* This is a sponsored post for Cirio *
Spanish food is a favourite in our house, and it can be super healthy too. A little touch of paprika can go along way in a hearty vegetable stew and throw in some butterbeans to make an extra filling and creamy Spanish Bean Stew.
I told you there would be a break from Italian recipes, but we haven’t moved too far across the Mediterranean and we are indulging in a Spanish inspired recipes today. I have to admit, there should have been more olives in the photos, but I ate most of them. I just can’t control myself around them.
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I am going to Spain! Woooo Hoooo! I am so grateful for all the sun we have been having in the UK the past week, but it just doesn’t compare to the Spanish sun, does it! A week today I am going to be flying in to Barcelona on a press trip and spending 24 hours eating as much tapas as I can, before I head out in to the Spanish countryside to go to a fitness retreat called Healthy Starts. This is no bootcamp, but instead lots of pilates, swimming, bike rides and walks in the beautiful Spanish countryside, whilst staying in a Spanish villa with it’s own pool. I am going there to review it on the blog, so make sure you are following me on Instagram to see all my updates when I am there.
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I have been to Barcelona a couple of times before, but I don’t think I could ever get bored with that city. The food, the architecture, did I mention the food? So, to celebrate my Spanish adventure, I am bringing you a Spanish recipes today.
Although Cirio is an Italian brand, and they are proud to be Italian, I want to show you that there is so much more that you can do with their products than use them in Italian recipes. When we think of tinned tomatoes, we usually think of pasta dishes, but you can use them in all kinds of cuisine and tomatoes are integral to a lot of Spanish dishes.
Like the Italians, the Spanish are also passionate about great quality ingredients, so using Cirio tomatoes in this was the perfect fit. I have a very exciting pizza dish coming soon that uses this delicious tomatoes too.
Although this is a hearty dish on its own, we served ours with some bulgur wheat to make it a little more filling. You could have rice with it though, or courgette noodles, or even put it in a pita bread. Yes, I am going to do that next time.
Oh, and a glass of wine with it is of course optional, but you know the Spanish would do it 😉
Spanish Bean Stew recipe:
Spanish Bean Stew
- 400 g butter beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 onion, diced
- 8 mushrooms, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 ribs of celery, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1 yellow pepper, diced
- 400 g chopped tomatoes
- 150 g spinach
- 10 olives, halved
- 1 tbsp paprika
- A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
- 4 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- Heat a little oil in a pan and add the onion, mushroom, garlic, celery, carrot and pepper and gently cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Serve with bulgar wheat (optional)
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**This recipe was commissioned by Cirio, however all opinions are my own**