These baked beans are warm, comforting and ideal as a hearty brunch on toast or as a side dish to an epic barbecue spread. Just remember to soak the dried beans overnight. The smoky chipotle adds a robust flavour that makes this taste meaty despite it being vegan. The beans will keep for several days in the fridge: just reheat with a splash of water to loosen. The salsa is a great accompaniment, but a dollop of yoghurt or soured cream would work, too.

serves 4
You might need to buy:
  • vegetable oil
  • ground cumin
  • ground cinnamon
  • 40g tomato paste
  • soft light brown sugar
  • apple-cider vinegar
  • Salt
  • For the salsa
  • olive oil
  • lime juice

Sweet potato cooks quickly, so it’s ideal for a speedy supper for one. Feel free, however, to swap it for another vegetable, such as aubergine or courgette. This serves one, but the sauce can be easily scaled up if you’re cooking for more, or batch cooking. Serve with rice, couscous or a bowl of greens.

ready in about 45 minutes; serves 1
You might need to buy:
  • olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 200g tomato passata
  • caster sugar