Looking for a meal that will give you all the nutrients and proteins and taste great at the same time. This one is so easy a child can cook it. As we now know animal fats and fast food is just not right for us. The more we Segway into the world of plant-based diets the healthier we become. This is an easy one to start with. If you like a healthy tomato sauce/soup mixed with some butternut squash, peppers and garlic and turmeric this recipe you are going to love. However butternut squash and tomatoes are healthy on there own, but to make the meal complete you need to add one very important item, and that is protein. Mung beans are one of the best sources of protein and also have zero cholesterol. Not only will you find this recipe delicious and nutritious but it will be filling and give you extra that you can portion off during the week.
First start off with grape tomatoes if you can find the multicolored ones great, if not the Red ones will do. Next, some baby red peppers or again multicolored if available if not red peppers will do, and you can even use yellow or orange if you prefer. Butternut squash some stores have them already cut in chunks such as Trader Joe’s, or if not available, you can buy a butternut squash Cutting in half then take out all seeds and peel and cut them into 1″ x 1″ cubes. Clean your vegetables good then dry them. Use a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to coat them and mix them around with your fingers to make sure they’re all evenly coated. Use a small amount of kosher salt to taste and freshly ground pepper if your garlic lover use 4 to 5 cloves or more, the choice is yours.
Set the oven to 375°F use a glass baking dish and make sure to not overcrowd the vegetables for approximately 40 minutes a little less or a little longer depends on your oven just make sure they don’t burn. So now you have your tomato sauce cooking, or what soon will be a tomato sauce now comes the Mung beans they look like little green peas, but they’re chock full of protein and offer zero cholesterol which is a good thing. Adding a cup of mung beans in a few cups of water start boiling them and add more water as needed till they are cooked if you like them al dente great but don’t stir and stir them till they become mush. You can add some spices if your fan of curry, not the basketball guy, great if not no worries.
Many ethnic food stores sell premixed spice packets, find one that you like and use a little to taste, and this is going to be something that you may want to experiment with to find the right plan. You can, of course, use just a little salt and pepper, and you’re ready to go. By the time the 40 minutes sets has come Mung beans should be close to being done so take out the baking dish from the oven and set aside. Using an immersion blender or standup blender, I happen to use an immersion blender so that I will place in a steel bowl all the tomatoes and such, NOT the Mung Beans and blend away adding a little bit of almond milk to thin it out a little. The time has come to plate. Now simply add a couple of heaping tablespoons of the Mung beans in a bowl and four or five heaping tablespoons of your sauce and enjoy.
This is a plant-based living meal at a beginners level it’s just that easy. The fact is it is if like you a pasta dish only this is cholesterol free and extremely healthy for you with properties such as turmeric that will not only help your blood pressure but give you so many other healthy benefits that will help you live a longer healthier life enjoy. If you have any recipes such as these and you wish to share, please feel free to use our comment section we are also looking for guest bloggers who share the same interest in a plant-based lifestyle.