Pulses Recipes

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.

 
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Spiced Chick Pea CutletsServes 3

Spiced Chick Pea Cutlets

Vegetarians will love these chickpea cutlets - a cheap and easy meal that's quick to make once you've soaked the chickpeas and a good way of upping your intake of nutritious puses. Curry powder and cayenne pepper add plenty of spice.

 
 
Chicken and Chick PeasServes 4

Chicken and Chick Peas

Adding chick peas to this wintry chicken casserole allows you to feed four people very well for very little money without sacrificing flavour and nutritious value in the process.

 
 
White Bean and Salami SaladServes 4

White Bean and Salami Salad

All you need is crusty bread to mop up the juices in this superb summery salad that has more than a hint of Italy about it.

 
 
ChilladasServes 8 (Makes 24)

Chilladas

On their own, lentils can be a bit bland, but with this spiced lentil cakes Delia has added plenty of flavour with tomato, herbs and spices. A brilliant vegetarian recipe that's cheap and easy to make, but also extremely nutritious and filling.

 
 
Black Bean and Jalapeno DipServse 6-8

Black Bean and Jalapeno Dip

Spicy, unusual and made in minutes, this dip is a great addition to your repertoire when you want some interesting nibbles. Serve it with potato wedges, crudites or strips of toasted pitta bread.

 
 
Minestrone with Orecchiette and Borlotti BeansServes 4-6

Minestrone with Orecchiette and Borlotti Beans

Delia describes this soup as 'one of the best I've ever tasted' and we're certainly not arguing with that! Some soups are hearty and filling enough to make a substantial lunch and this Italian classic is one of them: just add bread…

 
 
Gammon and Broad Beans with Spring Onion and Chive SauceServes 4-6

Gammon and Broad Beans with Spring Onion and Chive Sauce

This marvellous recipe exploits that wonderful culinary marriage of pork and beans, here coupled with a creamy spring onion and chive sauce. We defy anyone not to love it!

 
 
Butter Bean, Bacon and Parsley SoupServes 4

Butter Bean, Bacon and Parsley Soup

A lovely wintry soup, butter beans absorb the flavours of parsley, bacon, onions and garlic in this hearty and cheap dish. Perfect on a winter's day.

 
 
Tuscan White Bean Soup with Frizzled Shallots and PancettaServes 4

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Frizzled Shallots and Pancetta

We all know that pulses are a brilliant source of fibre and protein, so if you want to up your intake, this soup is just one way of doing so. The cannellini beans give the soup a creamy texture and the flavour is out of this world!

 
 
Split Pea and Vegetable SoupServes 6

Split Pea and Vegetable Soup

Although they are cheap, split peas are actually brilliant on the nutritious front and provide plenty of fibre in the diet. This soup is just one way of enjoying them...

 
 
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