Mung bean, spinach and prawn coconut curry.
Hands up if this has happened to you too? You’re doing your cupboard clear out when suddenly, a packet of strange looking beans jump out. Your mind flashes back to January, an article you read in the latest Health magazine- they were good for weight loss or something! Maybe it even mentioned lose pounds and support your liver through food?!
Listen up, I am here to tell you not to fear the funny little beans. The health magazine was right they have amazing weight loss, energy boosting, nutrient packed qualities. But most of the time we read it, we buy them, we leave them to grow roots….. Literally growing roots in the darkest corner of the cupboards. Fear not, I’m here to help you overcome your fear of cooking with beans. The benefit being, lose pounds and support your liver through food. Through this we can work towards hormone balancing, reducing stress, low moods and gut issues.
Benefits of yummy Mung beans
- A great source of B vitamins, Vitamin C, folate, iron, copper, magnesium, and vitamin K.
- Fantastic amount of fibre which helps eliminate toxins through the gut quicker. Around 15 grams per cooked cup. That’s about half your recommended 30 grams a day. BAM…..
- High in antioxidants and flavonoids which helps the liver detoxify unwanted substances.
- High in veggie protein, which as we know is essential for hormone production and weight loss to name just 2 benefits.. The protein & Fibre combo is a win win when it comes to weight loss and cravings. One cup of cooked mung beans has about 15 grams of protein. That’s the same as 2 medium eggs. BAM….
Cycle syncing phase?Lose pounds and support your liver through food
Again eating well has its place in any part of your cycle. But when eating cyclically we want to ensure we are getting the nutrients our body needs during each phase to support balanced hormones, detoxification, gut health, stable blood sugar, fertility, bad pmt & weight loss. This recipe is great during the middle part of your cycle- Follicular & ovulatory phases. When hormones are on the rise during these phases one priority is looking to support digestion and detoxification. Packed full of lean protein, greens, & sulphur veggies it’s a win win recipe. You can adapt some of the ingredients to fit whatever phase of your cycle your in. Remember cycle syncing nutrition & movement is about small consistent lifestyle changes to support you, not to overwhelm you. If one goal is to lose pounds and support your liver through food, your inn the right place.
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil.
- A Tbsp whole cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, ground chilli, turmeric
- 7 cloves of crushed garlic
- 1 can of 330ml coconut milk
- 1 packet of 330ml of pasata
- 3 cups of mung beans
- 3 cups of water
- Bag of Prawns(optional)
- Cup of chopped broccoli and cauliflower
- 2 tablespoons of grated ginger
- Half a bag of spinach
- 1/2 teaspoon of Salt
- Juice of 2 limes & the zest
- 1 tablespoon of lemongrass puree
- Heat the cooking oil over medium-high heat.
- Add the cumin seeds & cumin powder and cook for about 1 minute, be wary not to burn.
- Crush the garlic and for about 2 mins keep stirring so it doesn’t stick and burn the garlic.
- Next add the pasata, ginger, coriander, turmeric, salt, and cayenne.
- Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes, and keep stirring.
- Add the water and mung beans. Increase the heat to high , bring to boil, then reduce to low, and simmer for about 25-30 minutes, stir to prevent the mixture sticking to the bottom.
- I always suggest to taste a few mung beans to make sure they are cooked. Once cooked, stir in the coconut milk, and lemongrass simmer for about 10 minutes.
- In a separate pot steam the broccoli & cauliflower. Once cooked put aside and add to the bottom of your serving bowl( I don’t like the veg breaking down in my curry.
- Now you can add the lime juice & grated zest.
- Add the raw prawns and spinach about 1 minute before finishing.
- I am not a fan of coriander( I know weirdo right!) but if you like feel free to add as garnish on top. If you would like more heat try adding some chopped chillies on top.
Other articles of interest
The benefits for other health conditions is also evident. I have included a link if you wanted a little more information.
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