The success of the JUST plant-based egg replacer has brought into the spotlight a legume often underrated. Certain Asian cuisines, especially traditional Chinese and Indian meals have always appreciated and made great use of mung beans, but now more people than ever are curious about it. They’re high in protein, potassium, fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, and contain vitamin D.

To help you get started with enjoying this great little legume, here are some delicious mung bean recipes and tips from our Food Monster App.

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1. Beet Tacos With Mung Beans With Blackened Tofu, Radish Slaw, and Crispy Corn

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Sasha Gill‘s Beet Tacos With Mung Beans tick all the boxes. Smoky? Check! Spicy? Check! A little bit crispy? Check! Totally fun to look at and eat? Double check. Yes, these crispy tofu with crisp slaw, mung beans, and corn wrapped up in a vibrant homemade beet tortilla are all that and more. Dig in!

2. Protein Fried Rice With Mung Bean Sprouts and Black Beans

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When you’re making fried rice the options are endless, you could use whatever veggie you prefer and season it to your own liking. This Protein Fried Rice With Mung Bean Sprouts and Black Beans recipe by Anarki Tjon Affo is inspired by Mexican and Chinese cuisine. You could always substitute the vegetables for ones that are more available or preferable for you.

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3. Fresh Korean Bean Sprout Salad 

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Julie Park‘s simple 10-minute Korean Bean Sprout Salad is fresh, crunchy, and addicting. Toss them into a stir-fry, enjoy it as a side dish, mix into a salad, or eat it as is. No matter how you eat it, you’ll love it!

4. Whole Mung Bean Curry 

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Mira Manek‘s warming, homely and hearty Whole Mung Bean Curry is bursting as much with flavor as it is with goodness. It’s great for giving the body a hit of protein and fuel. The fresh ginger and turmeric not only brings out the flavor, but also adds a layer of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. The accompaniments of carrots, cucumber, and radishes, along with flatbread, make the meal all the more eventful.

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5. Mung Bean Burger With Mushroom and Kale 

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This recipe by Maria Llamas makes a hearty vegan burger with a meaty texture and rich and earthy taste! Pair this Mung Bean Burger With Mushroom and Kale with some pesto and tomato for a simple sandwich or meaty wrap!

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6. Ayurvedic Spinach-Mung Detox Soup 

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We all know how stress can take the life out of us! This is the time to slow down, take time to rest, enjoy nature, and savor warm, soothing soups! The combination of mung beans and spinach makes Akshata Sheelvant‘s Ayurvedic Spinach-Mung Detox Soup not only protein-rich but also a nutritiously dense, balanced meal. When we eat according to our body constitution and in tune with the changing seasons, the natural outcome is detoxification and feeling healthier.

7. Minted Quinoa, Corn, and Mung Bean Salad 

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The herby bright notes of parsley and mint in Claire Ragozzino‘s Minted Quinoa, Corn, and Mung Bean Salad combine well with the freshness of the corn and sprouted Mung beans. Try this unique spin on a quinoa salad that will leave you feeling satisfied and balanced.

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8. Moong Dal Sundal: Mung Bean Salad 

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Sundals are lentil or legume-based salads that are often made in South India. This Moong Dal Sundal by Pavani Nandula is great to make for an afternoon snack or as a side dish. The spices add plenty of flavor and the lentils will leave you full and satisfied.

9. Ever Wonder What to Do With Mung Beans? Here are 6 Ideas!

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For plant-based eaters, there are many reasons why you need more mung beans in your life. They can be eaten either raw or cooked, you can add their sprouts to just about anything, and you can easily grow them yourself. Since they are slightly sweet in flavor, try throwing them into your desserts. This is already the case in some Asian countries, where mung bean paste is used to make frozen desserts. Also, they pack a nice nutritional punch – they are high in potassium, fiber, magnesium, and B vitamins, and they are also a good source of vitamin C. Try using these little beans in your own plant-based cooking. Not sure where to start? Try these 6 ideas!

10. 5 Reasons Why You Need More Mung Beans in Your Life Now

Source: 5 Reasons Why You Need More Mung Beans in Your Life Now

Mung beans are small green legumes that have been a part of Chinese cuisine for thousands of years, where they are called nga choi or nga choy. They’re a great addition to any plant-based diet. Here are our top five reasons you need to get more of these little beans in your life — pronto!

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