Lima Bean and Mint Soup w/Orange-Cumin Cream

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I was the strangest kid ever. Besides the fact that I preferred Jacques Pepin on PBS over cartoons, my favorite vegetables were broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and lima beans. Seriously, what kid likes lima beans? Well, I did, and I still do. So when the temperature dropped a bit today and I decided to make soup for dinner, I channeled my inner child and decided on a lima bean soup. To make the soup creamy, I included pureed raw almonds and a bit of almond milk (admittedly, if I had raw cashews in my pantry, I would have used those) and at the last second, I swirled in a dollop of vegan sour cream that I freshened up with a bit of orange. The mint cut some of the richness from the beans, and made the soup decadent, yet refreshingly perfect for a cool spring night.

Oh, and before I get to the recipe, I wanted to thank Lauren for the award she passed on to me! Check out her mouthwatering recipes onΒ forevernowandthen!

Lima Bean and Mint Soup (Printable Recipe)


1/2 small red onion–diced

3 tablespoons olive oil

2/3 cup raw almonds (or cashews or walnuts)

1 cup frozen lima beans

1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

1/3 cup white wine



dash cayenne

dash cumin

dash thyme

freshly chopped mint

Orange-Cumin Cream (see below)


*Heat olive oil in medium pot over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent. Stir in lima beans. Cook for 2 minutes. Add pinch of salt, a few grinds of pepper, cumin and thyme. Add the broth and wine. Cover. Simmer for 15 minutes (beans should be tender).

*Blend nuts until smooth, add almond milk, blend until completely incorporated.

*Using a slotted spoon, remove a few lima beans from the pot (set aside for garnish). Add the remaining veggies/broth to blender with almond mixture. Blend until smooth (or use hand blender if you have one). Return soup to clean pot; adjust seasoning, add cayenne. Serve with freshly chopped mint, whole lima beans, and orange-cumin cream.

Orange-Cumin Cream


1/3 cup sour cream (I used vegan)

1 teaspoon orange juice

1/4 teaspoon orange zest

a few grinds black pepper

a couple of dashes of cumin


Stir all ingredients until fully combined.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantraβ€”love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. This looks wonderful! What a creative combination of flavors! I wish I could do that! I could have used a bowl of this soup today as our temperature dropped about 25 degrees from yesterday! Soup was a great idea! (And I love brussel sprouts, too!) : )

  2. Girlie… You are genius in coming up with this recipe. I probably would have turned my nose up at it as a child, but as an adult, it looks sooo good. You should be creating recipes for ritzy, glitzy spas. XOXO

    • LOL! I WISH!!! πŸ˜€

  3. I love the flavors in this!! Orange cumin cream, yum!!

  4. Hi Tiffany! I realize you like to use cumin, and I really really appreciate your recipes because some spices in my cabinet aren’t used often enough (especially I cook Japanese most of the time). So thank you for sharing all these unique recipes. I love reading about it.

    • Yes, Nami! Cumin, curry, and cayenne πŸ˜€

  5. I love lima beans too!!! Lovely recipe! I especially enjoyed the mint and the orange you added in! Great idea!

  6. Lima beans, huh? Yup you were officially a strange child. S’ok tho…cause you rocked those sexy lima beans in this soup! I don’t even like them and I caught myself leaning forward to smell this beautiful dish through my computer screen. Awesome move with the orange-cumin cream. Very clever! Well done πŸ™‚

  7. I loved lima beans as a kid too!

    I remember my mom would sometimes serve us the frozen vegetable mixes that had lima beans in them, and I loved picking them out to eat them first. Such a delicious bean.

    I have a whole bag of them in my freezer too!

  8. great choice with orange and cumin cream!

  9. The sour cream and orange makes it so pretty!

  10. What an unique and creamy soup! Love the addition of almond in them…

  11. What a fantastic combination of flavors! Always loved lima beans and this is a terrific preparation. Thanks!

  12. ohhhh… i bet that cream made the dish. i’m definitely going to try this out! πŸ™‚

  13. What a lovely combination of flavors! Sound absolutely marvelous!

  14. The soup looks really beautiful and sounds so delicious πŸ™‚ I love the combination of flavour in this dish πŸ™‚

  15. I love lime :)) and the orange and cream with mint in this dish just yum yum yummmmmm……lovely.

  16. The weather has changed here too from strawberries n cream weather to soup weather. This sounds like a gorgeous soup to try. Really love all those flavours, especially the addition of orange-cumin cream.

  17. This sounds so lovely! The flavours are irresistable, almonds, beans, orange & mint! I think lima beans are called broad beans in England and habas in Spain but I’m not sure they’re the same thing, do you know?

    • Nope, they’re different. We call broad beans ‘fava’ beans… lima beans are a bit smaller, but they are super similar!

  18. That mint is magical in that soup ! I don;t like bean soup much .. but love the creamy look it’s showing πŸ™‚

  19. What an amazing combination you have put together. I can just imagine how wonderful your kitchen smelled as it was cooking.

  20. Such and interesting mix of flavors.

  21. I’m still not a huge fan of lima beans but I do love mint…and orange…and cumin. Maybe this is the perfect recipe for me to attempt lima beans again. Thanks for sharing it!

  22. I’m thinking of the ways I could use Orange-Cumin cream after I use it with this soup. My husband loves Lima Beans. They’re slowly growing on me. He’s gonna flip over this soup.

  23. this looks great. love the ingredients!! and im sure it tastes delicious πŸ™‚ yummy!

  24. I thought that my 1 1/2 year old was the only child that loved lima beans… so glad to meet another “strange” child πŸ˜‰ …. I am going to make this for her…she will love it!! Thank you so much for sharing!!! xoxo

  25. What is a lima bean? I’ve never seen them or heard of them and I feel like I’m missing out! This looks lovely.

  26. Orange cumin cream… That certainly sounds refreshing! I like how the entire recipe came together beautifully πŸ™‚

  27. Well, I bet your parents were so happy that they didn’t have to twist your arm to eat your veggies. πŸ™‚ I have a niece and nephew who were a bit difficult in this dept. Thank goodness they grew out of it. I think they might even like this soup now–I know I would. πŸ™‚

  28. What a perfect color, I would love to eat this soup!

  29. Another delicious looking soup πŸ™‚ I love soups and love new recipes, thanks for sharing!!!

  30. I am not the biggest lima bean fan, but I adore these flavors…gorgeous soup!

  31. Hola Tiffany, I can relate about liking all veggies as a child and I still do. Your soup looks hearty but not too heavy, one to eat even in the summer. Thanks for participating in this month’s YBR πŸ™‚

  32. I saw this on YBR and absolutely love the creative flavor combo! And that you used almonds and almond milk as a thickener. So smart. Great recipe!

  33. Even though I grew up eating all sorts of veggies from our garden, I never developed a taste for lima beans. I think this is the tastiest use of lima beans I’ve ever seen, thanks for sharing!