Try this quick idea for an easy, nutritious, bean-based meal that the whole family will love.
A bowl of steaming gumbo – a thick and spicy cross between a soup and a stew, full of peppers, tomatoes, okra, herbs and prawns – brings you all the good tastes of the Louisiana bayou. Serve with steamed rice or crusty bread so you can enjoy all the sauce.
Make this risotto in early summer when locally-grown asparagus is in plentiful supply. Imported varieties are expensive, and don't taste as good because they are less fresh.
Nourishing lentils are great value and very good for you. The warm spices and rich coconut milk combine to create an intoxicatingly flavoured dish.
Butternut squash, green beans and sweetcorn make a superb combination in this fast and tasty stew, based on a Native American dish. Serve with crusty bread.
This dish is not only wholesome, but also extremely easy to make. It uses a few ingredients that you probably have at hand. The flavouring for the dish, comes from the natural juices of the chicken and the instant soup mix. Feel free to substitute in different flavoured soup granules. Serve with steamed vegetables.
Middle-Eastern influences bring beans, aubergines, apricots, garlic and warm spices to this lamb hotpot, but the topping is in traditional British style – a golden layer of parsnip slices.
Keep your kitchen stocked with bacon, passata and chickpeas for this warm, comforting soup.
Leeks, sweetcorn and potatoes make this chunky seafood chowder a satisfying main meal soup. Serve garnished with a swirl of crème fraîche or fromage frais and some crusty wholegrain bread to accompany.
Homemade fishcakes are always a special treat. They are the ultimate all-in-one dish, as they contain fish, potato and vegetables. These can be made ahead and chilled, ready to bake when you need them.