Adzuki Beans with Meyer Lemon, Tomato and Olive Salad (No Added Fat)
Weaver Street Market, has had organic Meyers regularly in stock. I wondered what it would be like to cook with pieces of these sweet lemons. Here is what I did.
- 1 cup dry Adzuki beans
- Ample water to cover beans with and then to barely cover
- Vegan bouillon cube
- 2 medium carrots cut into 1/4" lengths and then quartered (about a cup)
- 1 clove garlic, finely (1/8") diced
- (optional) 2t chopped basil (I used frozen basil cubes)
- 1t finely (1/8") chopped ginger root
- 5 leaves kale, stems excepted (composted), and roughly hand torn into approximately 3/4" squares (I used both red and green varieties of kale)
- 1/3 medium Meyer lemon, seeds removed, cut into 3/8" cubes, skin and fruit both (alternatively, one could use the juice of 1/3 medium lemon or lime and, optionally, a teaspoon of organic citrus zest)
- 1/2 cup onion cut into 3/8" cubes (I actually used a medium shallot that ended up being about 1/3 cup)
- 1/2 t (or to taste) salt
- (optional) 1/8 t turmeric
- I rinsed a cup of adzuki beans then put ample boiling water over them and let them sit for about 5 hours.
- I was out but had my wife rinse the beans and put them in the Instant Pot pressure cooker with just enough water to cover them and a bouillon cube, and cook for 12m.
- After the cooking was done, I waited a few minutes and gently released pressure. It turns out that my wife added extra water, which I drained. The beans were good and done, though a bit firm. I added the carrot, garlic, basil, ginger, kale, and lemon, then cooked for 2 more minutes.
- When I was ready to serve, I opened the pot slowly, and added shallot, salt, and turmeric.
The salad was excellent! I should make this salad reasonably regularly when good tomatoes are available, and the stores seem to just be ramping up with good tomatoes. I am quite happy with the texture, taste, and, of course, nutrition of the "super grains" mix and should either keep buying this combination or make this or other similar mixes.