Beans / Lentils

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Legumes such as beans and lentils are an important stable in a vegetarian diet and no wonder as they provide fibre, protein, complex carbohydrates and lots of vitamins and minerals. They are also filling and quite cheap. Beans can be used in a variety of recipes such as mashed in fillings, whole in soups or baked in casseroles. They can also be used as a salad topping. Lentils are great in soups and casseroles.

Bean sprouts are packed with enzymes

Aduki Bean Sprouts

There are some tools available that are supposed to make your sprouting easier, however I have had fantastic results with just a glass jar and water.

An easy, cheap and simple soup, perfect for mid-week

Black Bean and Sweetcorn Soup

This is an easy mid-week soup, perfect for the left over vegetables found at the back of the fridge.

A lovely, healthy and satisfying meal, perfect for dinner or lunch


If I ask my husband what he would like to have for dinner, without hesitating he always says "Burritos". He absolutely adores these burritos and no wonder because they are actually quite lovely.

Delicious and light carrot fritters

Carrot Fritters

These fritters could be named carrot cakes (as they might be called in some countries). However I can't use the name 'cake' with anything savoury.

I love these patties and often make a bunch of them to freeze and enjoy later

Chickpea Patties with Yoghurt Garlic Dressing

I usually make a whole lot of these patties and freeze. The patties are excellent when re-heated and can also be enjoyed cold as in a lunch box with a little yoghurt garlic dressing.

A hearty and flavourful soup

Chickpea Soup

I love Jamie Oliver's recipes and his whole philosophy on and approach to food, which is "use organic, local ingredients and avoid the junk". This is an adaptation of one of his recipes.

Sprouts are amazingly healthy, packed with enzymes

Chickpea Sprouts

I adore bean sprouts. They are so versatile and delicious. I often eat them as a snack, put them on my sandwich, in a salad or as a side dish with radishes, raisins and oranges.

Absolutely packed with protein, fibre and vitamins

Chickpeas and Tuna Patties with Yoghurt Dressing

These are quick and easy to make since most of the ingredients go into the food processor.

A mild and filling soup, perfect for the whole family

Dhal (Lentil Soup) with Pumpkin and Coconut Milk

I actually had to bake this soup in an oven proof baking dishes since the gas on my stove finished, just in the middle of my cooking!

The versatility of hummus is amazing, it just goes with everything!


I love hummus, absolutely love it. Whenever I go to a Middle-Eastern restaurant (especially the Lebanese restaurants in London) I always order some hummus.

Every time I visit East Africa I always ask for the local Kitheri

Kitheri - Kenyan Vegetable Stew

Just like the Italians have different Bruschetta for every region in Italy, so do the Kenyans have for Kitheri.

Not the ideal soup for your first date but still very nice!!

Lentil and Spinach Soup

If you are thinking of a recipe to serve on your first date, this is definitely not it! Lets just say that you will come under some "pressure" ha ha.

Bean sprouts is what we should all be eating loads of! Amazingly healthy

Mung Bean Sprouts

I love bean sprouts. They are so healthy and versatile. I often eat them on their own like a snack or I use them in salads, on sandwiches and even in casseroles.

Extremely simple, yet tasty and satisfying

Pinto Beans and Vegetables from Rwanda

In February 2008 I went gorilla trekking in Rwanda. It was absolutely magical.

A lovely meal, perfect for dinner and in your lunchbox

Stuffed Peppers

These are my version of the stuffed pepper I learnt how to make on a veggie course here in Iceland.

I love these patties and often make a whole bunch of them to freeze

Tofu and Chickpea Patties

These are probably the patties I make most often. Maybe they would be called nut burgers elsewhere but I call them patties. They are very filling yet nutritious with a lovely, mild taste.

Mild and nice little nut loafs

Tomato Mini Nut Loafs

These are lovely little loafs/patties which are perfect on your Christmas table if you are a vegetarian. They also look quite festive if you team them with a nice, green salad.

My favourite lunch and light dinner

Wraps with Spinach and Hummus

In my view wraps are the perfect lunch and the perfect light meal, they always go well down with dinner guests and each and every time I serve them I get asked for the recipe.

A lovely dish which I serve often

Zanzibar Beans with Sweet Potatoes in Coconut Sauce

We visited Zanzibar in September 2007 and it was an absolutely lovely visit.