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Monday, 2 May 2011

Store Cupboard Dinner - Bean Hotpot

This is a really useful recipe when your cupboards and fridge are nearly bare and money is tight.  I can usually find all the ingredients to make it in my pantry or can they can be bought really cheaply from the supermarket.  It's a filling dinner that is really easy to prepare and can be on the table within 15 minutes.

½ Tbsp oil

1 large onion, roughly chopped

2 Tbsp flour

1 tin (400g) tomatoes, chopped

1 tin (425g) beans, drained (e.g. mixed beans, butter beans, haricot beans or chickpeas)

1 large tin (400g) sweetcorn, drained

4 large mushrooms, thinly sliced (optional)

1 pepper, diced (red, orange or yellow)
 
Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and sweat the onions until soft and transparent.  Add the diced pepper and mushrooms and cook gently until softened.

Sprinkle in the flour stir for 1-2 minutes before adding the drained tins of tomatoes, beans and sweetcorn.  Cook for another 5 minutes until everything is well heated through and the stew thickens slightly then serve.

I usually serve this with bread rolls or baked potatoes.  You could also serve this over thick wholemeal toast, cooked rice, cooked pasta or baked sweet potatoes.

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