Spicy fava bean tacos

Prep time

10 mins

Cook time

25 mins

Total time

35 mins

Author: Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Recipe type: Snack

Yield: 3

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When I cook Mexican-inspired food (which happens pretty often – you can’t beat it!), I usually end up using the same few ingredients over and over again. Black beans, cheese, guacamole… my usual burritos, quesadillas and tacos are basically all the same recipe, just made into different shapes.

Don’t get me wrong, I love black beans, cheese and guacamole – but sometimes it’s nice to vary things a little. This time I used fava beans as the base for my taco filling. They may not be an ingredient I typically use in my Mexican-inspired cooking, but as with a lot of beans, they can be dressed up with all sorts of different flavours, so they work really well with a bit of Mexican spice.

The heat in these spicy fava bean tacos comes from both fresh chilli, which gives a slight sweetness and some nice flecks of colour, and chilli powder, which gives a deeper spiciness. If you’re a bit of a lightweight when it comes to chilli, feel free to ease off on the heat, and use more aromatic spices like cumin instead.

If you do decide to go spicy like I did, don’t be too cruel to yourself; add some fresh tomato to help cool your tongue. A good dollop of sour cream works really well too – the perfect balance!

I also added some mushrooms, spring onions and sweetcorn to the spicy fava bean mixture, but feel free to adapt the recipe depending on what veggies you fancy (and what you have in the fridge to use up!). All sorts of vegetables could work in these tacos – peppers, onion, courgette (zucchini), or whatever else you have in the house. Just chop up your choice of veg and add it to the pan with the mushrooms to cook.

This recipe makes four tacos, so it can feed either two or four people, depending on how hungry (and how greedy!) you are. If you’re just serving the tacos on their own, two per person is about right, but if you want to stretch the recipe to serve four, make some Mexican rice or a big salad to serve alongside. Delish!

Ingredients

  • 120g (~ 1/2 cup) split dried fava beans
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 4 medium mushrooms, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 115g (~ 1/2 cup) sweetcorn kernels (I used tinned)
  • 1 small mild red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 4 small flour tortillas or taco shells
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • Sour cream, to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Boil the fava beans in a generous amount of water, until soft – around 20-25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan, and add the chopped mushrooms, garlic, spring onions, sweetcorn and red chilli. Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, until soft.
  3. When the fava beans are cooked, drain them and add them to the pan with the vegetables. Also add the chilli powder (to taste), smoked paprika, and plenty of salt and pepper. Cook for 5 more minutes, stirring regularly.
  4. Serve the spicy fava beans in flour tortillas (or crispy taco shells, if you prefer) with chopped tomatoes and sour cream.

Cheesy garlic and herb roasted fava bean chips

Prep time

30 mins

Cook time

35 mins

Total time

1 hour 5 mins

Author: Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Recipe type: Snack

Yield: 3

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My husband and I often have friends round for dinner, and while it’s tempting to revert back to the kind of dinner parties we threw as students (usually a bowl of crisps followed by pizza and beer… and then maybe some more beer), there comes a time when you want something a bit classier. Now that I’m officially in my late twenties (sob!), the beer has been replaced with a nice bottle of wine, and the pizza has been replaced by a healthier, homemade meal.

I still like to serve a small snack for people to nibble on as they arrive, but crisps just don’t cut it any more. They’re too obvious, they’re unexciting, and they’re not going to impress anyone.

These crispy roasted fava bean chips are one of my favourite alternatives for those times when you want to serve something a little bit more unusual. You can flavour them however you like, and they go beautifully with a glass of crisp white wine. A classier way to get your crunch fix!

These fava bean chips are nice and easy to make, so they won’t add much stress to your day. Just boil up some dried split fava beans for 20 minutes or so, then roast them until they’re nice and crispy. It’s mostly hands-off time, so you can be getting on with preparing dinner – or if you’re anything like me, tidying the house in preparation for your guests. Once the chips are roasted, toss them with your choice of flavourings. I like smoked paprika, finely grated parmesan cheese, or even just simply salt and vinegar.

This time I went for parmesan cheese, but also added some fresh herbs and garlic for an extra pop of flavour – a classic combination that’s a real people-pleaser. The end result can be summed up in three words – ‘just one more’. They’re super moreish, and I promise you, your guests won’t stop eating until the bowl is empty!

Ingredients

  • 130g (~ 1/2 cup) dried split fava beans
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled
  • Small bunch fresh green herbs (I used parsley)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
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Instructions

  1. Boil the dried split fava beans in plenty of water for 20 – 30 minutes, until they are fairly soft but still holding their shape.
  2. When cooked, drain the beans, and toss them with a little olive oil and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Spread the beans out on a baking tray (in a single layer if possible), and roast at 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F) for about 35 minutes, until they’re fairly crispy, and just beginning to turn golden. You’ll need to stir the beans every 10 minutes or so, to ensure they cook evenly.
  3. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the beans, and toss to coat. Return to the oven for a further 5 – 10 minutes, until the cheese is crispy and the beans are golden brown. Remove from the oven, and leave to cool.
  4. Add the small clove of garlic and the fresh herbs to a mini food processor, and blitz until finely chopped. Add the olive oil, and blitz again to combine.
  5. When cooled, add the cheesy roasted fava beans and the herb mixture to a bowl, and mix well. Serve at room temperature.

Green bean couscous salad with feta and roasted fava beans

Prep time

30 mins

Cook time

35 mins

Total time

1 hour 5 mins

Author: Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Recipe type: Snack

Yield: 3

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Couscous – the grain so good they named it twice!

It’s one of those things that I don’t cook very often, but when I do, I kick myself for not making it more often. It’s super fluffy, and as an added bonus, it’s really easy to prepare – just soak it for a few minutes in hot water (or stock, for added flavour), and bam! It’s done! Couscous is actually really nice served up on its own as a side dish – but this time I decided to dress it up with some colourful tasty bits to make an easy but healthy lunchtime salad.

As well as the couscous, this colourful salad revolves around those beautifully vibrant green beans. They help to bulk out the couscous without adding too many extra calories (not to mention the fact that they’re pretty nice to look at!). A carb / veggie combo is my favourite way to make a lunchtime salad – the carbs help you to feel full, and the veggies help you stay healthy and energised. Win-win!

I didn’t want to overcook the green beans for this salad, so I just lightly steamed them. This way, they retain their nutrients and a nice a bit of crunch, and they’re the perfect contrast to the soft and fluffy couscous.

The simple green bean couscous salad is finished off with a quick lemon dressing and a few super tasty toppings – some crumbled feta cheese, a few cherry tomatoes and a handful of Nuttee Bean™ salt and vinegar roasted fava beans.

This salad has it all. It’s soft, crunchy, creamy, salty, tangy, lemony, herby, juicy, sweet… all in one bowl. I love that every mouthful is different, so it never gets boring! The perfect healthy meal to pop in your lunchbox and enjoy warm or cold.

Ingredients

Serves 1 (but easily scaled up)
For the green bean couscous salad:

  • 40g (~ 1/8 cup) couscous
  • 100ml (~ 1/3 cup) hot vegetable stock
  • 130g (~ 1 cup) green beans, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 50g (~ 1/4 cup) diced feta cheese
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • Small handful Nuttee Bean™ salt and vinegar roasted fava beans

For the simple lemon dressing:

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Black pepper

Instructions

1. Add the hot vegetable stock to the couscous in a bowl, and mix to combine. Cover with a plate, and leave to soak for a few minutes. Fluff the couscous up with a fork, and taste to check if it’s cooked. If it’s still a little hard, add another tablespoon or so of hot liquid, and cover again.

2. Meanwhile, lightly steam the green beans until they’re cooked al dente, with a slight crunch.

3. When the couscous and green beans are both ready, add them to a large bowl. Add the remaining salad ingredients, and mix to combine.

4. To prepare the dressing, add the olive oil and lemon juice to a small jar, along with a generous pinch of black pepper. Seal tightly, and shake until the dressing has emulsified (it should become creamy and yellow).

5. Serve the salad with the lemon dressing. Top with more roasted fava beans if desired.

Chipotle fava bean hummus

Prep time

30 mins

Cook time

35 mins

Total time

1 hour 5 mins

Author: Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Recipe type: Snack

Yield: 3

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Have you ever made your own hummus? It’s so easy, and it tastes amazing. You don’t need any particularly fancy ingredients – just throw everything in a food processor, and you’ve got hummus! This time I used fava beans instead of the usual chickpeas – fava bean hummus makes a really nice change, and it’s just as delicious!

I like to start my hummus with a clove of garlic and some fresh herbs. Remember the garlic is going in raw, so choose a small clove unless you’re feeling particularly anti-social. As for herbs, you can use whatever fresh herbs you have on hand – anything will work. This time I went for fresh coriander (cilantro), as it goes really nicely with the spicy chipotle flavour.

Another standard ingredient in hummus is tahini, which is a paste made from sesame seeds. It’s kind of the peanut butter of the seed world, and it helps to make your homemade hummus nice and rich and creamy. If you’ve never cooked with tahini before, don’t be intimidated – it’s easy to find in most good grocery stores. Unfortunately it doesn’t taste quite as good straight out of the jar as peanut butter does, but once it’s in your hummus, you’ll be glad you sought it out.

You can flavour your hummus however you like. I picked up some chipotle paste a while back which I’ve been dying to use in hummus, so that’s what I did here. If you can’t find chipotle paste, just use chipotle hot sauce instead. I also added a few sun-dried tomatoes, mostly just to give my chipotle hummus that beautiful red colour. What can I say, I eat with my eyes.

Once you’ve got a hummus recipe you’re happy with, it’s time for garnish! Hummus may taste delicious, but it can look a bit ugly if you’re not careful. An easy way to transform hummus from a bowlful of unappetising paste into an enticing appetiser is to bring it to life with garnish. It’s a good idea to use your garnish to showcase some of the ingredients you used in the hummus, so I topped mine with some more fresh coriander, and a few Nuttee Bean™ spicy roasted fava beans. They add a great crunch, and they’re perfect for nibbling on the side too.

Set out a bowl of this tasty chipotle hummus at your next party and the bowl will be empty within minutes!

Ingredients

  • 150g (~ 3/4 cup) dried split fava beans
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 tsp chipotle paste (or 2 tbsp chipotle hot sauce)
  • Small bunch fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 3 pieces sun-dried tomato
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 75ml (~ 1/4 cup) water
  • To garnish: 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, fresh coriander (cilantro), Nuttee Bean™ spicy roasted fava beans

Instructions

1. Boil the dried fava beans in plenty of water until soft (around 15-20 minutes). Drain thoroughly, and set aside to cool.

2. Add the garlic clove to a food processor, along with the chipotle paste, fresh coriander, and sun-dried tomato pieces. Blitz until well chopped.

3. Add the tahini and cooled fava beans, and blitz again until no lumps remain. Season to taste, and blitz until completely smooth, adding enough water to bring the hummus to your preferred consistency.

4. Serve the hummus topped with a drizzle of olive oil, some more fresh coriander, and a few Nuttee Bean™ spicy roasted fava beans.

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Spinach Spicy Citrus #Sundaysalad with Spicy Nuttee Bean™ fava beans

Prep time

15 mins

Cook time

0 mins

Total time

15 mins

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Ingredients

1 cup mandarin oranges, drained with liquid reserved
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Dusseldorf-style German mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 bag of Spicy Nuttee Bean™
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups fresh spinach leaves
2 green onions, chopped

Instructions

Between the sweetness of the mandarin oranges and the spicy Nuttee Bean™, flavor explodes in each bite of this salad. Top it off with Chinese five spice mustard dressing to really make your taste buds happy.

  1. Combine reserved liquid from mandarin oranges, olive oil, mustard, cloves, and Chinese five-spice powder in a jar with a tight-fitting lid; seal jar and shake vigorously until the dressing emulsifies.
  2. Season the Spicy Nuttee Bean™ with rosemary and cayenne pepper.
  3. Toss spinach leaves and green onion together in a large mixing bowl; top with mandarin oranges and pecans. Drizzle dressing over the salad to serve.