Rosemary Scarlet Runners Recipe

Rosemary Infused Heirloom Scarlet Runners with Lemon Dressing – recipe from “The Essential Ayurvedic Cookbook” you can purchase at Amazon.

Scarlet runner beans (also called Oregon lima bean or ayocote morado in Spanish) are native to Oaxaca, Mexico, and were among the first domesticated crops in Mexico and Central America. Today, they are grown around the world for both their beans and their bright red edible flowers for which they are named after (although, sometimes they have white flowers!).

Scarlet runners are high in protein, low in carbs, low in calories and a good source of vitamin K, B1, B2, Niacin, B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc and other important trace minerals. They are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and diuretic. Their high folic acid content makes them a beneficial addition to your diet pre-conception and during pregnancy to help avoid neural tube defects.

Unlike some beans, their creamy texture makes you feel more satiated after eating. This makes them a good starting point for anyone considering adding more vegetarian or vegan options to their meals.

From an ayurvedic perspective, Scarlet runners, like most beans, are great for pitta and kapha constitutions. Vata should add liberal amounts of high quality olive oil, or serve in a soup, to help balance out the energetics.

This recipe for Rosemary Scarlet Runners in The Essential Ayurvedic Cookbook is simple. When you start with fresh, organic ingredients it doesn’t require much effort to create a satisfying meal. Tossing the boiled, strained beans in a dressing of lemon juice and olive oil makes an easy and elegant main dish. I’ve plated the beans with kabocha squash puréed with ghee, cinnamon and honey. This makes for a healthy, tri-doshic meal that the entire family can enjoy.

For more information about food combining and how to know what foods will be specifically healthy for you, check out my book or website. Feel free to reach out if you have specific dietary questions and would like a personal consultation.

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