Butter beans aka lima beans are both tasty and full of health benefits.
Like many other legumes, they are a good source of dietary fiber, and a virtually fat-free source of high quality protein.
They contain both soluble fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar levels and lowers cholesterol, and insoluble fiber, which aids in the prevention of constipation, digestive disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis
The high fiber content in lima beans prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after eating them.
They can therefore help balance blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow-burning energy, which makes them a good choice for people with diabetes suffering with insulin resistance.
The magnesium content of lima beans is a calcium channel blocker. When enough magnesium is present veins and arteries relax, which reduces resistance and improves the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
This recipe is a tasty addition to any fall menu!
Perfect Butter Beans with Ham Hocks and Honey
2 c dry butter beans
1/2 lb lean smoked ham hocks
2 fat cloves of garlic, smashed
3-4 T honey
The night before you plan to serve the beans, put the beans in a non-reactive bowl cover with cold water. Leave uncovered. Let soak for 12-18 hours.
Discard soaking water. Add ham hocks to a dutch oven, garlic cloves, and pour in soaked beans. Then cover with fresh water only until the beans are barely covered. Bring to a full rolling boil, then cover the dutch oven and turn down to medium-low. Simmer for 4 hours.
Check beans to make sure they’re done all the way through and creamy. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes to an hour if necessary. Lift the hocks out with tongs and let cool slightly. Strip the meat off the bones, remove any chunks of fat or skin, and flake the meat back into the beans. Stir, taste for salt, and serve with with a big dollop of honey on top.
Adapted from an awesome recipe at smallworldsupperclub.wordpress.com