An easy to prepare, comforting vegetarian main meal
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The starch in canned beans can turn the brine slimy, so tip them into a sieve and rinse well under a running tap before using.
Make it a Mexican feast
Spicy bean pie with tortillas: Fry the onion and garlic as above with 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped. Stir in 2 x 400g cans mixed pulses, a 400g can chopped tomatoes and 2 tsp Mexican or American Barbecue spice mix. Pour into a baking dish, then top with 50g broken tortilla chips and 50g grated vegetarian cheddar. Grill until the cheese has melted.