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Sweet Potato & Butter Bean Stew

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This hearty stew is really tasty and comforting, not to mention packed with vegetables and fibre. This recipes serves 3-4 people.


  • 400g tin of tomatoes
  • 400g tin of butter beans
  • 400g tin lentils
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp of olive or rapeseed oil
  • 300ml of vegetable stock
  • Oregano & basil to taste
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • Tsp of chilli powder
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • Any other vegetables that you like (I used aubergine, broccoli, carrot and celery)


  • Chop the onion and garlic and sauté in the oil on a low heat for about 2 minutes
  • Peel and chop the sweet potato and all the other vegetables
  • Sauté the sweet potato until it starts to soften, then add the other veg and continue until these also start to soften
  • Add the tin of tomatoes, vegetable stock, tsp of chilli, 1/2 tsp of sugar and oregano and basil to taste, then simmer until the sweet potato and all the other vegetables are fully soft (usually about 20 minutes)
  • Add the tin of butter beans and lentils, cook for a further 3-4 minutes
  • Serve with potato, rice, couscous or quinoa – it’s also tasty with a dollop of natural yoghurt or sour cream on top


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