Beans are the overachievers of the store cupboard: cheap, versatile, and filling, they also happen to be some of the richest sources of fibre and plant-based protein around. So, whether you want to bulk up a stew or add protein and texture to a zingy salad, beans should be your go-to ingredient. Read on for some of our favourite bean recipes . . .
With black beans, kidney beans, AND lentils, this spicy, protein-packed vegetarian chilli is ideal for feeding a crowd. Serve with brown rice, a dollop of crème fraîche, and some sliced avocado if you've got it.
Mung beans are often overlooked, but here they play a starring role accompanied by a tangy dressing and some deliciously savoury sun-dried tomatoes.
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Pizza. Beans. Need we say more?
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This one's for the slow cooker enthusiasts out there: a homemade twist on baked beans flavoured with tangy pomegranate molasses, smoky paprika, and mustard powder.
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A hearty, Cajun-inspired one-pot, this vegan recipe can be easily adapted to make use of whatever beans you happen to have in your store cupboard and whatever vegetables happen to be in the fridge.
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A flavourful tagine with a side of zingy lemon couscous, this dish would also be great served with a fried egg on top.
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Rachel Phipps's take on baked beans is guaranteed to become your new go-to store cupboard comfort food. The beans are infused with the mouthwatering flavour of chorizo, and are especially good served on toast.
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A colourful, vegetarian take on the Spanish classic, paella, this dish features a trio of beans along with saffron-scented rice, roasted red peppers, and olives.
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A classic chilli containing kidney beans, black beans, and refried beans, this would make an excellent filling for a fluffy baked potato.
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