Herby White Beans

Fantastic as a lunch meal for this absolutely glorious weather at the moment; finally some real good weather. Perfectly delicious straight off the stove or can be eaten later when chilled. A little cheeky tip, when you have removed the pan from the heat, smash some of the beans with the back of a spoon, as it provides an added texture and I find that it absorbs the juice for those bonus flavour bombs in every bite.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (400g) white or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 small handful fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 200ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Method:

  1. Start by frying the garlic in the olive oil for a minute.
  2. Add the beans and cook for a further minute.
  3. Season with black pepper, pour in the stock, mix thoroughly and leave to simmer for 3-4 minutes on medium-high heat.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and add the basil, parsley and lemon.
  5. Serve in a dish and drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil on top.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

Kidney Bean Salad

Let’s just keep it real, keep it simple and keeping it delicious with this recipe. Unreal how quick and simple this is to prepare and just so flavourful, definitely one that I will be going back to a fair few times as we draw closer to summer.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (400g) red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 handful of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp dried mint
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method:

  1. Start of by making the marinade by adding the lemon, mint, olive oil, garlic granules, salt and pepper in a bowl and give it a good mix.
  2. In a separate bowl put the beans, parsley and spring onion.
  3. Drizzle the marinade over the bean mixture and give it another thorough mix.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

Fava Bean Dip

Fava beans or “Foul Mudames” have been a staple in my family household for as long as I can remember. They are so delicious and can be used in a multitude of ways. This time is an easy, vegan dip. A fantastic accompaniment to a scrumptious kebab, tabouli or just some bread to dip it into.

Ingredients:

  • 400g tin fava beans
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 oregano
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method:

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. In the dish of your choice drizzle a little extra oil on top along with a gentle sprinkling of paprika.

Black Eye Bean Stew

I am loving comfort food at the moment and this black-eye bean stew is the way to go. It takes such little time to prepare and cook, definitely one to have after a long day working.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (400g) black-eye beans, drained and rinsed
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely sliced
  • 100ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method:

  1. On medium heat, fry the garlic and onion in the olive oil until lightly browned.
  2. Add the tomatoes and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the beans and all the seasonings and mix well.
  4. Pour in the stock and coconut milk and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Leave to simmer for 12- 15 minutes.

Best served hot.

Black Bean and Tomato Salad

Given the considerably warm weather we have been having, this recipe is exactly what you need. Fantastic to have just as a light lunch if you’re not up to cooking (I don’t blame you!) The juice from the fresh tomatoes really brings this dish to life, lots of flavours, really light and takes little time to prepare.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (400g) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 finely chopped fresh tomatoes
  • Lime
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • A small handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method:

  1. Firstly, start by making the marinade for the salad. In a bowl, put the juice of half a lime, the paprika, cumin, oil, season with salt and pepper and give it a mix.
  2. In a separate bowl had all the remaining prepped ingredients.
  3. Drizzle on the marinade and give it a good mix. Taste and season again with salt and pepper if needed.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

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Vegan Chilli

One of the things I love about this recipe is that it is so versatile. You can mix up the bean and vegetable content; ideal if you have some leftover ingredients that need using up. A meat-free, hearty comfort food; perfect with rice.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 large carrot
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 sweet pepper, chopped into small chunks
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 large cup mushrooms, slice into chunks
  • 100ml water
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2tsp ground allspice
  • 1tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  • Β 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1tsp sugar (optional)

Method

  1. In a pan, put the olive oil, onion and garlic and fry on a medium heat until soft and lightly browned.
  2. Then add the carrot, sweet pepper, mushrooms and fry together for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the allspice, paprika, cayenne, oregano, a sprinkling of pepper and the beans and continue to cook and stir occasionally for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and the juice and the water. Stir and leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes. If the chilli is quite dense in flavour then add the sugar to balance the flavour.

Best served hot.