Mushroom and Lima Bean Stew

Douse disease-causing free radicals and repair and strengthen immune cells with a cascade of antioxidant- and nutrient-rich ingredients.
Whole Living, December 2010
  • Yield Makes 10 cups
    Serves 6 to 8
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  • 1 cup dried lima beans
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 large onion, diced (2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces portobello mushrooms, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 bunch kale (8 oz.), stems removed and leaves thinly sliced (6 cups)
  • Kosher salt


  1. Soak beans overnight in water. Drain.
    Heat oil in a large pot over medium
    flame. Add onions and garlic. Cook until
    tender, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to a
    bowl. Turn heat to medium high. Working
    in batches, add mushrooms; cook
    until golden brown. Transfer to bowl and
    add more oil to cook remaining mushrooms.
    Return mushrooms and onions to
    pot and add squash, beans, bay leaf,
    and stock. Season with pepper. Bring to
    a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cover
    partially. Cook until beans are just tender,
    about 50 to 60 minutes. Stir in kale and
    cook until tender, about 5 minutes more.
    Season with salt.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (2)

  • CalicoKitty2000 13 Jan, 2012

    I'm trying to cook healthier foods for my family and tried this recipe, it was great! First time I've tried Kale and I really liked it.

  • lilytwist 23 Feb, 2011

    I tried this on a lark, and it was FANTASTIC! My husband turns his nose up at meatless meals, but he loves this stew. If you don't mind a bit of easy chopping, this is serious comfort food. It was hearty without feeling heavy, and had great texture even on day two. I tripled the garlic, though, and didn't use any salt. The low-sodium broth was good enough with out it!