Few days back, my daughter had her 15-month appointment with her pediatrician. She got an A+ in her eating habits. I was told that it is the good time now to start introducing more of beans to her diet. I thought of beginning with “Lima Beans”. So with some reading, experiments, and taste test, I have come up today with Lima Bean Soup. Here I have added some lima beans along with vegetables and cooked them into a flavorful broth of nutritious goodness. Grown-ups too can enjoy this soup in the coming winter days.
Lima Beans are sometimes also called as butter beans, because of their buttery texture. They are a good addition to wide variety of food dishes. Lima beans have a high content of fiber, along with molybdenum, copper, manganese, and folate. It is very important to cook these beans thoroughly. They can be steamed or pressure cooked before adding it any of the desired recipes. These little beans are available in various organic stores, farmer’s markets, and supermarkets. They are available both dried and fresh. Dried ones are kept in pre-packed packages or in bins. While fresh green ones are frozen or available in their green pods. Cooked lima beans should be consumed as soon as possible since they turn bad pretty soon.
- 1 cup cooked lima beans
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 carrot
- ½ tomato
- 4 cubes of frozen acorn squash
- 1 garlic clove
- 1½ cup water/vegetable stock
- 1 teaspoon butter
- A dash of oregano, cumin powder, and black pepper
- salt to taste
- Wash all the vegetables. Peel and cut carrot into pieces. Cut tomato and celery stalk into pieces as well.
- In a pot add oil and heat it. Once heated well, add garlic clove and let it sizzle. It shouldn't burn.
- Then add chopped carrots, celery, acorn squash, and tomatoes. Cook till tomatoes get mushy.
- Add cooked lima beans and water/ vegetable stock to the pot. Cook till carrot and celery get tender.
- Add salt and spices as well.
- Once everything is cooked, turn off the heat and let it cool for few mins. Then run it through the food processor.
Cooked lima beans can also be given as finger food to a toddler.
Lima beans can be steamed or pressure cooked in advance.
Grown-ups can adjust the spice level according to their taste.
You can add more water while pureeing if the soup gets too thick.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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