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Baked lima beans and veggies on a white plate

Baked Lima Bean Recipe (Gigantes Plaki)

This traditional Greek baked lima bean recipe with added veggies is a one stop meal. Gigantes plaki is loaded with protein, perfect for all ages and so flavorful! 
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Greek
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword lima beans recipe, vegan Greek food
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 101kcal
Author Sophia DeSantis


  • 2 cups lima beans , dried
  • 1 sweet onion , diced (about 3 inch diameter)
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil for sautéing , optional or use 1/3 cup broth for oil free
  • 2 carrots , chopped (about 5 inches long)
  • 2 stalks celery , chopped (about 8 inches long)
  • 1 pound fresh spinach , chopped (or Swiss chard or both)
  • 1 pound fresh tomatoes , diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley , chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Wash and soak the beans in a pot overnight.
  • The next day, drain the beans and add enough fresh water to cover them. Cook over low heat until half tender, about 30 minutes, drain, and save the broth.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C
  • In a large pot sauté the onions in veggie broth or olive oil for 2-3 minutes until they begins to get translucent. 
  • Add the garlic, carrots, celery, spinach and/or Swiss chard and sauté for a couple more minutes. 
  • Add beans and mix well.
  • Add tomatoes, salt and pepper and sauté for another minute. Then add parsley and mix well.
  • Add enough reserved broth from the beans to barely cover them. If you don’t have enough reserved broth, then use water for the rest (you can also use extra veggie broth).
  • Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes stirring, occasionally. Add more broth if needed. You don’t want it to get too dry.
  • Transfer to a 9 x 12 glass baking dish, cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes, or until beans are tender and liquid has evaporated.
  • Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot!


  • If you can’t find lima beans, you can also use corona beans.
  • You can also use canned/boxed/jarred tomatoes instead of fresh if you prefer. The taste will change a bit, but it will still work.
Tips to prep ahead:
  • Wash and soak the beans, chop veggies and parsley.
Baby/toddler food idea:.
  • Great baby and toddler food. For babies puree as needed for age. Add liquid of choice to thin out if needed.


Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 267mg | Potassium: 834mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 8695IU | Vitamin C: 32.1mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 3.2mg