Red kidney beans and smoked bacon add a wonderful depth of flavour and extra substance to this lovely dish. It is a great choice in winter and autumn.
Pulses such as red kidney and cannellini beans have a low GI (Glycaemic Index) factor, which means they release energy slowly into the bloodstream and so can help to control hunger and appetite.
For a variation, replace the cabbage with 400g canned tomatoes and a 200g can of sweetcorn. Season with 1/2 tsp each of ground cumin and coriander and a pinch of paprika. * This dish would go well with a ham joint or pork spare ribs. * For a vegetarian dish, omit the bacon and add 150g button mushrooms cooked gently in a knob of butter.
This was really easy to make and a great alternative side dish of cabbage which can at times be a little bland and uninteresting. It was very tasty and had there been any leftovers, It would be nice with added mashed potato fried a la bubble and squeek! Will definately make this again. - 10 Feb 2012