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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!

This recipe blends the nutty taste of beans and sweetness of maple quite nicely.
This recipe blends the nutty taste of beans and sweetness of maple quite nicely. | Source

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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.


The Basics

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It doesn't take much to make this recipe. Most people have these items on hand in their kitchen.I try to use organic foods ingredients, but standard items will do nicely. The tomato taste compliments the maple flavoring.
It doesn't take much to make this recipe. Most people have these items on hand in their kitchen.
It doesn't take much to make this recipe. Most people have these items on hand in their kitchen. | Source
I try to use organic foods ingredients, but standard items will do nicely. The tomato taste compliments the maple flavoring.
I try to use organic foods ingredients, but standard items will do nicely. The tomato taste compliments the maple flavoring.
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves four to six

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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add onions; cook 3-4 minutes, stir occasionally, cook until tender and lightly browned.
  4. Stir beans, ketchup, syrup, diced tomato, and seasonings into bacon mixture; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  5. Transfer mixture to the baking dish, cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes.
  6. Remove foil. Bake 5 more minutes or until top begins to brown. Serve.
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Make sure you saute the bacon lightly before adding the rest of the ingredients. Transfer the mixture into a 8 or 9 inch baking dish. The garlic smeared on the sides will add to the taste. The finished product.  You can almost taste the goodness!
Make sure you saute the bacon lightly before adding the rest of the ingredients.
Make sure you saute the bacon lightly before adding the rest of the ingredients. | Source
Transfer the mixture into a 8 or 9 inch baking dish. The garlic smeared on the sides will add to the taste.
Transfer the mixture into a 8 or 9 inch baking dish. The garlic smeared on the sides will add to the taste. | Source
The finished product.  You can almost taste the goodness!
The finished product. You can almost taste the goodness! | Source
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/6 recipe
Calories 220
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 42 g14%
Sugar 25 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 5 mg2%
Sodium 890 mg37%
* 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.

Pole Beans

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)

Item
Benefit
 
Calories
Just 130 grams produces 130 calories.
 
Carbs
17 grams
 
Fiber
4 grams
 
Zinc
10% daily value
 
Iron
10% daily value
 
Magnesium
15% of daily value
 
Vitamin B
1% of daily value
 

© 2016 Dianna Mendez

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49 comments

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FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

I love butter beans cooked any which way. They're one of the few vegetables I love without reservation. I'll have to try your recipe. Looking forward to it.


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Diana Abrahamson 4 months ago from t Francis Bay

Butter beans are are a favourite. They are so versatile too!


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia

I wouldn't say I love butter beans, but I do like them as I do most vegetable (though not as a child). This recipe looks and sounds delicious and I think it will be on the have to try list.


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia

I wouldn't say I love butter beans, but I do like them as I do most vegetable (though not as a child). This recipe looks and sounds delicious and I think it will be on the have to try list.


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rajan jolly 4 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Nice recipe. Never tried these beans. Maybe I should minus the bacon as I do not eat meat.. Thanks for the recipe.


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billybuc 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

I like the personal touch to this food article. Nicely-written, Dee! We grow pole beans every summer but have never tried butter beans. Thanks for the suggestion for next year.


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Nell Rose 4 months ago from England

I have never ever tried butter beans, but after reading this I think I will go find some! lol! thanks for the recipe, I will come back when I have bought some. we don't tend to use them over here.


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fpherj48 4 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Dianna, Growing up, my mother served a lot of veggies and all different kinds of veggies. In our particular area, butter beans were called Lima beans. I remember years ago when someone referred to them as butter beans, I had to look up what the difference was. LOL I found out they are one and the same veggie but called butter or lima, depending on the area of the country you live. I do love them! I have to appreciate being introduced to all veggies as a child because they're so healthy for us.

I'm happy with butter/lima beans cooked with a bit of olive oil or real butter (or a little of both) salt & pepper & a dash of garlic powder. Your recipe sounds yummy and I will try it. I'm sure I'll love it and it will be nice for a change of pace! Thanks.....Paula


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Larry Rankin 4 months ago from Oklahoma

I like butter beans.

Great read.


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breakfastpop 4 months ago

I love butter beans and just recently tasted pole beans. For me, butter beans win.


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Flourish, you have my admiration on loving these beans as they are. Some day I hope to be able to eat them right off the vine! Have a day.


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Diana, glad you like these beans. I didn't realize they were so versatile until I started looking at recipes. Good to know! You take care and enjoy your evening.


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Jodah, like you, I learned to love veggies as I grew older. If you like bacon, this is a must try. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Rajan, I think this recipe would do nicely without the bacon. The tomato-maple base is what holds it together. I appreciate your feedback.


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Bill, I am thrilled with your comment on the opening to this post. Coming from you, I feel like I just earned an A+! Yes, try the beans next year. I'm sure you will reap baskets full.


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Nell, you are so precious! I would not eat them ever if it were not for my hubby. Thank God I found this recipe that is so yummy!


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Paula, you and I had similar childhood experiences with veggies. I am thankful my mother forced to try a variety of them. Today, I benefit from the good health outlook. Your simple recipe sounds good and one I will try next time I serve these beans. Yes, we called them lima beans in the Midwest.


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Larry, I love a man who says it like it is! Butter beans are great! Be well and safe.


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Pop, butter beans in this recipe wins for me -- otherwise, it's up for grabs! Glad you stopped by today. Enjoy the rest of the evening, dear friend.


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AliciaC 4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This recipe sounds like it could be delicious, Dianna. I enjoy spicy food. I have to admit that I didn't know what butter beans were and had to do some research. I discovered that they are also called Lima beans, which made me very happy about your recipe. I love Lima beans in any form!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 months ago from The Beautiful South

Well I already love butter beans but I will have to try this recipe too. It does sound fantastic and something special to fix now and then. Thank you.


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MsDora 4 months ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for the recipe (no bacon for me). I like butter beans too. The nutritional value is a plus.


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Alicia, I now realize lots of people love these beans. Glad to know you are one of the elite with great taste! As for me, I hope to get there one day. Enjoy the recipe.


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Jackie, I thought the same about this recipe idea. It will be a nice side dish for special days. Have a blessed day, dear lady.


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Ms Dora, I have to consider the value of nutrition for our bodies when I eat these beans. Always a plus when you eat veggies. Your visit was refreshing!


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peachpurple 4 months ago from Home Sweet Home

Wonderful recipe but i must admit that i love your hub opening paragraph.

It sounds like reading a new chapter if a mystery book


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Peach, I'll take that compliment and thank you. It means much to me coming from another writer. Maybe I should make it a novel.... The butter bean mystery!


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ChitrangadaSharan 4 months ago from New Delhi, India

This sounds delicious and easy to prepare!

I do cook beans very quite often but this is different. And I like variety. I am sure it would come out really tasty.

Thanks for sharing the recipe in this well presented hub!


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

ChitrangadaSharan, I think beans round out any meal. They are so good for the body. I hope you enjoy this recipe idea. Have a great week, dear friend.


Peggy Woods 3 months ago

I like just about any kind of bean and know how healthy they are for us to consume. Your recipe certainly sounds like it would entice any child...or adult for that matter...to give butter beans a try! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.


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Diana Abrahamson 3 months ago from t Francis Bay

I really enjoy butter beans. Eat them with our barbecues. Also make a sweet and sour sauce for them.


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bravewarrior 3 months ago from Central Florida

I love butter beans. Lima beans, too. I never do much to them other than add butter, salt and pepper. I'm sure bacon would be good in them too, but I'm not so sure about the maple syrup.

Great recipe article. You added a lot of character and interest to your recipe.


Deb Hirt 3 months ago

This is a good reminder to have some butter beans, which I really do love. I just like them with salt, pepper, and a little butter. Guess I'm just a weird sort!


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teaches12345 3 months ago Author

Diana, I would love to see your recipe for sweet and sour sauce. I can use another great meal idea for this legume!


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teaches12345 3 months ago Author

Peggy, it is a recipe most people would enjoy, even those with particular tastes. I may have to make this recipe again soon.


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teaches12345 3 months ago Author

Shauna, I thought the same thing about the syrup but it does add to the flavor. I use organic pure syrup in my recipe for the healthier version. Hope you enjoy it when you try it.


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teaches12345 3 months ago Author

Deb, my hubby would agree with you on having them plain. I myself can tolerate them as such but this recipe really makes them come alive for me. Enjoy your evening and have some butter beans on me.


vocalcoach 3 months ago

Hi Dianna

I tried your recipe today and was it ever delicious! I absolutely love butter beans. I usually just cook them with a little onion and seasoning but your recipe was such a big hit I promised my family plenty more for dinner. Thanks so much and sharing.

Audrey


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teaches12345 2 months ago Author

I am making this butter bean recipe this week as well. My hubby enjoys the dish but I love it! So glad you tried it and liked it, Audrey. Enjoy your next family dinner serving this one.


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vocalcoach 2 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Hi Dianna -

I'm back again with a question. Once in a great while I eat butter beans from the can. Should I rinse the beans, draining the liquid from the can? I prefer a little liquid but not if it's harmful. (I eat butter beans 3-4 times a week )


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teaches12345 2 months ago Author

Hi Audrey, sorry it took me awhile to get to your comment. I drained mine a little because I wanted to cover the beans with the sauce. Generally, if I cooked them plain, I will leave the liquid in for flavor. However, I recommend buying a brand that is either organic or with natural ingredients. I am going to try to make these again this week as well. Thanks for your support -- enjoy those beans!


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Sunshine625 2 months ago from Orlando, FL

Yum! Butter Beans are one of my favorite. When I grow up I hope to cook as well as you do. Or have my own chef. Either is fine.


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teaches12345 7 weeks ago Author

Chef or not, this recipe is simple to make and always a win at any meal. Thanks for your humorous comment, Linda. I am happy to hear of someone else who likes butter beans.


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always exploring 7 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

I grew up loving butter beans. Homemade soup needs butter beans to make it really good. I like your recipe. Thanks for sharing..


lex123 6 weeks ago

I love butter beans. Your recipe sounds yummy, must try once.


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teaches12345 6 weeks ago Author

Hello Exploring! I only wish I would have known how good they were when I was young. Soup beans sound good right now. As always, you bring a smile to my day when you visit.


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teaches12345 6 weeks ago Author

Text123, if you try it once you may just be hooked for life! Keep eating those yummy beans.


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RTalloni 2 weeks ago from the short journey

Oh yum! This recipe is going to be on our Thanksgiving table. So looking forward to trying it out! Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


Don Bobbitt 2 weeks ago

Butter Beans as well as Lima Beans were a regular dish on our table when I was growing up. And, my wife and I still make a pot of them occasionally.

I remember several of our uncles and aunts were farmers, when I was young, and they would "can' both of these great sources of protein.

And, of course, they would always stop by our house with a few jars of each several times a year.

DON

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