Happy Friday dear readers!
If you read last week’s post about organic food: is it better? then you know I went on an organic food hunt soon after, and I was very lucky to find an absolute bargain: I got 3x400g tins of mung beans for 99p at the 99p shop!
I had only tried mung beans once before, when I first stopped eating meat, and when they are germinated they grow into bean sprouts, so you have probably tried them one way or another.
Mung Beans are widely used in several Asian cuisines and are great for vegetarian and vegan dishes: they contain 7g protein per 100g as well as phosphorus, potassium and vitamin C.
I wanted to try them straight away so I made a 3-Bean Chilli that is ready in about 30 minutes, healthy, vegan and cheap.
Ingredients for 6-8 portions (halve if too much but this can easily be frozen for convenient leftovers):
- Oil for light frying;
- 1 Onion, chopped;
- 2 Carrots, chopped;
- 1 Pepper, chopped;
- 4 Cloves garlic, chopped;
- Chilli flakes;
- 1 Tsp smoked paprika;
- 1 Tsp ground cumin;
- 3x400g Tins of beans: choose which ones you want: red kidney beans, cannellini, butter beans, mung beans…;
- 2x400g Tins chopped tomatoes;
- 200g Sweetcorn (frozen, fresh or from a tin);
- 1 Tbsp oregano;
- 100ml Vegetable stock;
- White/brown rice to serve;
-Start off by gently frying the chopped onion with 2 tbsp of oil in a big saucepan (or a medium one if you’re halving the ingredients) on a medium heat until the onion is soft;
-Add the carrots, the pepper and garlic and turn the heat up to develop flavours, keep stirring to avoid burning the vegetables;
-Lower the heat to medium and add the spices: chilli flakes (a nice pinch, according to taste), the smoked paprika and the cumin, cook for about 2 minutes;
-Add the beans (I chose red kidney beans, butter beans and my organic mung beans) and the chopped tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes, letting it bubble gently( if you are cooking rice with it, it’s great to start to make it now);
-Add the sweetcorn, oregano and stock, let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
Beans are a great source of protein for meat free dishes, they are healthy and cheap.
However, some people avoid beans, including chickpeas, because of the uncomfortable bloating they can cause.
It’s a pity to avoid such a healthy and convenient food and I have a completely natural remedy: Wild Fennel Tea.
Wild Fennel is known for its appetite suppressant properties and, most importantly in our case, its natural carminative (purgative) properties to help correct flatulence, even of infants, so it’s delicate yet effective and 100% natural.
I bought this Dr Stuart’s naturally caffeine free wild fennel tea from Antimony and it is made from pure wild fennel seeds, 15 bags for £1.39, which is so much cheaper than anti-bloating tablets. Many other health shops sell Dr Stuart’s teas, such as chamomile and peppermint, and they are very easy to find and affordable.
The taste is very pleasant: I don’t like liquorice or aniseed yet this infusion’s flavour is very delicate, especially when you have it in a large mug.
Have you tried wild fennel tea?
Do you avoid certain types of food?