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Azuki/Aduki Beans with Kabocha Squash

 Food:

Azuki/Aduki Beans with Kabocha Squash – Makes 8, 1/2c.-3/4c. servings (I make this for mine and Bill-y’s lunches Mon-Thurs)

4-6 inch piece of kombu*

1 1/2c. dried azuki beans (they are sometimes labeled aduki)

2c. heaping of kabocha squash, cut into chunks (peel if not organic, I have found this type of squash at the farmers market, asian market and my health food grocery stores. If you can find this type of squash use butternut squash.)

1 Fresno chile, chopped (not in the recipe but I love Fresno chiles they have a sweet heat)

2-4 cloves garlic, chopped (also not in the recipe but I love garlic)

1/4-1/2 piece of yellow or purple onion, chopped (also not in the recipe but who doesn’t love onion?)

1/4c. Bragg’s liquid amino’s (this is a great product, you can find it at most stores. You can use soy sauce but I would HIGHLY suggest you get Bragg’s liquid amino’s.)

chopped parsley or cilantro for garnish

These humble ingrediants make one 'heck' of a dish!

Getting started! You won't believe that such a simple dish can be this good.

Directions:

1. Combine the kombu and the beans in a bowl and cover with water by an inch or two. Soak overnight. The next day, drain the kombu and the beans and discard the soaking water. Slice the kombu into 1 inch pieces and place them into a heavy pot with a heavy lid, preferably enameled cast iron. Add the beans and enough fresh water to just cover the beans. Bring to a boil.

2. As the beans boil, strain off any foam that rises to the top. Let the beans boil, uncovered, for 5 minutes, as this allows the gasses to release. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 40 minutes. Check the beans every 10 minutes, and add water if the water level dips below the bean level. After 40 minutes add the Fresno chile, onion and kabocha squash, add more water just up to the level of the squash. Place the lid back on the pot and cook another twenty minutes, check to see if the beans are tender. After 20 minutes add the Bragg’s liquid amino’s and the garlic and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Ready! Serve hot right away or ladle into lunch containers.

Toppings: chopped avocado, scallions, parsley, cilantro and DIY Tofu Sour Cream (recipe on the blog) optional 1 tsp miso, stirred in just before eating

Nutrition:

Kabocha- Kabocha squash is a Japanese variety of squash, it is low card and an excellent source of bete carotene which is a very powerful antioxidant and anti-infamnatory. It is also a good source of iron, vitamin C and some B vitamins. Beta carotene can be converted into Vitamin A in the body Vitamin A is important for healthy white blood cells which equals good immunity, it also keeps skin and hair healthy.

Azuki/Aduki Beans– These beans are easy to digest and known to benefit the kidneys and detoxify the body. Pair well with sweet winter squash and root vegetables. (Courtesy of ‘Clean Food’ by Terry Walters) (A staple in my pantry)

*Kombu– A small piece added to grains, soups, sauces and legumes during cooking is an easy way to infuse foods with highly alkalinizing minerals, iron and iodine. Also known for its ability to tenderize legumes and reduce their gaseous properties. (Courtesy of ‘Clean Food’ by Terry Walters) (A staple in my pantry)

Bragg’s Liquid Aminos: Condiment that taste likes soy sauce with a hint of maple. Provides essential building blocks of complete protein. (Courtesy of ‘Clean Food’ by Terry Walters) (A staple in my pantry)

Love:

What can I say, this recipe is a major heavy hitter in the nutrition department. I have made this for the past two weeks for lunch. It is very nourishing, filling and taste amazing. This recipe might not be for everyone but we love it! The recipe came from the cookbook ‘The Kind Diet’ by Alicia Silverstone, I added a few things but the skeleton is hers.

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