When Nana was a little girl, she was a picky eater, so her mom tricked her into eating lima beans, or butter beans.  Grandma Jane would stab each bean with a toothpick instead of using a fork.  As a result, Nana thought lima beans were amazing growing up.   As tradition goes, she has now taught all of the grandkids how to eat lima beans the ‘fun’ way.


  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 pound lima beans (fresh or frozen)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Cut bacon into small pieces and fry until crisp.  Set aside reserving 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings.
  • Add the lima beans to a saucepan.  Cover with chicken broth.  (All 4 cups may not be needed.)
  • Add bacon, drippings, and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil.  Lower temperature and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Check for doneness.  They should be soft and tender. If beans are still hard, cook additional time.  Serve warm.