Annnd I don't have a smooth transition sooo...
Continuing on my mission to incorporate more protein into my vegan diet...I give you this gem. The recipe is loosely based off of a recipe from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. It happens to be one from her "superhero" diet recipes, meaning it is extra nutrient dense. The only thing that would make it more superhero-esque would be to add back in the kombu (a type of seaweed). You are more than welcome to do that, I just didn't have it on hand.
This is a warm, filling, comforting dish. It is hearty and delicious and a good way to begin branching out to a more natural, unprocessed diet. Although it may not photograph well, I urge you to try it or let it inspire you to create something similar : )
Adzuki Beans with Kabocha Squash and Kale
1 cup adzuki beans, dry
2 cups kabocha squash, cut into chunks and peeled if not organic (acorn or butternut squash works too)
1 tbs tamari or shoyu (soy sauce), divided
1 tbs olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
6 cups kale, roughly chopped
Place beans in a large pot and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes. Check water level every 10 minutes and add water as necessary to keep level just above beans. Cover the beans and let simmer 20 more minutes; still checking the water level every 10.