If you are in the mood for a very different style of Chili sure to satisfy, this is it! The is a fusion recipe: traditional chili flavors combined with thai flavors. I was making chili one night for dinner and I had a little bit of coconut milk left over–and you know, shelf life and all–so I threw it into my chili. It worked! I have gotten great reviews with this dish. High in protein, fiber and nutrition. Serve as an entrée or as an appetizer over tortilla chips.
1 (28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1(13-14-ounce) can coconut milk
3 tbs. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
3-4 cloves fresh garlic
1 tsp. fresh chopped ginger
1-2 tbs. chili powder
1-2 tsp. curry powder
¼ cup quinoa- rinsed and drained
4 cups fresh finely chopped kale (or other leafy green)
2 -15 oz. cans black beans- rinsed and drained
1 -15 oz. can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)-rinsed and drained
1 ½ cups fresh (or frozen) corn kernels
2 tsp. coconut sugar or other unrefined natural sweetener (optional)
Add the first eight ingredients (tomatoes, coconut milk, Liquid Aminos, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, chili powder, and curry powder) to a blender. Blend well until mixture is smooth. Add to a saucepan. Add rinsed quinoa to mixture and cook together on medium-high heat for about 15-20 minutes. Add chopped kale and continue to cook for about 5 minutes, until kale becomes tender. Add rinsed beans and cook for several minutes to allow the flavors to mingle. Add corn kernels and cook for a few more minutes. Serve warm or hot. Goes great with basmati rice, millet or corn bread.
Health Benefits of Black Beans
- They are very high in fiber, folate, protein, and antioxidants, along with numerous other vitamins and minerals. Black beans make a complete protein when paired with brown rice, which is often why they are so commonly included in a vegetarian diet.
- Digestive Tract Benefits
The high quantity of both protein and fiber in black beans help to move food through the stomach to the large intestine at a healthier pace. This keeps any one part of the digestive tract from having to work too hard and supports the ideal balance of chemicals and populations of microorganisms required for a healthy digestive system.
- Blood Sugar Regulation
The steady movement of protein and fiber through the digestive system allows for a measured breakdown of food into its component parts. This even breakdown of food helps to curtail extremes regarding simple sugar uptake from the digestive tract. The quantity of fiber and protein in black beans helps avoid extremes.
- Cardiovascular Health
Black beans are abundant in soluble fiber, which is specifically the type of fiber that has been found very helpful in lowering blood cholesterol levels. Lowered risks of coronary heart disease and heart attack have both been associated with increased consumption of soluble fiber, particularly from legumes. Black beans also contain a wide variety of both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which combat cardiovascular disease. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection is particularly important for the cardiovascular system. Black beans are also high in folate and magnesium, both nutrients highly associated with preservation of cardiovascular health, and the antioxidant minerals zinc and manganese.
- Cancer Prevention
Considering that black beans contain at least 8 different flavonoids with enormous antioxidant potential, and their high content of phytochemicals, it’s hardly surprising that studies have connected black bean consumption with reduced risk of certain cancers.
- Nervous System Health
Folate, or vitamin B6, is particularly abundant in black beans. The nervous system relies on folate to produce the amino acids it needs to function. For pregnant women a deficiency in folate can cause the improper development of the fetus’s brain and spinal cord. The high iron content of black beans is also particularly beneficial to pregnant women.
- Rich in Molybdenum
Black beans are an extremely rich source of the trace mineral molybdenum. Molybdenum serves the useful purpose of breaking down and detoxifying sulfites found in foods like salads and wines. Many people are sensitive to sulfites, and may they cause rapid heartbeat, headache or disorientation when consumed.