Meatless Monday: Easy-Peasy 5-Minute Butter Beans

This entry was posted on May 22, 2017 by Charlotte Bell.

meatless mondayI’m currently on deadline for an article I write every year for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Last evening, after furiously writing all weekend, I needed a quick and easy dinner of food I already had on hand. There was some fresh broccoli in the fridge, which gave me a taste for roasted broccoli. (It’s basically the same preparation as the roasted romanesco I posted a while back, except that you can just chop it into florets. Peel and chop the main stems if you like. They’re very sweet). I also wanted to add a bit of protein to the meal.

Looking through my cupboards, I found a can of Eden Butter Beans. I thought about what pantry staples might go well with these mild, silky beans. Olive oil is always good. I also had a couple lemons and I’d just pruned a large, volunteer Italian parsley plant in my garden. Along with a little Celtic sea salt, that’s all I needed to make a fresh, protein-rich side dish. It literally took me five minutes to make. One recipe was enough to satisfy both my partner and me, along with the roasted broccoli.

Note: I prefer using Celtic sea salt these days instead of regular sea salt. It’s a pure form of salt with no additives and is dried naturally with just summer sun and wind. Celtic sea salt is light grey in color and has a slightly moist texture. It provides 82 trace minerals and boasts many health benefits.

Meatless Monday: Easy-Peasy 5-Minute Butter Beans

  • 1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed (I use Eden brand because they don’t line their cans with BPA.)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • pinch of Celtic sea salt (or other sea salt if that’s what you’ve got on hand)

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. That’s it!

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Charlotte Bell discovered yoga in 1982 and began teaching in 1986. Charlotte is the author of Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: A Guide for Everyday Practice and Yoga for Meditators, both published by Rodmell Press. Her third book is titled Hip-Healthy Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Guide to Protecting the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Pain (Shambhala Publications). She writes a monthly column for CATALYST Magazine and serves as editor for Yoga U Online. Charlotte is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and folk sextet Red Rock Rondo, whose DVD won two Emmy awards in 2010.