Smoky Swede and Beans

I really like the combination of sweet flavours with the smoky taste of paprika. This dish serves up both and is a really tasty, as well as cheap vegan and gluten free meal in the long months after Christmas.

I think swede is really underrated and often we forget how versatile it is and only think of it as an addition to mash or stew. This roasted vegetable and bean dish makes the most of the swede’s sweet flavour and soft texture. And as large British swede was on offer in the supermarket the swede I used for 4 servings was only 59p!

Start by preparing the vegetables. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the hard green and purple skin from the swede and then chop into batons. Similar sizes to carrot sticks. Pop into a roasting dish and into the oven at 200° with some oil. Personally I’ve used a little of the Fry Light Avocado oil for this roast but you can amend to your taste. Roast for 20 minutes before turning the swede and adding slice red pepper, yellow pepper and red onion. Stir through so the vegetables are even coates in oil and season with a generous sprinkle of paprika and a little cayenne pepper before returning to roast again for a further 25 minutes.

At this point you can add your beans for the last 15 minutes of the hour long roast. I’ve used black eyed beans as they have a hearty flavour and work really well in smoky dishes. I’ve also used ready to eat black eyed beans from a tin for bonus lazy weekend points! Add the beans and stir through the vegetables before finishing the roasting.

This meal is so tasty and so simple to make. A great way to use swede in vegan and coeliac diets.


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