From My Kitchen to Yours

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Cooking For The Week!

Who is not busy?  Like many of you, my days are always  filled with travel, teaching and counselling.  The way I prioritise my time is therefore of the upmost importance.  Having a game plan is the key  to making sure there is always something available at home for a quick meal.

The key to success is to prep and cook at the weekend when time is not of the essence.  When we have the desire to move away from supermarket pre-packed foods and carry-outs and feed our bodies with ‘real’ food our priorities change.    Sure, there are many who prefer to ‘chill’ out and do more leisurely pursuits having worked hard all week but if you think of cooking as a leisurely pursuit then you will not perceive it as a chore.

I hope this video is helpful to you as I share my tips from my kitchen to yours. One cup of azduki beans makes a jug of medicinal tea, burgers and dessert.  Can you believe it?

The Amazing Azduki Bean

Azduki Bean Tea

Great for strengthening the kidney/bladder/adrenal function

Soak 1 cup of adzuki beans and a 2 inch strip of kombu seaweed for 4 or more hours. Discard the water and add the beans and kombu to a pot with 4 cups of filtered water. Bring to a boil then simmer for 25 minutes. Strain out the beans and drink the liquid when hot.  You can store this tea in the refrigerator and re heat for a second or third cup.  Add more water to the pot and continue cooking the beans until soft to the bite. The good news is you now have the beans to make your burgers and dessert. Clever or what!

Adzuki bean tea is one of the easiest teas to make and it’s wonderful for the kidneys.  Medications that many people take put a lot of stress on the kidneys couple that with adrenal exhaustion and your kidneys become completely overloaded. This tea helps lift the load.

If you’re new to the adzuki bean (also known as azuki or aduki) they pack such an incredible nutritional punch for such a tiny bean.  They are LOADED with protein and also contain calcium, thiamine, niacin, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin, and a lot of folate.

Azduki Bean Burgers

2 cups cooked and drained adzuki beans

½ grated onion

¼ cup toasted sunflower seeds

1 tbsp tamari or shoyu (organic soya sauce)

1 tbsp dried or fresh sage, coriander or herbs of your choice (leaves only) finely diced

Pinch of sea salt and pepper (optional)

Buckwheat flour

Organic sunflower frying oil

Mash the adzuki beans in a bowl and add the onion, sunflower seeds, tamari or shoyu and some fresh or dried sage and mix well.  Next add enough flour to bind the mixture together but just enough so it remains slightly sticky.

Form into burger shapes (tip; flour your hands so the mixture does not stick to them)

Heat a heavy bottomed pan and fry the burgers in a generous amount of hot oil in a frying pan for 3-4 minutes on each side.

Serve with baked pumpkin slices on top and drizzled with a reduced sauce.

Note; Use canned organic azduki beans – no cooking necessary.

Chocolate Azduki Bites

1 cup of cooked beans

1 cup of pecans

8 or so soft dates (stones removed)

¼ cup cocoa powder

¼ tsp of vanilla extract

¼ tsp salt

Blend all the ingredients together to make a creamy mixture.  If the mixture is too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water.

Take a heaped teaspoon and roll into balls, if you prefer larger balls use a tablespoon.  Roll in chopped nuts, desiccated coconut or cocoa powder. Truly scrumptious and healthy.

Note; Use canned organic azduki beans – no cooking necessary.

For more delicious recipes please checkout my website.

In good health





1 Comment

  1. Dear Marlene,

    Once again a huge thank you for all the fabulous and exciting ‘free’ recipes that we receive each month from your wonderful health kitchen!! I loved everything connected to the adzuki beans. I’m a huge fan of them and they are very important to my health and well being after recovering from a ill health. I was also ‘super excited’ to find that you can actually incorporate them into truffles!! An absolute must for my husband who suffers from a ‘very sweet tooth’!!!! Thanks a million again and wonderful to see Clearspring promoting your wonderful WLNW creation!! Looking forward to next months edition. Love and best wishes xx

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