Beans are a great Meatless Mondayoption. Both inexpensive and nutritious they are an indispensable ingredient in bean recipes suited to a vegetarian diet.
Meat eaters should also consider the humble bean for its hidden depths and capacity to successfully substitute meat, as well as being a great way of increasing fibre and nutrients in the diet.
With over 40,000 beans held in the gene bank of beans we have scratched the surface with a few familiar favourites including kidney beans, chickpeas, green beans, soya beans and mung beans. In most cases you can choose canned or dried beans. If you choose a dried variety be sure to factor in the required soaking and cooking time.
Bean recipes are varied and plentiful stretching worldwide. We have chosen 10 irresistible bean recipes to show you just how versatile and tasty beans can be. From a Thai style curry to the classic veggie chilli there is just the dish to get your week off to a Meat Free start.