My husband Howard and son Ted are not a great fan of beans but I love them. I like to keep the house warm in winter and beans really help us to do just that! In recent years I have been using beans in my cooking a lot and I find they make a great alternative to meat.
Beans are one food that is definitely underrated. They are a brilliant source of protein, fibre, B vitamins and many other vitamins and minerals. There is plenty of evidence that suggests beans can help to improve cholesterol levels and they can help to maintain a healthy stomach too. When eaten as part of a healthy diet beans can help with weight loss and diabetes too.
The balance of complex carbohydrates in beans provides a slow steady source of glucose which helps the body to feel fuller for long. Also it stops the sudden surge of hunger that can occur eating simple carbohydrates. To me, beans are great and below are 5 recipes for you that I love to cook. Plus loads more on my blog too.
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My lovely husband Howard and son Ted love sausages. I often get the impression that if I wasn’t here they would eat sausages all the time (how did you guess?! -Ed). On warm days they are always asking for BBQ’d sausages. I’m not the biggest fan of the BBQ. The food cooked on it often doesn’t sit well in my stomach. So I thought this meal would make an ideal alternative.
Once all the vegetables were peeled and chopped this was a really easy dinner to cook. All I did was put it in the oven and then serve it once it was cooked. I did forget to boil the broccoli so if you want to ads greens to this dish then please be my guest. When I served this to Howard and Ted there strangely weren’t any complaints. It was a delicious dinner and one I just had to share with you.
Recently I took my son Ted (who is six) to see our family Homeopath, Dawn Waterhouse. I have been visiting Dawn on and off for about 6 years. Ever since Ted was a baby. We first went to see Dawn when Ted had reflux. I know a lot of people are against this type of natural medicine but I have seen Ted’s health improve within days of taking Dawn’s remedies.
On a previous visit we made in the last few months Dawn asked Ted to give up carrots and onions for a few months. So we did. I really enjoy making my Homemade Baked Beans but the original recipe includes carrots and onions. Now I’m not one to let a little hurdle get in my way. So I decided to try my recipe with different vegetables. The results were amazing and it meant that we could all still eat this dish. It was that good I decided to share it with you too.
Prawns are a favourite food of my son Ted. He’s 6 and just loves prawns. So when I decided to make this prawn chilli I knew Ted would eat this dish without too much complaining. As Ted loves fish I always try to include two fish dinners per week in our menu.
These dinners are normally on a Monday and a Friday. The meals will be different most weeks but the days we eat these dinners on stays the same. I find it really helps me meal plan if I have specific days to cover.
So from Friday to Monday we have meat and fish dishes and then the rest of the week we have vegan or vegetarian. Plus if Ted knows he will be eating fish at the weekend it generally makes him look forward to these days. Ted loved this dinner and we know your families will enjoy it too.
Spaghetti Bolognese is a huge favourite in our house. I’m always trying to find new ways to cook the dish. We love the original version with mince beef. However, those people that read my blog regularly will know I love to change a recipe. I enjoy making different variations of certain dishes.
In recent years, for many different reasons, we have started to eat less meat. During the week instead of meat I have been using beans in our dinners. My husband Howard is not a fan of beans and he always tells me he prefers the small beans.
So with that in mind, for this recipe I decided to use haricot and black beans. These are smaller beans that are full of flavour. They are packed with protein and fibre. Plus beans can help to lower blood sugar levels and also help to keep the heart healthy.
So beans are definitely a healthy alternative to meat and one of the reasons they are used in lots of my recipes. I hate to tell my husband but the menu is not going to change anytime soon.
The winter will be with us before we know it.It’s at this time of year I start to think about using more spices in our food. Spices are a great natural anti inflammatory. They are brilliant for killing off the bugs in our bodies. I like to start to put more of them in our meals about now.
As well as giving us a warm cosy feeling, spices have a lot of health benefits. Spices can increase our mood on a dark winter’s day, they can give our wintry aches and pains a boost and they can give us energy on a cold winter’s day.
Plus I love using spices to cook my meals, especially in my winter dishes. There is a wide variety available in supermarkets nowadays. Once you have a brilliant combination you can add them to all sorts of dinners including this soup.
Beans are a fantastic food that help the body in so many ways. Especially when they are eaten as part of a healthy diet. I have lots of recipes on my blog that are delicious and worth trying. Plus all the recipes can be frozen and eaten on another occasion. So you could make double of one meal and freeze it for dinner the week after. However you decide to eat these meals, as always, please enjoy. Thank you xxx