It’s all too easy to feel a little… out of sorts in the colder months. Vata dominates our being, creating too much dryness, roughness and airiness if we’re not careful to balance it. Being out of balance may cause us to feel anxious, full of mood swings and out of control of our lives. If you’re feeling like this, it’s time to focus on looking after yourself, it’s time to become grounded.
The recipe below is made to help you feel rooted and secure, with the help of our favourite tuber sweet potato, and protein packed adzuki beans. Adzuki beans are small red beans accompanied with a white stripe and many amazing health benefits. They are widely grown throughout East Asia and are well known for their high nutrient content. We’ve listed our favourite 5 benefits of incorporating these beans into your diet below:
5 Benefits of Adzuki Beans
- Help maintain a normal blood sugar level.
- Packed with antioxidants (perfect for disease fighting).
- High protein content, so great for plant-based athletes.
- Improve heart health with their high concentrations of dietary fibre, folate, potassium, magnesium and B vitamins.
- High fibre = healthy weight management due to faster satiation.
Adzuki Bean & Sweet Potato Bake Recipe
- 1 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra for the sweet potato
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 tsp chilli flakes, plus a little extra for the sweet potato
- ½ tbsp red wine vinegar
- thumb-size piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated, plus a little extra for the sweet potato
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- 150ml coconut milk
- ½ vegetable stock cube
- 225g adzuki beans (either tinned or soaked overnight in water)
- 1 tsp yeast extract
- 1 heaped tsp miso paste
- 100g peas (fresh is better, frozen is okay)
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and finely sliced into rounds
- Preheat the oven to 180°C
- Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion, carrot, garlic and chilli flakes. Cook until the onion becomes translucent.
- Add the red wine vinegar and cook over a high heat until it evaporates.
- Reduce the heat and add the grated ginger, followed by the tomato purée, coconut milk, peas and stock cube. Simmer until the vegetables are soft.
- Drain and rinse the adzuki beans and add to the saucepan, along with the miso paste and yeast extract. Simmer gently for 10 minutes and transfer to a casserole dish.
- In a mixing bowl, stir the sweet potato slices with a little olive oil, grated ginger, chilli flakes and salt. Line the top of the casserole with the sweet potato slices, overlapping where necessary.
- Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for a further 20 minutes until crispy and golden.