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Lima bean hummus is a smooth buttery dip that is perfect with crackers, bread, and vegetables or as a condiment on sandwiches.
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According to whfoods.org, lima beans are an excellent source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. They provide a virtually fat-free high-quality protein.
They also offer a notable contribution to heart health, which lies not just in their fiber but in the significant amounts of folate and magnesium these beans supply. Folate helps lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that is an intermediate product in a necessary metabolic process called the methylation cycle.
Also, the amount of magnesium limas supply puts yet another plus in the column of its beneficial cardiovascular effects. Magnesium is Nature’s own calcium channel blocker. When enough magnesium is around, veins and arteries relax, which lessens resistance and improves the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body.
In addition to limas beneficial effects on the digestive system and the heart, their soluble fiber helps stabilize blood sugar levels. If you have insulin resistance, hypoglycemia or diabetes, lima beans can really help you balance blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow-burning energy.
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Lima bean hummus is a smooth buttery dip that is perfect with crackers and bread or as a condiment on sandwiches.
One 16-ounce bag of lima beans, thawed
1/4 cup cup tahini
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 minced clove of garlic
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon cracked fresh pepper
1 teaspoon pink Himalaya salt
Place lima beans in boiling water, allow to boil 15 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.
In a blender add lima beans and all the other ingredients, slowly blend until smooth. The hummus will be thick so it is good to turn off the blender and scrape sides a few times in the blending process. If need be, add a tablespoon of olive oil each time until hummus is smooth.
Serve with pita bread, crackers or vegetables. Toppings could include olive oil, chopped parsley, or whole lima beans.
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