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mung bean soup recipe

The Holidays were here (yikes! Months of a candy-filled Halloween, Thanksgiving feasts, and holiday cocktail parties!!), and the right along with them comes the panic to fit into your perfect party dress comes. Instead of wasting money on some crazy expensive crash diet that can only lead to the yo-yo effect, try this surprisingly yummy and nutritious soup. The mung bean soup cleanse is easy and tastes similar to lentil soup. Mung Beans have been a part of a traditional Ayurvedic diet in India for thousands of years. Mung beans are considered the most cherished foods and they are Tri-Doshic, meaning that they can balance all three doshas, the three energies believed to circulate in the body and govern bodily activities, especially when cooked with spices appropriate for each dosha.

Mung beans are inexpensive and easy to buy online at Bob's Red Mill or find in the bulk food section of your local health food store. To start, buy about 2 cups - one cup for this batch and one for the next!

This soup and the herbs it is made with naturally detoxify the body. If you can tolerate it for all meals GO FOR IT! Or start slowly by interspersing the soup with healthy meals full of veggies and lean proteins. If you really need to shed a few pounds before that big party, eat this soup for 3 days before and drink LOTS of water. The beauty of this soup is its taste and healthy qualities. Whenever you feel like you've overindulged, just make a pot and eat clean for a few days. As with anything, don't go overboard as that's not what this is about. This is about being good to your insides and reaping the rewards-the gentle cleanse. I find when I do this that I am pretty full the first day and as digestion gets cleaner and easier I am hungry more often and therefore the need to eat soup more often. If you are taking it to work you may want to put in a thermos or bring enough for the fridge to heat when you are ready to eat.   Enjoy!
3 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil (we prefer coconut)
1/4 cup chopped onions
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
2 pinch Hing or asafoetida (buy in specialty spice shops or ethnic grocery)
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 TBSP coriander
1 cup mung beans- preferable whole green
7 cups water
sea salt and pepper to taste
2 cups chopped kale, optional to add at the end
In a large soup pot heat the oil and gently saute the onions and garlic until slightly translucent. Add the ginger, spices and mung beans and saute another minute until the mixture is fragrant. Add the water, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes stirring occasionally.
At 30 minutes check to see the mung beans have softened. By this time it should resemble lentil soup. You may need to cook another 15 minutes or so, checking for tenderness. This is a good time to season with the salt and pepper and add optional kale.
Voila! A healthy cleanse that is really easy to prepare.








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