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Nest of Beans and Greens

Posted Feb 26 2010 10:10pm

Growing up in the South there were just things that were staples in your diet.  Beans of any type (especially red beans in Louisiana) and greens -  turnip, mustard or collard.

As a side history lesson, in the Deep South, beans, greens and cornbread were considered pauper food.  Only the very poor ate them.  That was, of course, until it was learned how nutritionally packed and healthy they actually are.

Now?  Greens and beans have become preferred foods not only among vegans but for anyone is who is even remotely interested in health.  And now, you can add “trimming your waist and balancing hormones” to the list of benefits of beans and greens.

Nest of Beans and Greens

  • 1 cup dried lima beans
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped
  • 3 Tble extra-virgin oilive oil
  • 1 bunch of turnip, collard or mustard greens (about 2 pounds) or 1 (16 oz) package of frozen greens
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt, pepper, vinegar and crushed pepper flakes (optional) to taste

Soak and cook lima beans according to the directions on the package.  Drain.  Add the eggs to the beans and use a potato masher to mash into a paste.  use the olive oil sparingly if some moisture is needed.  Set aside.  Saute the greens in a medium saucepan until tender but still green.  Make a nest of greens on each plate.  Put 2 Tble of the lima mixture in the center.  Sprinkle lemon juice and season as desired with salt, pepper, vinegar and red pepper flakes.

Makes 4 servings

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Nutritional Facts

Aount Per Serving: Calories 310 – Calories from Fat 130 – Total Fat 14 g  Saturated Fat – 2.5 g – Cholesterol 105 mg – Sodium 85 mg – Total Carbohydrate 35 g Dietary Fiber 15 g – Sugars 1 g – Protein 16 g – Calcium 35% DV

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