This meal has replaced chicken and dumplings as my favorite comfort food. It only has four ingredients, which makes it insanely easy to make, and it is deeply revitalizing.
When I first decided that I wanted to prepare this dish from The Kind Diet, I wasn’t expecting to go on a quest for the holy grail, in this case azuki beans. I could not find these mythical beans anywhere! I searched the local grocery stores, health food stores, and even my beloved Whole Foods without any luck. I was totally discouraged because even if I substituted these beans with something else, such as black beans, I knew it just wouldn’t be the same as Alicia’s dish. I had to find these damn beans!
I vowed to never give up and I continued to search for this key ingredient….and I finally found it! It was hiding at my local farmer’s market. Elated, I grabbed the beans and joyously returned home to prepare this meal.
I loved the way this smelled while I was cooking it. It reminded me of the ocean because of the kombu and I couldn’t stop smiling. I feel like it transported me to a warm, serene beach instead of the snowy Midwest.
I also really loved the soft texture of the dish. The squash gave this recipe a sweet flavor. My husband and I both enjoyed this, but my toddler,A, was less than thrilled. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting her to be a fan because what three year old likes beans? Not mine,anyway.