After spending what seems like much of the summer baking, it is time for me to cut back and make some healthier choices! When it is colder, I find salads less attractive and I’d much rather have a warming bowl of stew, casserole or curry instead. This stew ticks both boxes and is great to freeze for quick mid-week dinners. I also like to take it in my lunchbox on working days, as I know I will get my five-a-day that way.
My slow cooker spicy bean stew is packed with beans and vegetables and I add whatever vegetables I have in the fridge to bulk it out further. The chipotle paste gives this simple stew a spicy kick. I serve it with soured cream and fresh parsley, and a flatbread on the side. It also goes really well with rice for a larger meal.
I didn’t give this stew with my children this time as I thought it would be too spicy for them; if I make it for us all to share I might reduce the chipotle paste and add a tin of sweetcorn.
- 400 g tin red kidney beans drained
- 300 g tin chickpeas drained
- 400 g tin borlotti beans drained
- 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
- 4 tbsp tomato purée
- 200 ml hot water
- 1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
- 1.5 teaspoons heaped of chipotle chilli and smoked paprika paste
- 1 red onion chopped
- 2 sticks of celery chopped
- Salt and pepper to season
- 1 tsp dried sage
Mix all the ingredients together in the slow cooker pot.
Cook on high for 4-5 hrs or low for 8 hours.
Serve with a dollop of soured cream and fresh parsley, with a flatbread or tortilla and some boiled rice for a larger meal.
I’m sending this to the Slow Cooked Challenge, the challenge Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen and I now co-host. This month the theme is meat-free.
As I cooked this in my slow cooker which is a cheap method of cooking, and it uses inexpensive store cupboard ingredients (and hurrah I used up three tins of beans!) I am sending this over to Credit Crunch Munch too. This month Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary is hosting for Fuss Free Flavours and Fab Food 4 All.
I’m also sending this to Jac from Tinned Tomatoes and her Meat Free Monday linky.