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.
If you want a light meal in a hurry, then this will take you barely fifteen minutes from start to finish. If you're extra hungry, I suggest you use 2 oz (50 g) of pasta.
Whether you're a vegetarian or not, some meals without meat will eventually become a necessity - but that does not mean they can't be just as good, as this proves.
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.
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