Thursday, April 14, 2011
Slow-Cooked Adzuki Beans with Butternut Squash
I will be the first to admit I had no idea how to spell Azuki (Adzuki?) and I have only ever had these beans in sweet Asian desserts. So when I tasted a stew over Spring Break that incorporated these small red beans, I knew I had to play with them at home. I bought some dry beans from the bulk section of Whole Foods and decided to play around with a couple of preparations. This stew is easy to make and lets the real flavors of the ingredient shine however some people may find it too tame or bland if you are used to heavily spiced foods. You can play around with the seasonings as desired and maybe even switch up the squash with another varietal or vegetable!
Adzuki Beans with Squash and Wakame
1 cup dry beans
1 or 2 four-inch pieces of dried wakame seaweed
1 lb cubed butternut squash
1 tsp ancho chili powder
1 tsp soy sauce
Soak beans and wakame overnight in slow-cooker vessel. Drain liquid. Pour fresh water until it is barely covering the beans and seaweed. Cook on low for 4 hours. Add squash and seasonings and continue cooking on low for 4 more hours. Enjoy!
One-fourth of the mixture is approximately 150 calories, 0 grams of fat, 30 grams of carbs, 6 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of protein
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