Holy Rice & Beans

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)

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