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Soy-dressed green beans

Soy-dressed green beans

A deliciously seasoned vegetable side dish that will perfectly accompany an Asian main dish.

Lamb with black bean sauce

Lamb with black bean sauce

Black beans impart an intense flavour to this dish, inspired by a classic Chinese recipe. If you are short on time you can use ready–made black bean sauce instead of soaking the fermented beans, although you will not enjoy the extra health benefits this way.

Moroccan-style pumpkin and butter beans

Moroccan-style pumpkin and butter beans

Middle Eastern spices flavour this low–fat vegetarian casserole, which is full of vegetables and other fibre–rich ingredients. It is a great recipe for a cook–ahead meal as the flavours mature and improve if the casserole is chilled overnight, then thoroughly reheated for serving. Try it with couscous.

Bean pot with orange salad

Bean pot with orange salad

Creole spices enliven this hearty mixed bean and vegetable casserole. Like the classic French cassoulet, it has a crisp crumb topping. With the accompanying refreshing salad, it makes a tasty, well–balanced meal.

Tuscan bean crostini

Tuscan bean crostini

Here's a delicious snack to be enjoyed hot or cold — toasted slices of baguette topped with a creamy white bean purée flavoured with garlic and thyme, and finished with colourful slices of tomato and leaves of rocket.

Mexican beans and fruit

Mexican beans and fruit

Earthy, rustic beans are surprisingly good paired with fruit, as in this classic from the Mexican kitchen, where it is called frijoles con frutas. If fruit with beans sounds alarming, just remember that the tomato – an essential ingredient of the more familiar baked beans – is also a fruit.

Radicchio and bean cups

Radicchio and bean cups

Crisp, richly coloured radicchio leaves make the perfect edible holders for this tangy bean and mustard salad that is bursting with vitamins, minerals and fibre. Serve these salad cups as a substantial first course or, with plenty of fresh crusty bread, as a satisfying lunch or supper.

Sesame greens and bean sprouts

Sesame greens and bean sprouts

With a little inspiration even the most humble vegetables can be elevated to feature in unusual, well–flavoured side shes. This succulent stir–fry is full of flavour and crunch. It is ideal as part of an Asian menu or equally delicious with plain grilled fish, poultry or meat.

Pasta with potato, beans and pesto

Pasta with potato, beans and pesto

This is a traditional Ligurian dish that is usually made with potatoes, green beans and baby broad beans. Here, broccoli and zucchini boost the green vegetable content. The pesto used to dress the pasta and vegetables is lighter than most, but still packs a flavoursome punch.

Radiatori with white beans in tomato dressing

Radiatori with white beans in tomato dressing

When beans and pasta are eaten together, the vegetable proteins combine to provide as good a source of protein as meat. Here, tender cannellini beans partner chunky pasta in a salad with celery, capsicum and artichokes. A well–flavoured dressing marries the ingredients perfectly.

Turkey sausage and bean hotpot

Turkey sausage and bean hotpot

Healthy eating doesn't mean giving up favourite family meals. Here, lean turkey sausages replace the more traditional pork in a hearty hotpot, with a spicy bean sauce and a covering of thinly sliced root vegetables: potato, carrot and parsnip.

Speedy two-bean chilli

Speedy two-bean chilli

Here's a hearty and satisfying chilli – without the carne (meat) – that can be made in minutes. This version combines two varieties of beans with corn in a rich tomato sauce flavoured with herbs, fresh chilli and chilli sauce. Serve with boiled rice or plenty of warm crusty bread.

Butter bean dip with crudités

Butter bean dip with crudités

This quick and tasty dip is made from canned butter beans puréed with tomato paste, garlic and fresh basil leaves. Served with sesame seed breadsticks, pita bread and a selection of crunchy vegetables for dipping, it makes a nutritious lunch for 6 or a starter for 8.

White bean stew

White bean stew

Celeriac is high in fibre and minerals and creates a great savoury celery flavour and a creamy texture without the stringy effect that celery can have.
Easy Minestrone

Easy Minestrone

Here’s a tip from Italian cooks: there are really no hard-and-fast rules or secret ingredients when it comes to making minestrone, so long as it contains beans, pasta and an abundance of vegetables.

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