They are small green legumes that have been a part of Chinese cuisine for thousands of years, where they are referred to as nga choi or nga choy. 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. Also, mung beans 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. Like most legumes, mung beans are also delicious in soups. When making soup, cook the broth and vegetables first, then add the mung beans toward the end. Then simmer until everything mixes together well. Here is where you can go mung-bean crazy-Top everything with mung bean sprouts, be it pizza, pasta, soup, hummus, salad, curry dishes or stir-fries.