Tender and buttery, Lima Bean Stew is a hearty family favorite. Just a quarter cup of dry beans yields 7 grams of fiber and protein! This is a delicious and satisfying stew; good for you and super easy to make.
1 16 ounce bag dry Baby Lima Beans
½ pound bacon
1 large onion
1 bay leaf
4-6 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
Rinse beans and pick out any that are discolored or misshapen. Cover beans with water, soak overnight. Rinse beans with cold water and add to the pot of a slow cooker, set to high heat, cover beans with water, about 4-6 cups. Cook bacon until crisp, crumble bacon over beans, chop onion and cook in bacon grease until translucent, add onions and bay leaf to pot and stir to combine, cook 6-8 hours. Add additional water if stew becomes to thick. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot with buttered bread.