This week I’m going to try and get some bean converts out there. We all know that us Brits love the humble baked bean, which is a haricot bean, but there are lots of different varieties and ways beans can be an additional ingredient, or a delicious, healthy substituted or things like meat. The packets of beans are amazing value for money, but they typically have to be drained over night. Therefore, these don’t work for me, which is why I always use tinned beans. Most people use kidney beans in their trusted chilli, but there are also white kidney beans, butter beans, aduki, pint0 and a few others. Beans are high in protein and are a complex carb. They also have an abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
The best and most obvious bean use is through stews and soups, but I’m also going to share recipes that are typically side dishes, starters etc, transforming them into mains with the brilliant bean.