organic tomatoes (preferable but this adds about $5 to the cost of the dish)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon tumeric stirred in after cooking
Optional: 1/4 cup of your favorite healthy BBQ sauce
or a mix of vinegar, mustard and molasses, about 1 tablespoon each
Olive oil – the marinara has oil in it so I don’t add any more, if you add a little oil add it
at the end with the tumeric, no need to cook it.
First cover the beans in a large pot with 2-3 inches of water – you will add more later
cook for 20-30 minutes on a medium fire
clear foam and loose skins
add everything else EXCEPT THE SALT!
add the salt last as salt will keep the beans hard for some reason…
leave on a medium low with the lid so it is at a low boil for about 1 hour
add water a cup at a time if the sauce gets too low to cover the beans
remove when beans are done
stir in tumeric at the end for flavor and anti-gas properties. It is considered to
be a cleansing food for the liver and chakras as well.
(I actually forgot to add the tumeric for these photos – it gives the beans a nice color)