Saturday, January 9, 2010

Adzuki Bean & Yam Hash

Alright, an elimination diet breakfast recipe seems to be in order. We've been enjoying this recipe all week. I just don't think it gets any better than yams, beans, and collard greens! What a nutritious way to start your day! Use this recipe during Phase 2 of our Elimination Diet

Tom couldn't get enough of this recipe and kept going back for more each time I made it. In fact, I keep finding his empty bowls in the office! We have been serving this over cooked quinoa with sliced avocado on top. I bet it would also be great wrapped in Napa cabbage leaves as a "burrito."

Adzuki Bean & Yam Hash

As long as you have your adzuki beans cooked and a pot of quinoa on the stove you'll be able to whip this recipe up in no time. The key is to dice the yams very small, this way they cook quickly without burning.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 medium yams, peeled and diced small
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups cooked adzuki beans
4 to 5 collard greens, finely chopped*
Herbamare and black pepper to taste

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. I use an 11-inch stainless steel skillet. Add olive oil, onions and a few dashes of salt. Sauté for a few minutes.

Then add yams, thyme, and cumin. Sauté for a few minutes uncovered then cover your pan and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until yams are tender. Watch carefully so they don't burn.

Add adzuki beans and collard greens. Sauté a few minutes more, or until collards are tender. Add Herbamare and pepper to taste. Source:

*Notes: To finely chop collard greens, first stack the leaves on top of each other. Then tightly roll. Use a sharp knife to thinly slice the collards, then cut those slices crosswise into small pieces.

I will be teaching an Elimination Diet cooking class this coming Monday, January 11th at our local co-op. I think there are still a few spaces left. If you are interested you can call the co-op or view our website for more info. I'll be sharing a bunch of new recipes not featured here. Hope to see some of you there!

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Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University. She is the founder of Whole Life Nutrition, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them, and offers elimination diet recipes, healthy gluten-free recipes, paleo and vegan recipes, as well as tips for feeding your family a nourishing, whole foods diet. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!


  1. www.rubberstamptapestry.comJanuary 10, 2010 at 5:59 AM

    What a beautiful dish to put on the table! It looks SO healthy and delicious and I will definitely be trying it. Thanks for your wonderful ideas.

  2. Ali,

    This looks sooo good and I'm on a mission to get back to my normal eating patterns. Your adzuki bean and yam hash recipe is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner and fits nicely into what I'm eating right now. Perfect! And perfect timing. Thank you!


  3. All my favorite foods! Of course, you know me by now, I will soak and sprout the beans first. Plus I'm always looking for a savory dish for brekkie - thanks, Ali.
    P.S. Just bought your book - can't wait to receive it!

  4. Ali,

    Where can I buy adzuki beans? I cannot find them at either Whole Foods or PCC here in Seattle (though they may be at one location and not at the other).


  5. We had this for a Phase I dinner and loved it so much I will probably eat it again for breakfast! Sauteed the beet greens and served the lentils on top.

    Katie, I did find the Adzuki and Mung beans at the Fremont PCC.

  6. Tried this last night with red cabbage since we had no leafy greens other than Romaine in the house! Very pretty and tasted good. Adzuki beans seem to take forever to cook, about an hour and a half and they were still crunchy. Is it possible I bought an old batch? Maybe soaking them next time will help? Also those cinammon truffles are a huge hit, had to make a second batch. Thanks for giving us some variety in delicious recipes throughout this diet! Wendy

  7. This looks so yummy, I can't wait to try it!
    Sadly, I'm still trying to recover from the disappointment of ruining 3/4ths of the large batch of Summer Vegetable Kitcheree I made last night...the portions I put in the freezer are totally freezer burned. :( How can I freeze portions of yummy cooked food for later so they will stay fresh? Thanks, I appreciate it!


  8. Thank you Tisha, I found the adzuki beans in the bulk bins at PCC. :)

  9. I made this today and it was fabulous! My children would never have eaten this for breakfast in the past. I guess "starving" them on green smoothies did the trick

    I am posting about our family's elimination diet on my health blog

    Thank you for providing this information

  10. A couple of quick Elimination Diet questions:
    1) When should vinegar be reintroduced?
    2) What's the protocol if one slips up a bit? (I'm thinking specifically of a couple of glasses of wine on an odd night out with the hubby!) Is it back to the beginning, or will a few extra days of Phase 1 suffice?


  11. Ali,

    I am actually not on the elimination diet but am really enjoying all of the healthy recipes you are sharing. I made this one for dinner last night and although my kids weren't too fond of it, I love it. It made a great breakfast this morning as well. I'm dying to try the cinnamon truffles....just need to get more dates. I'll let you know what my kids say about that one.
    thanks again! Lara

  12. A few more elimination diet questions:
    Can rice flour that was milled at a facility that mills gluten products spoil the whole gluten free diet or is that more a problem for the ones that are severely allergic to gluten? Also, those on or those who has been on an elimination diet - what are your symptoms during this time and for how long?
    Thank you so much for the work you do Ali!

  13. That looks so comforting and soothing! I love love love all of the ingredients - yum =D.

  14. I love anything hash ;-) and you're right this dish would make a great filling for burritos ... or wraps or similar.


  15. Cross contamination can really screw up a gluten free diet. Anything measuring an 1/8 of a teaspoon can reek havoc on your gut. I saw this information on the Dr. Oz show. Be care all the item you buy or labeled gluten free. Hope this helps.

  16. Hello everyone! I do not know where to start but hope this site will be useful for me.
    I will be glad to receive some assistance at the start.
    Thanks and good luck everyone! ;)

  17. I am so excited to cook this tomorrow. My cousin and I started the smoothie cleanse on Monday, and can't wait for real food. This sounds like it will be a great staple during phase 1.


  18. I just started the Elimination diet and this is my first real meal. I couldn't wait to eat today! I munched on a whole carrot while I sauteed my Adzuki Bean & Yam Hash. I had to substitute Chinese greens for the Collard greens and go without Herbamare but it is still yummy!

  19. Karen in SeattleJuly 27, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Another Yummy Success!! I just commented on your "healing quinoa and cabbage soup" and I have to tell you - this is another tasty meal!

    I love the subtle sweetness from the onions and yams. It truly adds a great dimension to this dish that I haven't had in a very long time! Food was either salty or sweet ... no in between.

    This is a perfect nourishing dish!! Thanks again!! :D

  20. My goodness what a fantastic dish! We couldn't get enough of it and my 2 1/2 year old boys enjoyed it also!! The flavours complimented each other so nicely. My husband wants to put this into a wrap next time. I'm on day 30 of the elimination diet and coming across this was a pleasant change! Thank-you!

  21. I have an Elimination Diet question, as I just started this week. Can I eat garbanzo beans/chickpeas?

  22. Whoa! This is GREAT! I love eating greens and adzuki beans or mung beans for breakfast ... have occasionally added yams ... wonderful to see a real dish I can share with friends ... everyone thinks I'm a little weird to have these foods for BREAKFAST!

    I'm also getting away from eating so much rice, including rice milk. Have been making fresh almond milk, so now I can enjoy quinoa more. Quinoa and rice don't go well together ... at least not in my body.

  23. Hello! I googled "adzuki beans" for recipes since I had a couple cans sitting around that I didn't know what to do with. Lo and behold, I had one big yam and had just picked up some collard greens and made this dish, adding a dash of ume plum vinegar at the end and serving it on millet. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  24. I used this recipe as a starting point and it turned out great!
    I didn't have collards and yams so I used kale and sweet potato instead. It was delicious.

  25. Delicious! I continue to love your blog and recipes. Thanks!


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