Tuesday, May 11, 2010

GreenLove Bean Soup

I bought a packet of GreenLove Mixed Beans the other day at the supermarket. It's a small packet (250 gm) of mixed dried beans - pinto beans, red kidney beans, chickpeas etc which you can use to make either a sweet soup or a savoury one. I prefer savoury soups so that is what I made today.

If you cannot get this particular brand in your supermarket, you can easily buy different varieties of dried beans and mix them together. I could have done that but I was feeling particularly lazy and not in the mood to buy various types of beans. So I opted to buy GreenLove's pre-packed version.

For this soup, you will need additional ingredients such as:

2 tablespoons of wolfberries ("kei chi") - soaked and drained
2 slices of young ginger
8 to 10 dried red dates (soaked in water, remove pits)
200 gm pork or chicken (blanched in boiling water)

Bring to boil a pot of 1.5 to 2 liters water. Once water is boiling, add all ingredients. Again, bring it to a rapid boil for 10 minutes before placing lid on the pot and reducing fire to a mere simmer. Let it simmer for 2 hours. Season with salt about 10 minutes before you turn off the fire. Let the soup sit for 10 minutes before you serve.

Beans are really good for everyone so these days I try to reduce the amount of meat used in the soups. As it stands, beans are a great source of protein so it is always best to eat up the beans in the soup.

Some people recommend soaking the beans overnight before boiling them as this reduces the gassiness caused by eating beans.
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