More Butter Beans Please!
An Acquired Taste
It was a typical late summer Indiana evening. The sun hung low in the sky, glowing like a red rubber ball. Locusts were shrieking their evening news; tomorrow was going to be a scorcher. The neighborhood gang was hard at play trying to get in one last round of kickball. No one wanted to quit to run home for supper.
I purposefully cheered others on so that they kept engaged and forgot about the time. Today was Wednesday and this was leftover day at home. Worse, it was my mother's attempt to serve "healthy" foods hoping we would find them appealing. On occasion, the offering was butter beans. Served plain, seasoned with pepper and salt, topped with plenty of onion. Ugh!
Over the years, due to my hubby's love of butter beans, I learned to tolerate them. Not love them, just a general acceptance of this food. Like spinach, it was a gradual acquired taste for me.
Over a cup of tea last week, a friend and I shared recipe ideas our families found delicious -- nutritious, yes, but hidden from sight. I copied her recipe for maple bacon butter beans, thinking it might just be a win for both my hubby and I. I found it mouth-watering and scrumptious! I can't express how wonderfully the flavors mingle in your mouth. Trust me -- if you have kids, they will be asking for seconds!
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A Little Bean Background
These beans are known for helping a body to lower cholesterol intake and adding fiber to a diet. They are known as a protein food and a great substitute for meats such as chicken and beef. The low fat content also makes them a great alternative to the higher cuts of marbled, red meat items.
Generally, they are rinsed, sometimes soaked in baking soda, and boiled for eating. Stir fry them with onion, peppers, a little seasoning and you have a delectable side dish. Butter beans make a great vegetarian meal when used as the main ingredient in soup. Used right out of the can, these legumes can make any salad a tasty meal.
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Baked Maple Bacon Butter Beans
- 1/2 cup Sweet Onion, Slice thinly
- 2 slices Bacon, Finely chopped
- 2 cans Butter Beans, 14-15 oz. drained
- 3/4 cup Ketchup
- 1/2 cup Maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons Chipotle Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Ginger
- 1/2 cup Tomato, Diced
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9 inch pan with olive oil cooking spray or coat with olive oil (about 1 teaspoon). Cut a garlic clove in half and smear the bottom and edges of pan with cut side. Discard.
- Preheat large saute pan (Using a cast iron pan will add to the home made taste) for 2 - 3 minutes. Place cut bacon in pan; cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until browned.
- Add onions; cook 3-4 minutes, stir occasionally, cook until tender and lightly browned.
- Stir beans, ketchup, syrup, diced tomato, and seasonings into bacon mixture; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Transfer mixture to the baking dish, cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes.
- Remove foil. Bake 5 more minutes or until top begins to brown. Serve.
|Serving size: 1/6 recipe|
|Calories from Fat||36|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 4 g||6%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Carbohydrates 42 g||14%|
|Sugar 25 g|
|Fiber 4 g||16%|
|Protein 6 g||12%|
|Cholesterol 5 mg||2%|
|Sodium 890 mg||37%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
If you are looking to add food items to your garden, pole beans are an excellent choice as they are full of rich nutrients and vitamins for the body. Introducing them early to children will give them a head start in keeping healthy, building their immune system.
The video below demonstrates how to plant them in a home garden environment or greenhouse. It also shares a little on the history of butter beans and their value to any meal. I have listed the main minerals and vitamins below for your reference. I hope you try the recipe; and if you do, let me know how it turned out. Enjoy!
Greenhouse Butter Beans
Minerals & Vitamins (1/2 cup serving)
Just 130 grams produces 130 calories.
10% daily value
10% daily value
15% of daily value
1% of daily value
© 2016 Dianna Mendez
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