I grew up with monggo (or mung beans) as a staple meal. It was served for either lunch or dinner in my house, and was one of those “ordinary” dishes that would pop up on the menu on a Tuesday. I didn’t find anything special about it nor did I really crave for it, though I have to say I did always eat it when it was in front of me. No doubt, I took it for granted all those years. That was, of course, before I started planning my own menu and preparing my own meals at home. Now, it is a treat to have it as a meal. It has become one of my go-to comfort foods, as it brings me back to my childhood.
Back then, I had no idea how healthy monggo really is. Its pretty amazing how something so ordinary to us can be considered a superfood. Yes, the mung bean is actually packed with vitamins that delivers numerous health benefits that is so good for us. It’s funny how I’ve been spending on all these healthy food, like quinoa, kale and chia seeds, when I should’ve been eating more of this comfort food. Just look at all the health benefits it delivers:
Prevents heart disease. Monggo, or Mung Bean in English, contains lecithin, which fights low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and reduces liver fat. It is also a legume, which reduces the risk of heart disease.
Potential anti-cancer properties. Studies show that consumption of monggo beans can also reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, including stomach, colon, cervical, and breast cancer.
Rich in much-needed nutrients. Monggo beans are rich in nutrients, including Iron for increasing oxygen delivery through blood cells, Magnesium to maintain normal muscle function, Folate to support nerve and brain function, and Vitamin K for healthy bone tissue, among others.
Ideal for weight loss. Monggo is rich in fiber and low in calories, making it an ideal substitute for rice for those with weight-loss goals. Monggo is even safe for diabetics as it regulates blood sugar.
Well-rounded for dietary necessities. It also contains carbohydrates and essential proteins, to give you that needed boost of energy.
Not only do we love monggo as a delicious daily health booster, but we love it for its versatility, as it matches perfectly with fish, beef, pork or chicken. Monggo – a staple in every Filipino household – is often a regular dish on the menu as it’s regarded by most as a tasty and healthy side dish to complement your ulam. In the classic Filipino Monggo stew, mung beans are cooked with pork and vegetables to add flavor to the texture of monggo. This combination makes monggo stew one of the most comprehensively nutritious family meals. Adding a Knorr pork cube to the monggo stew transforms the humble dish into the star of the dining table.