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Saw a recipe for Cajun bean burgers ages ago but couldn’t remember where, so I just threw these together and they were so good! This recipe makes 3 medium burgers or 2 huge ones!

[10 mins prep / 20-25 mins baking @ 180 degrees C / serves 1 ]

1) in a bowl mash 1 tin of rinsed cannellini beans, 1/3 cup of sweetcorn (I have a bag in the freezer!), then mix in 1 egg, 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs and a big shake of Cajun seasoning.

2) place foil on a baking tray, wet your hands and form the mix into patties – it’s quite wet so you may have to just scoop it out and form it on the foil.

3) bake on 180 for 20-25 minutes.

4) serve up with sweet potato fries, potato wedges and a splodge of garlic mayo.


Oh dear it’s a been almost 2 months since I’ve posted on here, it’s amazing how fast time flies. A month ago I ran the London Marathon and since then I’ve completely lost any interest in being fit and healthy. Until yesterday. I ran the Vitality 10k and someone took the most hideous photo of me looking about 100 stone. So today, the health kick starts!

[prep 2 mins / 15 minute cooking time / serves 3 : 1 tin tomatoes, 1 tin chickpeas, ras-el-hanout, couscous]

1) in a pan on the hob fry 1 chopped onion and sprinkle in some ras-el-hanout spice mix.

2) once softened, pour in a tin of tomatoes and a rinsed tin of chickpeas.

3) add more of the spice mix, pour in 1/2 cup of veg stock, stir and pop a lid on for 10 mins.

4) cook couscous as per packet instructions and stir in a shake of cinnamon beige serving.

I’ve got leftovers for lunch tomorrow, very much looking forward to it!

  
I made this in about 8 minutes this morning. I’ve got meetings over lunch and I’m out of the office all afternoon and wanted something I could just snack on throughout the day with pitta. It’s basically hummus, just with a different bean (are chickpeas beans? Who knows). A jar of sun dried tomatoes is the best here because their oil helps it become nice and smooth.

In a blender, place 1 rinsed tin of cannellini beans, 5 sun dried tomatoes and 2 dessert spoons of their oil, a good grind of black pepper. Whizz til at your desired consistency. I prefer it a little lumpy but scoopable with my pitta! 

  
I’ve got annual leave for the rest of this week. Sod’s law that I’m held up with cold feeling sorry for myself. Whenever I have a bit more time for breakfast I try make something tasty, but this only took 15 mins. I munched half and I’ve got the other half for breakfast tomorrow. 

1) place 2 frozen veggie sausages in the oven (I used Linda McCartney)

2) in a Pyrex jug whisk 4 eggs, pour in a small tin of baked beans and mix. Place to one side.
3) in a frying pan, fry a chopped floret of broccoli. Once softened, take the sausages out the oven, chop, and add to the pan.

4) pour over the egg and beans mixture and cook on the hob for a minute or two.

5) finish the frittata in the oven for 5-10 mins on 180 degrees C. 

Chop up an avocado and sprinkle on the top. Enjoy 🙂 

  
It’s taken me a while to get round to making hummus. I bought tahini ages ago but it’s been sitting in my cupboard doing nothing. Since it’s a lazy Sunday I’ve finally got a chance to try making it, and use up some of the leftover bits in my fridge. Everyone has that random jar of sun dried tomatoes they opened once for a recipe and didn’t know what to do with the rest. 

1) in a food processor whizz up 2 dessert spoons tahini, 1 tin of rinsed chickpeas, 5 sun dried tomatoes, 1 large clove of garlic, 1 tsp of smoked paprika, 1 tsp cumin seeds.

2) after 2 mins, add a drizzle of olive oil whilst blending. I found it didn’t need as much as normal recipes call for. 

3) leave the processor whizzing for a couple of mins.

Spoon out into a bowl and sprinkle with smoked paprika. Chop up some pitta and bake for 10 mins to create the perfect dipping aid!