Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Bean and Vegetable Stew - Family Favourites

I am constantly trying to introduce new foods, flavours and textures to the children's diets, particularly the twins. I am a true believer in the family eating the same meal together. Meal time is an important time for us as a family. It is a chance for all five of us to be together everyday, talking, laughing and enjoying our meal.

Last week I cooked a bean stew. I was confident that the hubby and I would enjoy it, however I was not sure what the children's reaction would be. Thankfully it was a huge success. They even had the leftovers the following day.

This is a tasty, healthy meal that has become a family favourite!

Bean and Vegetable Stew


1 fennel, trimmed and sliced
1 medium aubergine/eggplant, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 medium brown onion, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
1 carrot, cubed
1 medium head of broccoli, cut into small florets
400g tin of blackeye beans
400g tin of chickpeas
750mls vegetable stock
2tsp mixed herbs
1tbsp balsamic vinegar
1tbsp olive oil


1 - Heat the olive oil over a medium heat and add the fennel, onions, celery and carrots

2 - Cook the vegetables for 10 minutes

3 - Add the broccoli and aubergine to the vegetables and mix

4 - Pour over the vegetable stock, add the blackeye beans, chickpeas and mixed spices and bring to the boil

5 - Simmer for 15 minutes

6 - Once the stew is ready stir in the balsamic vinegar and serve

This meal is delicious as a main meal or even as a side dish. It is packed with vegetables and full of flavour. Not only is this a delicious meal but it is also full of goodness for the whole family.

Enjoy x

I am sharing this weeks Family Favourites with Honest Mum - Tasty Tuesdays Supergolden Bakes - Cook, Blog, Share and Foodies100

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  1. Kirsty another inspiring dish, that looks delicious, hearty and healthy too.

    Julie's Family Kitchen

  2. Adore beans, so healthy, will be making this-lovely! Thanks for linking up!

  3. Yum this looks like a perfect meal for this weather! x

  4. Lovely family meal - healthy and hearty! Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare


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