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azuki bean love

4 Dec

IMG_2460So many beans, so little time!

Step out of your comfort zone and try cooking with Japanese azuki (or adzuki, aduki) beans.

They are like wonder beans. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, they are low in calories, and high in nutrition (containing magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, B vitamins), plus they are easier to digest than other beans, how wonderful is that?

Match up your azuki beans with soaked brown rice, and miso dressing, and you’ve got yourself a match made in heaven.

Enjoy this warm, rich, and satisfying meal, with some greens on the side!

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 8 hours soaking time + ~45 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. brown rice, soaked and cooked (here’s why you should soak your grains, and how)
  • 1 c. azuki beans, soaked and cooked (add kombu to the pot for extra nutrition, and increased digestibility)
  • 1 T. miso paste
  • 1.5 t. honey
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. rice wine vinegar (or lemon)
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sesame seeds
  • Tamari (optional)
  • Green onion (optional)

Directions: 

1. Prep: Soak rice, and azuki beans. Add them to their respective pots filled with water, bring to a boil, then down to a simmer, and cook for 30-45 minutes, or until soft.

2. Create the Dressing: Meanwhile, whisk together miso paste, honey, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and salt. Use this time to steam up some greens.

3. Assemble: In your favorite bowl, add rice, beans and mix. Top with miso dressing, and garnish with sesame seeds and optional green onion.