This one-pot meal can be made up to three days ahead and refrigerated.
1 1/2 cups dried baby lima beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups vertically sliced red onion
3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 cup diced smoked turkey breast (about 6 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
8 cups sliced collard greens (about 1/2 pound)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Thyme sprigs (optional)
How to Make It
Sort and wash beans; place in a Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil, and cook 20 minutes. Remove from heat; drain beans.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Heat oil in pan over medium-low heat. Add onion; sauté 10 minutes. Add beans, broth, and the next 5 ingredients (beans through bay leaf); bring to a boil. Cover and bake at 375° for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Stir in collards, vinegar, and tomatoes. Cover and bake an additional 1 hour or until beans are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in salt and pepper. Discard bay leaf. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.
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I did make a few changes but it would be hard to believe they made that much difference. I used left over turkey and doubled it. I used kale instead of collards because I had it in my garden. Overall it was dry and we didn't enjoy it at all. My husband didn't even eat his. I ate my greens but not many beans. Maybe we are just not fans of lima beans? It was a waste of some great turkey.
I have made this several times and every time it comes out excellent. Instead of smoked turkey breast I have used smoked turkey thighs or wings, both with great results. A big hit with even my picky eaters.
WOW! This was great! I got a bunch of collard greens in my CSA box and went looking for a recipe to use them up. I lucked out in finding this one because the result was fantastic! It took a long time - about 3 hours - so I can only use it on a weekend. I left out the garlic - my husband is allergic - and didn't miss it at all.