Recipe Courtesy of Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNSWith Thanksgiving officially in the rearview mirror, there are plenty of people who don’t want to see another plate of turkey and stuffing until November 2017. There are others, however, who chose to take advantage of the great prices on turkey and now how freezers full of lean, healthy protein. And if that’s you, I have the perfect recipe.This chili is perfect for this time of year, when the weather is chilly and holiday business demands one-pot meals. In addition to the turkey, which provides protein and healthy fats, there are also adzuki beans. They’re not as common as kidneys or pintos, but there are popular in Asian cuisines, and thanks to their high mineral content (this recipes provides 25% of the recommended daily allowance of iron), adzuki beans are also a key component of my healing diet.The healing diet can help you recover from many chronic health conditions, including leaky gut, diabetes, obesity and even depression, and this recipe is ideal for helping you regain your health and actually enjoy your meals while you’re at it.
Although we generally think of them as a favorite Japanese food, adzuki beans are believed to have been domesticated in the Himalayas several thousand years ago. By 1,000 B.C. they appeared in China, then later in Japan, where today they are second only to soybeans.
They are small and cook quickly, and the tannins in their skins give the soup added color and flavor. This light miso soup is perfect for those occasions when you want to take the edge off your appetite without stuffing yourself to the gills, or when you want a lot of broth with just a little bit of substance to it.
You could also add some small cubes of tofu for extra protein.
Adzuki beans are used in many oriental foods. They are usually made into red bean paste and then into desserts! In Somalia, they enjoy a dish called 'cambuulo' which is adzuki beans with butter and sugar. Since I can't go to Somalia to try it, I made up this version. I hope you like it!
This is a Gillian McKeith recipe that I've grown to enjoy. I have added diced sweet potatoes to the veggie mix at times for a sweeter taste with wonderful results. Keep in mind that cook time will vary on how soft or crisp you like your sweet potato topping.