Fava Beans with Garlic and Lemon

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A simple dish to keep you full and focused for hours!

Fava beans are an amazing superfood that are often overlooked in favor of “more common” beans. If you want to expand your menu and you are looking for ways to add legumes to your diet, a fava beans recipe will do the trick. The beans might seem exotic, but they are quite tasty and full of fiber.

Fava beans are low in cholesterol and a great source of dietary fiber, folate, and vitamin K. They are a fantastic substitute when you are trying to cut back on eating meat and they make a great addition to soups and salads. They even make a great kid-friendly dish. Picky eaters who prefer to avoid most green vegetables and other healthy foods often love the bite-sized bean. Wondering how to cook fava beans? Worried the soaking and long-term cooking required might be a problem? Rest easy because this dish is easy to make and can be prepared in a short time.

This fava beans dish makes a great side dish or main course when paired with a salad, and the leftovers are ideal for a healthy, filling lunch. This recipe allows you to combine flavor with function, getting loads of nutrients and satisfying even a big appetite. Best of all, these beans taste great. If you are concerned that beans will taste bland or unappealing, this recipe will dispel your fears. It tastes great, and it’s good for you, too!

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Fava Beans with Garlic and Lemon

These uncommon beans are full of vitamins and minerals that are important for your body and kids love them!
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 0.25 cup
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 1 cup fava beans shelled
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • black pepper to taste


  • Shell pods and remove fava beans. In a large pot add fava beans, cover with water, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer three minutes. Drain beans, return to pot and add enough cold water to cover. After five minutes, drain and remove outer skins. Discard skins.
  • In a medium skillet, heat oil to medium-low, add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about one minute. Add beans and parsley and continue sautéing five minutes. Remove from heat, drizzle beans with lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 227mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Low-Carb

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