I always have tins of beans in my store cupboard and I don’t mean the Heinz variety! Pulses are a great way of adding fibre to your diet and don’t cost the Earth. They are low in fat and can add substance to many meals.
Cannellini beans are a favourite of mine as they can be made into homemade baked beans, a mash potato alternative or, like I have done here, a fabulous fritter. These little fritters are so easy to make and taste divine.
Feel free to substitute the spinach for another vegetable. Try left over roasted pumpkin or grated courgette.
1 Tin Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 handful of fresh spinach, finely sliced
3 spring onions, finely sliced
Fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 small chilli, finely chopped
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 egg, whisked
Salt & Pepper to taste
Rapeseed or olive oil to fry.
Put all of the ingredients, apart from the oil, in a food processor and pulse until you get a chunky paste. Alternatively you can mash ingredients with a potato masher.
Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan.
Form into little patties, approx 6-7cm diameter, and fry on each side.
Serve with a salad or as part of a mezze feast. Also delicious stuffed in warm pita bread with some tzatziki. Yummy!
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