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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Sesame Adzuki Bean Dip (gluten-free, vegan, ACD)


This dip packs a surprising amount of flavor - warm, nutty, spicy, pungent.  And it couldn't be easier to make! I am including this recipe in this month's SOS Kitchen Challenge, the monthly recipe challenge from Ricki from Diet, Dessert, and Dogs and me. This month our featured ingredient is none other than the versatile adzuki bean, one of my favorite legumes. 

I often use adzuki beans for various bean dips, often highlighting them with the flavors present in Asian cuisine. This dip is no exception, featuring toasted sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and scallions. It is rich and creamy, and is a great way to jazz up raw vegetables, crackers, or collard or brown rice tortilla wraps.  Or, if you're anything like me, you'll enjoy a scoop of it served on a plate with brown rice, sauerkraut, and sauteed greens. 

Want to participate in the adzuki bean fun this month? Simply cook up a new recipe–either sweet OR savory (or both)–using adzuki beans, following the usual SOS guidelines for ingredients and submission requirements.  Then submit it by linking up to your blog post with the linky tool, below the recipe.  Be sure to add a link to this page on your post, and if you wish, include the SOS logo. 

Your recipe will be displayed on both Ricki's and my blog in the Linky, and will be featured in a recipe roundup at the end of this month.  We look forward to more of your delicious, creative, enthusiastic entries this month!  

In the mean time, here's a few other azuki bean recipes from my blog for inspiration:


Sesame Adzuki Bean Dip

yield approx. 1 1/2 cups

  • 2 cups cooked adzuki beans
  • 2 Tbsp roasted sesame tahini
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil (plus more for garnish, if desired)
  • 1 Tbsp South River Azuki Bean Miso (gluten-free and soy-free) or other tolerated miso 
  • 2 tsp umeboshi plum vinegar
  • 1 small very fresh garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger root
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 4 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds (plus more for garnish, if desired - I used black sesame seeds to garnish for a pretty accent)
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped (plus more for garnish, if desired)

Place beans, tahini, oil, miso, ume vinegar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper in a food processor and process until smooth. If too thick for your liking, add leftover bean cooking liquid, broth, or water until it is the desired consistency. Then add sesame seeds and scallions and process briefly to mix in. Serve! If using as a dip in a serving bowl, garnish it with sesame seeds and finely chopped scallion, and a drizzle of toasted sesame oil, if desired.

Refrigerate leftovers in a well-sealed container for up to 5 days.


March SOS Kitchen Challenge: Adzuki Beans

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