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Filling, nutritious, inexpensive, quick to cook and with endless potential, canned beans and pulses score highly on our list of storecupboard essentials.
Beans and pulses are ideal for padding out dishes, as in this comforting (and thrifty) beef stew. And while the combination of fork-tender meat, spices, chocolate, coffee and kidney beans in this slow-cooked chilli might sound unusual, it is a triumph.
Mashed cannellini beans make an excellent alternative to potatoes and are a brilliant base for veggie burgers too.