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Italian-Style Lima Beans

 Italian-Style Lima Beans
This Italian-style side dish will delight lima bean lovers. Not only is it a colorful addition to the menu, the combination of flavors enhance the beans to a delightful taste. The lima beans have a bite yet are tender and perfect with the delicate flavor of the cherry tomatoes.
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups frozen lima beans, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook garlic in oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and
  • lima beans; cook for 3-5 minutes or until tomatoes soften and beans
  • are tender.
  • Stir in the vinegar, brown sugar, lemon peel, oregano, salt and
  • pepper flakes; cook 1 minute longer. Sprinkle with parsley if
  • desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1/2 cup equals 99 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 122 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.