Portobello mushrooms have a wide, flat cap that makes an innovative base for mini pizzas. For a fabulous first course, top the mushroom with a bean purée flavoured with fresh basil and Parmesan, then layer on shredded mozzarella and tomatoes.
*Use the bean filling to stuff 450g (1lb) portabellini or chestnut mushrooms, instead of the portobellos.
*Try reduced-fat Cheddar in place of the mozzarella.
*Kidney beans can be used instead of pinto beans.
*Beans are one of the highest-fibre foods you can consume. Try to buy canned beans packed without salt or sugar. If these are not available, rinse the beans well, to remove sodium, before using.
*Fresh or dried basil is teeming with powerful antioxidants. In addition, flavonoid and terpene phytochemicals in basil are under review for their potential benefit in reducing cholesterol.