The recipe that will change how you look at frozen veggies forever

The colors the colors

Never in a million years would we have thought of this one on our own and considering how highly original we are, that’s saying a lot.

We saw this recipe for roasted lima beans over at She Cooks … He Cleans. That’s right your standard run-of-the mill FROZEN limas, roasted and reinvigorated. She got the idea on Whole Foods’ website. So here we go modifying it again. (Her recipe was perfect as is, but we didn’t have the same spice mix, or even the same size frozen bag. )

Roasted Lima Beans with Red Pepper

  • 12-ounce bag frozen baby lima beans
  • sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to drizzle
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Zestybeandog Fine Herb Blend
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  •  ground black or green pepper to taste
  • 1/2 a red pepper, diced

Cook lima beans in salted, boiling water until tender, about 5-8 minutes. Drain in a colander and dry with paper towels. In a medium bowl, mix together a tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, dried herb seasoning, ground pepper and red pepper.  Add lima beans and toss well.

Line a baking sheet with foil and heat the oven to 400. Place the bean mix in a single layer on the baking sheet. Don’t wash that bowl yet, you’ll need it. Roast until beans and peppers are softened and the beans are a bit as She Cooks … He Cleans puts it “crinkly-crispy on the outside”, about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Return the beans to the bowl.  Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and toss to coat.  Season to taste with sea salt. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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40 Responses to The recipe that will change how you look at frozen veggies forever

  1. That looks very nice (or maybe it’s just that I’m crazy for beans!)

  2. nrhatch says:

    Lima beans aren’t my favorite . . . but that looks delish!

  3. Yuri says:

    Those beans look delicious! Earlier today I received a bean cookbook from amazon 🙂

  4. BrainRants says:

    This sounds awesome, and I love me some limas. Why not steam them?

  5. I’m passing this recipe onto my friend who’s doing a cleanse right now.

  6. I’ve loved roasted veggies, never thought of this one.. very surprising indeed!

  7. Maureen says:

    Clever dish. My mother ruined lima beans when I was growing up and I’ve hated them all my life but this dish looks so inviting.

  8. Dan Toombs says:

    I haven’t eaten lima beans in years. What and excellent way to cook them. I will be giving this a go. I am currently on a year long quest to only cook and eat Indian food so I will be trying this with an Indian spice blend.

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Delicious!
    🙂 Mandy

  10. Lovely – we could use the broad beans that we grow – which I would never have thought of cooking like this!

  11. Nice! Hubby loves limas, and I don’t make them often enough. We’ll try this out next week.

  12. Karen says:

    What is so nice about food blogs is the unusual recipes. I love limas but would have never thought of roasting them. It must give them a nutty flavor.

  13. ChgoJohn says:

    What a great idea! Roasted veggies are a mainstay around here but never thought to use frozen. anything, let alone lima beans. Can’t wait to try this out. Thanks!

  14. Stef says:

    I bet that would taste great made with edamame, too.

  15. I love lima beans and I love the twist on preparing them. Nice one!

  16. What a pretty dish! Frozen veggies are the next best thing to fresh through the winter here and actually they are generally captured (preserved) at the peak of freshness so they are quite delicious and retain most of their nutrients (more so than “fresh” produce flown across the world). This looks so good – the colours indeed…

  17. ceciliag says:

    Oh you are right that sounds fantastic and frozen veg at this time of year is always going to be better for you than the refreshed supermarket ‘pretend fresh’ veges.. What a great idea!! c

  18. As I write I have some frozen lima beans in the freezer. My husband loves them, but I have never known what to do with them. He will be surprised. I will make this before the end of the weekend…thank you.

  19. Tis a good idea. We are fond of the beans, although frozen lima beans are not something we can get here, frozen soy beans would probably work ok too.

  20. When I was growing up as a kid, I would not touch lima beans because of that whole texture thing but I think roasted them in that nice spice mixture might have dissolved that problem. No more mushy lima beans. Woo hoo!

  21. Sissi says:

    Excellent idea! I don’t think I can find frozen lima beans here, but your roasting method can easily be adapted to other beans I suppose.

  22. I’ll bet these are terrific. I use rosemary and peppers with my roasted veggies, and roasting lima beans, especially with the firm texture they have after having been frozen…what a great idea!

  23. Awesome! My favourite way to make limas it to roast them. I use a whole head of garlic in mine. “Crinkly crisp” limas are the bomb. It’s about time someone gave them some love.

  24. Purely.. Kay says:

    I LOVE frozen veggies and I think they get a bad rep. a lot of the time. I absolutely love this recipe…

  25. ....RaeDi says:

    Beautiful, colorful picture and I love limas, it nice to know that the frozen are so good!

  26. I recently attended a lecture by my mom’s oncologist about “Eating Right”. She believes in totally natural foods, staying out of the center of the grocery store and commented that frozen fruits and veggies are “Good” foods, especially if you find organic. See…y’all are so smart!

  27. Sydney Jones says:

    With the winter prices of produce frozen veggies is the way to go! Great post, I am going to give this a go for sure 🙂

  28. I was intrigued by the title of this post! 🙂

  29. nancyc says:

    I’m not a big lima bean fan, but I think I’d like them made this way!

  30. Charles says:

    Oh my – I had to look up lima beans… apparently they’re often known as “butter beans” in England, so now I know what this is about. I LOVE butter beans… they’re so yummy. What a fantastic way to, as you say, “re-invigorate” frozen beans!

  31. spicegirlfla says:

    I love how recipes get tweaked along the way from one post to another!! So you’ve given me a reason to buy frozen veggies…you know I have to try this!!

  32. Rufus I love this recipe. Anything with rosemary gets my attention.

  33. You know, frozen peas and beans are often wonderful, as are frozen berries, often better than “fresh” at the supermarket, because they’ve been picked and frozen at their peak. This recipe looks absolutely delicious! 🙂

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  35. We love lima beans and I use frozen instead of cans lots of time. They are much fresher. I will try this, too. Looks great!

  36. Looks great, but what are lima beans – soy beans, no? I love frozen veg, very handy!

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