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Frugal Friday ~Adzuki Beans~

 

I am excited to share a new find with you all.  Meet the Adzuki Bean!     A.K.A.    Aduki  Bean.  The name is interchangeable!

Adzuki beans are little powerhouses of antioxidant benefits for us Mamas, and I am all about finding the most healthful….most nutritional dense food I can find!

I originally heard about Adzuki beans on a You Tube channel I follow Road To The Farm.  I love Melanie’s channel, and she shares some great recipes as well!  I don’t watch TV, and as I’ve shared before, I am a wannabe Homesteader (HaHa)…so YouTube fills the bill!!

At any rate, as  always, We encourage you to DO Your Own Research!  Educate yourselves to make the best choices for you and your family!!

So I set out on a quest to research this bean……The following is some of the information I found.

Adzuki Beans vs. Kidney Beans

This is a portion of a  article written by Dr. Axe.com I also follow his YouTube channel.

You might be wondering what differentiates adzuki beans from, say, kidney beans.  It’s a good question, since most beans are good for you — but few pack as great a punch as adzuki beans.  Here’s how these two stack up:

  • Compared to kidney beans, adzuki beans have more calories, but they also have more protein and fiber per serving. NWhen it comes to vitamins and minerals, adzuki beans beat kidney beans every time minus being equals when it comes to thiamine and vitamin B6.
  • Adzuki beans and kidney beans consumption can both increase antioxidant intake, which protects against inflammation and disease, boosts heart health, and helps you maintain a healthy blood sugar, making them excellent for diabetics.
  • Adzuki beans have more protein than kidney beans so for vegetarians or athletes looking to increase their protein intake, adzuki beans are a better choice.
  • Adzuki beans are a better choice for people suffering from anemic symptoms or low energy since they have a higher iron content than kidney beans.
  • Kidney beans have less calories than adzuki beans so if calories are a primary concern, kidney beans can be a better choice.
  • Kidney beans can almost always be found in your local grocery store, but adzuki beans can be more difficult to find.

So I found Adzuki beans at our local health food store

I store my beans in a glass jar, peel off the label from the package and tape to the front. I purchased these at our local Health Food Store. 16oz for $2.85 I do the same with rice & quinoa.

Soak the beans in cold water overnight

Place in Pot and bring to a boil. Once you reach a boil, cover and simmer for approx. 45-1 hour.

I did this task while I was preparing dinner earlier in the week. Once cooked and cooled I placed in fridge.

Sorry for the poor pic, but this is 6 bags of cooked Adzuki beans for the freezer.  I place various amounts from 1/2- 1.5 cup servings. Depending on the recipe I am making will depend how much I will need. I like the variation.

Final cost about .47cents/per cup!

Note: I could not find these beans in my local supermarkets. Here is a link to Amazon, but they are more expensive than what I found them for at my Health food store, but if you can’t find them in your area this may be an option for you!!

Hope you all have an awesome weekend!!

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