Day 220: Butter Beans, Butter Beans, Good For The Heart

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Want to try a delicious and healthy soup?

“Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.” Marcelene Cox

I never liked gardening, but I love fresh vegetables–all but lima or butter beans.  It’s funny how getting older opens new doors we may have never considered as a child.  For example, today, I made a pot of 15 Bean Soup.  I checked the mix and it did contain lima beans.  As a child, I’d have never thought this would be a good idea, but I guess my body was craving some legumes today.

There are many ways to make this soup.  My mom makes it with ham, but I used what I had on hand, and it was excellent.  In fact, I suggest you make it yourself:

Ingredients

1/4 bag of mixed beans like the one you see in the picture

1/2 pound of ground chicken

1 bouillon cube

1 package of mild chili mix

Sour Cream (optional)

Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Put a quarter bag of beans in water and bring to a boil.  Set aside and soak the beans for several hours.  Wash the beans and put them in a slow cooker covering them thoroughly with water.  Turn the slow cooker on the highest setting.  When the cooker is hot, add the ground chicken and the bouillon cube.  Cook for several hours until the beans are tender and the chicken is well done.  Add a package of chili mix and cook another half hour.  Serve with a dollop of sour cream and grated parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

Now for the Brain Caviar part of this post, let’s think about why we change food preferences.  Maybe, as we get older, we learn to change our cultural preferences.  It is interesting that in a journal from Cambridge, a study shows how cultural practices help us decide which things are edible and not edible.  One of the cultural practices mentioned are of a people group who eat things like monkey, head lice, and grubs.  That’s no comparison to my not wanting to eat lima beans that are in this 15 bean mix, but it does make me wonder why we change our preferences over time.

What is something you enjoy today, that you may never have eaten as a child?

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