Common beans are a versatile ingredient that can offer easy comfort food or exciting new flavours to travel the world from your kitchen.
They're also great for learning how to cook from scratch at home using traditional ingredients from British farmers and growers.
We're big lover's of cooking with ingredients from whatever's sitting in our cupboard or pantry.
Browse some of our British favourites. Click on each one for more information and ideas!
Sometimes we all need a bit of inspiration to get us going!
Check out some of the tasty recipes we've tested that we love.
For starters, we've been using the Bon Appetit "86 Bean Recipes" page for inspiration. You can try these recipes yourself using canned beans.
Using all British ingredients, why not go all out and help fight food waste by showing the wonky veg some love in this one-pot wonder.
Champion the best of British produce by using the base ingredients of
Beans, Rapeseed oil, Alliums (like onions and garlic), Vegetables of your choice, plus whatever other Optional flavours you want to bring in (what about greenhouse grown chillis or even a locally produced cheese?)
... and BRAVO! A tasty, nutritious soup you can customise to suit you and your needs (see what we did there?)
Using all British ingredients, this simple dish is quick and hearty, showcasing the variety of beans that can be grown in British soils.
Add a dash of cream of your choice for a touch of silky comfort and a drizzle of rapeseed oil for that perfect photo finish!
Use the Bon Appetit "Brothy Heirloom Beans with Cream" recipe for more details
ALL BRITISH Bean mash
Using all British ingredients this delicious dish is extremely versatile. The perfect B-L-T food (breakfast, lunch and tea that is!).
Great refried in a pan alongside eggs and cherry tomatoes to start your day right. Try it in a wrap just like hummus for an on-the-go midday snack. Or have it for tea by topping it with melted cheese and served with salsa and tortilla chips.
Use the Bon Appetit "Homemade Refried Beans" recipe for more details
brit-mex night in
Make the most of your culinary skills and try out a British-Mexican inspired feast by making your own bean-burritos.
We love using the Bean Mash recipe with greenhouse grown tomato salsa and leafy greens all wrapped up in a Staffordshire Oatcake (like a corn tortilla) to make the most of British grown ingredients.
Keep it light and fresh with a simple bean salad.
Using cold-pressed rapeseed oil and a vinaigrette, you can whip up a quick summer lunch or tangy side dish for your next date night.
Why not throw in some greenhouse grown chopped chillis for an extra kick? Or even try your hand at some urban gardening to add a garnish of fresh herbs!