Kidney bean burgers

These kidney bean burgers are an alternative to a meat burger.  These kidney bean burgers are a healthy option that is not only simple to make but are also very cheap to make. The kidney bean burgers contain vegetables that can count towards your 5-a-day!

Happy days!

  • Serves: makes 4
  • prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes
  • 1 x 400g tin of kidney beans
  • 1 small onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander – finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp veg or sunflower oil + plus extra to fry.
  • 1 teaspoon flour
Preparation method


Step 1 Drain and wash kidney beans. and to a saucepan cover with cold water and bring to the boil. once boiling reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes
Step 2 Add onion, carrot, cumin & coriander in to a frying pan and add oil. Fry on low heat until soft.
Step 3 Add the drained kidney to the onions and carrots remove from heat and mash together and stir in flour.
Step 4 flour your hands and make 4 balls of the mixture (caution wait until coll enough to handle.  Shape balls of mixture into burger shape patties.
Step 5 Heat your frying pan and add a small amount of oil and fry the patties and cook for a few minutes on each side.
NB If time available leave in the fridge for a couple of hours before frying as this will firm up burgers.  If you place in an air tight container the patties will keep for 2 day’s

Home Made Pot Noodles

Need to take something different to work for lunch?

Even want something different at home for lunch?

This is a simple take on the store bought pot noodle but with fresh ingredients that make it taste nicer!

To start with you will need to get hold of the fine type noodles that you pick up in the supper market.

I have listed several combinations that can be tried but feel free to change and mix around. All you will need to do is combine the “POT” (old fresh soup container) and the “JAR” (baby food jar or simular) and add boiling water from the kettle when you are ready to eat.

Best combienations are are 1 & a, 2 &b

  • Serves: 2-3
  • prepTime: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 5-8 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes
Spanish style
Ingredients for the pot (option 1)
  • Fine dehydrated noodles
  • Finely sliced carrots
  • One Finely sliced spring onion
  • Frozen peas and sweetcorn
  • Chopped Choretito
Sweet and sour
Ingredients for the pot (option 2)
  • Fine dehydrated noodles
  • One Finely sliced spring onion
  • 1tsp powdered ginger
  • Sugar snap peas 2 or 3
  • 1 chopped red chilli
Ingredients for the Jar (option a)
  • 2 tbsp dark soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soya sauce
  • 3 tbsp pasata
  • 1 tbsp chilliman pasta
  • Pinch of chilli flakes (to taste)
  • Salt and pepper.
Ingredients for the Jar (option b)
  • 2 tbsp dark soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soya sauce
  • Lime
  • 1 tsp Brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper.
Ingredients for the Jar (option c) Devils sauce
  • 1 tbsp English mustard
  • Dash wostersauce
  • 1 tbsp spicy ketchup
  • Splash of tabasco sauce
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • Red current jelly
  • Tinned crab
Preparation method
Step 1 For the pot, finly chop the carrott and spring oinion. Remember the ver is to be wafer thin as the only cooking it will get is from the boiling kettle water that you add to the pot
Step 2 Crush up the noodles and squash them in to your pot. Add the carrots, spring onion, peas and sweetcorn and chotetito.  Thats the pot done. Put on the lid until you are ready to eat.
Step 3 For the jar, add all the ingredients to your small jar. Cloase the jar and shake.  You can leave this until you are ready to serve.
Step 4 To serve, boil kettle. Add contents of the jar to you pot. Poor the boiling water into the pot just to cover the pot contents.  Replace the pot lid and leave for 5-8 minutes. Open stir and enjoy! Better then any store brought pot snack!


Roasted vegetable soup with a chilli bite

Easy to make roasted vegetable soup. You can add any other veg that you have in the fridge that may be on the turn.  This is a great way to lose weight if you follow a point based diet as this can be 0 points!
If you substitute the olive oil with Fry Light mist spray this becomes Slimming World SYM free!

  • Serves: 4-6
  • prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30-40 minutes
  • Total time: 60 minutes
  • 2-3 Onions
  • Peppers – Chopped in large chunks
  • Garlic Bulb – peeled
  • 1-2 Carrots
  • 6-8 Tomatoes – cut in to quarters
  • 1-2 Green or red finger chillies
  • 1-1.2 pints of chicken stock ( Vegetable if you prefer)
  • Olive oil
Preparation method
Step 1 Pre-heat the oven to 200C. Roughly chop the vegetables including garlic and chilli. Place in a oven proof dish / Roasting tray.  image
Step 2 Drizzle the olive oil over the vegetables and toss.
Step 3 Place in the oven for 30 minutes.  You want the want the vegetables to part burn.  This adds the flavour.  image
Step 4 When the vegetables are done add the stock and stir, Now transfer to to a sauce pan, making sure that you get every thing out of the oven dish!  image
Step 5 Puree the soup to the texture that you like, Lumpy or completely smooth.  image
Step 6 Warm through and serve or divide out in to portions and freeze.