Mushroom Barley Soup

Mushrooms and barley combine to make an earthy, almost meaty (but thankfully not) broth. This stockis strong enough to stand up to lots of seasoning. This is a good one for a cold night in, or if you have a cold and can’t do chicken noodle any more.

Peace and health
Mark Masselli

Black bean and chilli stuffed courgettes

This looks delicious. I need to try this.

I recently spent a dreary winter’s day dreaming of hot Caribbean chilli and creamy fried black beans. By the time I’d got home from work I had a plan on how to make this midweek treat out of the remnants of my fridge and kitchen cupboards. This is excellent comfort food, black beans being super affordable and rich in protein, fibre and iron, not to mention antioxidants and micronutrients.

Ingredients

2 courgettes, halved lengthways
1 tin black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 an onion, finely diced
4 cloves of garlic
A handful of fresh coriander and/or flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped
2 tbsp. hot sauce
3 tbsp. tomato purée
2 tomatoes, chopped into 2cm pieces
3 tbsp. Greek yoghurt or creme fraiche

Method

Preheat your oven to 180C.

Scoop out the flesh of the courgettes with a teaspoon (the remaining courgette skins should still be at least 2cm thick) and set…

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