Butterbean stew recipe

Hello everyone,
I haven’t posted a recipe or anything for quite a long time. I asked a few people on Instagram if they would like me to start posting recipes again and I got such positive feedback that people would love to see recipes. I dip in and out of blogging ever such a lot but I really enjoy it. I enjoy having the space to share anything my heart desires. So, as with all of my other recipes I have shared I thought I would post them on this blog. This particular one I am going to share today was actually requested and I didn’t really know what you would want me to share so I thought I would kick off with this one.

Butterbean stew:

Butterbean stew

400g can chopped tomatoes
1 can of butterbeans in water, drained and rinsed
1 small onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 red pepper, chopped
1 courgette, chopped
1tsp each of cumin, coriander and garam masala

What to do:
1. Heat a little oil in a saucepan and add in the onion, carrot, pepper and courgette and cook for five minutes
2. Add the butterbeans, chopped tomatoes, cumin, coriander and garam masala and simmer for 15 minutes. You may need to simmer for longer depending on how crunchy or soft you like your vegetables to be
3. Serve with whatever you would like and most importantly enjoy! πŸ™‚


Vegetable and bean chilli


Firstly, I want to apologise because I know I said I would post this recipe on Friday but that never ended up happening because silly me forgot I had an appointment in the afternoon and then by the time I knew it the whole day had ran away with me. I am also sorry because if you follow my Instagram then I have been posting these meals and not posting the recipes until ages afterwards so it is a little confusing and I am still getting used to the whole blogging and instagram at the same time. I guess one could say I am no multi-tasker! Anyway, I want to share with you today this vegetable and bean chilli. I have SO MANY chilli recipes but I really enjoyed this one because it felt so fresh tasting and not so heavy.

Bean chilli and chips

Bean chilli and chips

Bean chilli and rice

Bean chilli and rice

The recipe:
1tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, finely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 courgettes, diced
1 red pepper,deseeded and chopped
1 yellow pepper, dese1eded and chopped
1 tbsp chilli powder
100g red lentils, washed and drained
1tbsp tomato puree
2x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
195g sweetcorn, drained
420g can butter beans, drained
400g kidney beans in water, drained

What to do:

1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Cook the garlic, ginger, onion, courgettes and peppers for about five minutes until starting to soften. Add the chilli powder and cook for 1 minute more.

2. Stir in the lentils, tomato puree, tomatoes and 250ml water. Bring to the boil and cook for 15-20 minutes.

3. Add the sweetcorn and beans and cook for a further 10 minutes. (I made seven portions)

Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Feeling happier.


I woke up this morning with some energy in me which is quite unusual as usually I am a sloth in the mornings. Anyway, I decided as I didn’t feel dead I would use my time wisely and get on with doing things that I wouldn’t do if I felt tired and unmotivated as that is how I usually feel! So I cleaned my hamster out and I was finished by 9:30. That’s how much of a machine I was this morning. πŸ˜› I then did a bit of work before college. It was the tiniest bit actually. It probably doesn’t count for much but oh well.

I then got the 10:30 bus into town which got me into college at 11:30 so I had half an hour to look at the books in the library. I actually discovered on Tuesday that the college library do loads of books on all eating disorders and also depression. So on tuesday I took out one on anorexia and one on beating depression. I am currently reading the anorexia one at the moment and it is really interesting. I probably shouldn’t be taking these books out as they are for health and social care students I think and I am doing science.. But they apply to me so I thought why not?

I then had a maths class which is always on a Friday afternoon and it is physically draining. I was so tired by this point and then after that I had planned to go into the library to do some work but I ended up staying in there for about fifteen minutes because I just couldn’t concentrate. And now I am home πŸ˜€ Getting the bus back was awful though.. I kept falling asleep but you know when you only fall asleep for about two seconds and then your eyes jolt open again? Well that’s what kept happening.

And then when I came back I was absolutely starving. Fridays are my worst days for eating because I have classes between 12 and 2:40. and I usually eat lunch in between those times. So my eating schedule gets mucked up on a Friday but I am okay with it now. I don’t worry as much as I used to and I know now that if I am hungry then I should just it. It really doesn’t matter about what I have eaten before in the day because it will all even out. And also when I came back from college I did feel happier than usual which is really good. Im not confident that it will stay like that though. I am just reaaally tired. All my energy burst from this morning has evaporated which is really annoying.

The good news is I have got horse riding and Merlin to look forward to this weekend πŸ˜€ I am going horse riding with my mum and my sister. My sister has never been there before so I will be excited to see which horse she gets! Lol, that does sound really weird but I love all the horses there. Even though I have only ridden three now. Me and my sister used to go horse riding when we were younger so she can canter and things like me as well. I did do it much longer than her though.. I acttually can’t believe I stopped because I love it so much. I talk about it all the time don’t I πŸ˜› But it’s waay better than saying I have no hobbys and I hate everything which is what I used to be like. Now I have one hobby and I love it to bits πŸ˜€