Bean Broth adds a new depth of flavor to Rice Obrient

Lima Bean Rice O’Brien

Remember those Lima beans that I cooked a while back?  After we had eaten all of the beans, I still had a pint of  leftover Lima bean broth.Lima bean broth saved from the cooked lima beans Regular visitors know that I like to try to eliminate as much food waste as possible in our home.  I needed to do something with that broth before it went bad, and my family wanted a bean free dinner.  Why not use the bean cooking liquid to cook some rice?  After all, the bean liquid was full of flavor and nutrients from the beans.  Rice is a blank slate.  It can be easily transformed to reflect the flavors of many cultures.

I cooked the rice in the Lima Bean broth, then proceeded with the usual recipe for Rice O’Brien.  The result was delicious.  The use of the bean broth added a new depth of flavor to my usual rice dish.Rice O'Brien with rice cooked in Lima Bean BrothHere’s your printable recipe.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.  What other liquids have you used for cooking your rice?

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Lima Bean Rice O'Brien
Recipe type: Rice Side Dish
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Serves: 4
Leftover bean cooking liquid, or bean broth, can be used in a variety of ways. In this recipe, it takes the place of water that is generally used to cook beans.
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups Lima bean broth (the liquid left over from cooking Lima beans)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ stick butter
  • ½ cup bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped black olives
  1. Add water to bean broth so that the liquid measures 2 cups.
  2. Cook Rice according to package directions substituting bean broth for water.
  3. Once rice is done, melt butter in a skillet
  4. Saute bell pepper for a few minutes until it becomes tender.
  5. Add green onions to the pan and saute
  6. Add rice to vegetables in the pan and fry the rice in the butter and vegetable mixture stirring frequently.
  7. Once rice is well coated, and the vegetables well incorporated, mix in the olives and stir until they are evenly distributed in the rice.
  8. Serve as a side dish with your favorite meat entree.


4 thoughts on “Lima Bean Rice O’Brien

    1. The broth leftover from cooking beans is good for do many things. We loved the flavor it added.

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