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Are They Lima Beans or Butterbeans?

Lima Beans Background -Photographed on a Canon EOS-1 Mark 3

Are they Lima beans or butterbeans? In the United States, we primarily refer to the bean as a Lima or a butterbean. But it’s always up for debate! One thing is for sure, these aren’t the frozen green lima beans that you grew up with, rather they are the dry white beans with an almost buttery flavor…hence the newer name, “butterbean.”

Lima beans have been cultivated in Peru for more than 7,000 years. With the exploration of South America the explorers took the Lima beans back to Spain and Portugal and from there to Africa, the Caribbean and North America. Depending on where in the world you are, the names of the beans can be referred to as Lima, Madagascar, gigantes or butterbeans.

No matter what you call these white beans there are as many different ways to cook them! Try one of these delicious recipes from our online recipe library. Your kids will love the Butterbeans and Cheese recipe. Do you like to go camping? Our Sausage and Bean Dutch oven recipe is perfect! The White Beans and Seared Scallop recipe uses baby Lima beans and is elegant enough to serve for guests. Having a BBQ? Ellery Lima Beans is the perfect accompaniment to grilled meat.

Butterbeans and Cheese!!Butterbeans and Cheese

Sausage&Bean Stew1Sausage and Bean Dutch Oven Stew

white beans and scallopsWhite Beans & Seared Scallops

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Try Some Beans For Breakfast!

Pumpkin bean muffin

Beans for breakfast? What a great way to start your day by making one of these delicious breakfasts. Not only are beans filling, but eating beans will help you avoid the mid-morning slump. Kids home for summer vacation? These breakfasts are easy, nutritious and will give the kiddos energy for all those summer activities!

thumb_IMG_4736_1024 You don’t have to wait for Fall to enjoy these Pumpkin Bean Muffins! Recipe here…

EggIMG_4502 Make your own fast food with these black bean, egg and avocado Mexican-Style Breakfast Cups. Recipe here…

SausageThis recipe for Breakfast Sausage is great to make in bulk and freeze for those quick out the door days. Recipe here…

IMG_3911Pancakes aren’t just for Sunday breakfast…make these pancakes made with pureed beans during the week for the kids! Recipe here…

IMG_3948Kids love pizza…and they will love this Bean Breakfast Pizza! Recipe here…

beansandeggsBeans and eggs…so simple but so delicious! Recipe here…

beanscrambleAdd beans to your scrambled eggs for extra nutritional value and protein. Recipe here…

What are you making the children for breakfast this summer? We want to know! Share your photos on Instagram and tag @californiabeans!

Enjoy!
Marilyn

 

 

Breakfast Sausage

Breakfast Bean and Pork Sausage

Breakfast Sausage

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground pork or turkey

1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon finely ground pepper

1 teaspoon dried sage

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup cooked large lima beans, pureed

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make sausage patties to desired size. Make sure you flatten them out because they do plump up; they also shrink quit a bit, so make them double the size you want.

Add patties to a large skillet coated with a little olive oil. Cook on medium-high heat until brown on both sides and cooked through.

Note: You can freeze the patties raw or cooked.

Beans for Breakfast? Yes, Please!

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwich

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? If eating breakfast helps you maintain a healthy weight by making you feel full for the day, then yes! The fiber and protein in beans will help you stay satisfied until lunch. Breakfast is especially important for school-age children because it provides them with the energy and nutrients that lead to increased concentration in the classroom.

Most of the time we are rushing around in the morning, getting those sleepy heads out of bed, dressed, finding their lost homework — you know the drill. It can seem easier to run out the door with something popped in the toaster. Why not make breakfast the night before and heat it up quickly in the morning to eat on the go?

Here are three recipes that are filling, delicious and full of fiber and protein. They are easy to make and can even be frozen!

Breakfast Bean and Pork Sausage

Breakfast Sausage

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground pork or turkey

1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon finely ground pepper

1 teaspoon dried sage

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup cooked large lima beans, pureed

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make sausage patties to desired size. Make sure you flatten them out because they do plump up; they also shrink quit a bit, so make them double the size you want.

Add patties to a large skillet coated with a little olive oil. Cook on medium-high heat until brown on both sides and cooked through.

Note: You can freeze the patties raw or cooked.

Mexican Style Bean

Mexican-Style Breakfast Cups

Ingredients

1/2 cup cooked black beans, drained (they need to be dry)

1/2 cup fresh, frozen or canned corn kernels (If canned, drain first)

1/4 cup diced tomatoes

1/4 cup finely diced bell pepper

1/8 cup finely diced onion

1/2 cup shredded colby and Monterey jack cheese

10 large eggs

1/4 cup milk (whatever type you prefer)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray or line with cupcake liners.

Add the black beans to a large bowl along with the corn, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion and cheese. Divide this mixture between the muffin cups; it should be enough for 12.

In a larger bowl, add the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Whisk until well combined.

Pour the egg mixture over the bean mixture in the muffin tin, filling until each cup is almost full.

Bake for 20 minutes. Cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

 

This next recipe is the easiest of them all!

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwich

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwich

from Closet Cooking

Total cook time is15 minutes! How great is that?

Ingredients

1 egg

Salt and pepper to taste

1 English muffin, lightly toasted

2 tablespoons refried beans

2 tablespoons guacamole or sliced avocados

1 tablespoon salsa ranchera

Directions

Fry the egg as desired, season with salt and pepper to taste, and spread the refried beans on one side of the English muffin and the guacamole on the other. Place the egg on one side and top with the salsa and the other half of the muffin.

Note: If you are taking this on the go, make sure the yolk is fully cooked!

Take a photo of your on-the-go bean breakfast, share it on Instagram and tag @californiabeans!

Enjoy!

Marilyn

Blackeye Brown Rice & Italian Sausage Stuffing

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Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients:

4 cups cooked brown rice

2 cups cooked blackeyes

19 ounces hot Italian sausage, casings removed

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup diced bell pepper (I used a combination of red, yellow and orange bell peppers for more color)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1-teaspoon paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

2 tablespoons butter

2 cups chopped mushrooms

Directions:

  1. Brown sausage in skillet. (Make sure you break up the sausage when you cook.)
  1. Drain fat from sausage,
  1. Add the onions, celery, peppers and garlic to the pan. Cook until onions are tender.
  1. In another skillet, cook the mushrooms with the butter about 2 to 4 minutes, or until done.
  1. Add the herbs to the sausage mixture, and then add mushrooms and rice.

6. Place stuffing in a casserole dish and heat before serving.

Note: This stuffing can be made ahead.