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“MORE” kidney friendly ham and beans

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x


This recipe includes modifications to make it more of a renal diet recipe. Although potassium has been decreased from a typical ham and beans recipe, it is still a high amount.  If you are following a potassium restriction please be wise with your portion size or talk with your dietitian about how to fit this in your diet.



  • 1/2 c low sodium ham
  • 1 cup baby lima beans, raw
  • 1 cup white or brown rice, raw
  • 1.5 cups onion, diced
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 32 oz low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (opt)


  1. Add beans and rice in the pressure cooker with 2 cups water and the low sodium chicken broth. Cook per pressure cooker instructions (we did 45 minutes for our dry, unsoaked beans – 20 minutes at pressure and then natural release.
  2. While the beans are cooking, chop and sauté onion and garlic in oil. In a small bowl, make a seasoning mix by combining the vinegar, honey, paprika, salt, pepper, and jalapenos. Once rice and beans and finished, add the onion, garlic, your seasoning mix, and ham. Mix until fully combined. Serve. Can garnish with chives. 


Note: You can also make this recipe with traditional soak and cook methods. It may be difficult to find unsalted baby lima beans in can for this recipe. Substitutions of cannellini beans or other white beans will increase potassium content.

Keywords: renal diet recipes