We're constantly being urged to eat more chickpeas, cannellini beans, lentils and other pulses, as they're extremely nutritious as well as being cheap and easy to cook. Delia has masses of recipes that bring out their flavour and add texture to other foods.
Canned baked beans definitely have their culinary place but if you want to eat the real deal, this frugal recipe is in a totally different league - a really nutritious dish.
This is delightfully simple as everything goes into one pot, no accompaniments are needed, and it provides a complete menu for two people. It is also very good with flageolet or borlotti beans.
Borlotti beans and pancetta give this lovely hearty dish plenty of Italian flavour - just what you need at the end of a busy day!
This is a big, hefty soup, perfect for the winter months with a light main course to follow. Alternatively, it is a complete lunch, with just some cheese and a salad after it.
Neck fillet of lamb provides very sweet meat that responds perfectly to long, slow cooking and if you add pre-soaked dried green flageolets to cook alongside it these, too, absorb the sweet flavours of the lamb.
Sea bass has a real feel of luxury about it and served with this gorgeous lentil salsa would make a great dish when entertaining... even non dieters will enjoy it!
As Delia says, this recipe is unanimously agreed within food circles, to be the best lentil recipe in existence. Why not give it a try and see what you think?
This has decidedly Mexican overtones. It isn't too hot and spicy but the presence of the chilli does give it a nice kick, and the flavour and texture of chickpeas is perfect for soup.
This is one of my very favourite storecupboard recipes. If you always keep a stock of spices and lentils handy and a pack of creamed coconut stashed away in the fridge, you can whip this one up in no time at all. It also happens to be inexpensive and
These are served at Norwich City Football Club and are always enjoyed by vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. They can be made in advance, if entertaining, and are a brilliant way to incorporate healthy pulses in the diet.
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