The PowerBar Zing you will get from this Recipe –
Firstly, garam masala and turmeric can help with keeping depression at bay, whilst chilli can stimulate us to release endorphins, which make us feel good. These, along with the ‘warming’ sensation are all boosts for our Spirit PowerBar.
The vegetables are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that provide many important health benefits to your body, and Physical PowerBar.
A nutritional powerhouse, butter beans, are full of vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates and protein, and a great source of energy.
This magnesium rich recipe supports all four of your PowerBars, as magnesium deficiency has been linked to depression (Spirit PowerBar), clouded thinking (Mental PowerBar), anxiety (Emotional PowerBar) and insomnia (Physical PowerBar).
Butter beans are also high in complex carbohydrates. This means your body breaks them down into glucose at a slower rate than ‘simple’, refined carbs like potato and white pasta. This means that your PowerBars get sustained energy rather than through a blood sugar spike.
And there is some evidence they can reduce the bad cholesterol too!
Recipe for four
Prepping time: 7 mins
Cooking time – 35 mins
- 1 onion
- Fresh Ginger
- Fresh Garlic
- Vegetables of your choice (in this one I have used courgettes, green beans and spinach)
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1 tin of coconut milk
- 1 tin Butterbeans
- 2 tsp Garam Masala
- 2 tsp Turmeric
- ½ – 1 tsp Chilli powder
- Coconut oil (or olive oil)
- Fresh coriander for garnish
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups of rice of your choosing
- Dice the onion, chop ginger and /or crush the garlic into small pieces, whilst heating a knob of coconut oil in a large saucepan on a medium heat.
- Add the onion and ginger to the saucepan and cook for 3 minutes, add the garlic, stirring regularly.
- Chop your chosen veg into small chunks and add to the pan, once the onions are translucent. Sauté for a few minutes. If you are using spinach add this at the end.
- Add 2 teaspoons of garam masala, 2 teaspoons of turmeric, and chilli powder to taste (½ – 1 teaspoon)
- Follow instructions for cooking rice on the packet and season to taste with salt.
- Add the tins of tomatoes, coconut milk and butter beans.
- Turn it up to full heat to bring to the boil, once boiling, turn down to simmer and put cover until the vegetables are cooked, stirring occasionally.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Chop coriander for garnish.
Tip – have all of the tins open and ready to use
Tip – chop your vegetables before beginning to cook
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Recipe by Vanessa Andrea