The holiday season is here! Thanksgiving is less than a week away and Christmas is right around the corner. The trees are shedding their leaves and the air is cooling; meanwhile many of us are developing recipes for this year’s Thanksgiving feast.
I was asked by Cathy, a fellow blogger (What Would Cathy Eat?), to create a healthy Thanksgiving recipe, and I ended up with a fantastic substitute for mashed potatoes. These mashed lima beans are almost as rich and creamy as traditional mashed white potatoes, and much healthier. Lima beans are naturally starchy, and unlike potatoes they achieve their buttery texture without the use of animal fat or butter substitutes. Lima beans are high in fiber, protein, iron, folate and magnesium. In just one cup of lima beans, or one serving of these mashed limas, you will be attaining 29% of your daily value for protein and more than half of the daily value for fiber. The fiber and protein present in beans will make you feel full quicker; but that’s not it, your body will absorb the nutrients more slowly, preventing a spike in blood sugar. When the body absorbs nutrients from complex carbohydrates, like lima beans, more slowly, the body is energized for longer.
Once cooked you’ll notice how tender and mushy the beans become, making it easy to mash them to your desired buttery consistency. To fancy the lima beans up a bit I added some White Truffle Oil. This pairs beautifully with the roasted garlic, fresh thyme and black pepper. This is a simple dish, but I recommend cooking your own beans as opposed to using canned; this way you’ll have the creamiest texture possible, and left over bean liquid, which I used to make the red pepper sauce.
I roasted my three favorite fall vegetables to complete the dish: sweet potatoes, beets and Brussels sprouts. Any roasted veggie will pair well with these mashed limas.
Eating a healthy Thanksgiving meal full of fiber, fresh vegetables and whole grains won’t cause an uncomfortable rise in blood sugar and the whole family won’t be stuck in a food coma after dinner. Instead, you will leave the table full of energy, joy and hopefully abounding gratitude.
Speaking of gratitude, I’d like to thank Easy Canvas Prints for gifting me with a lovely canvas print of the prettiest beet. I wanted a professional print of one of my food photographs, and I’m so happy to have this photo hanging on the wall of my new kitchen, it’s fabulous!
If you’re looking for more healthy Thanksgiving recipes please do visit the What Would Cathy Eat blog. On the blog Trudy of Veggie Num Num shared her recipe for vegan style Green Bean Casserole, and if you’re anything like me you’ll be drooling at the photos : )