Here is another easy way to use up bread, which makes a warming dish when the weather is cooler. The quantities are not critical but it is important to make sure you boil the beans thoroughly for 10 minutes and cook at least 30 minutes in total. (Raw kidney beans are poisonous.)
I pop my unused bread in the freezer. Then it's ready to defrost to make this dish, which is a vegetarian version of chili con carne. It can be as hot or mild as you prefer depending on how much chili powder you use.
CHILI CON TOFU
2 tblsp. oil
12 oz. dried kidney beans
8 oz. firm tofu, rinsed and roughly mashed
1/2 - 1 tsp. hot chili powder (depending on taste)
1 tsp. chopped chilies (dried ones are fine)
1 tin chopped tomatoes or 5 oz. tomato puree
4 oz. bread, grated to coarse crumbs
- Soak the beans overnight, or for about 8 hours, then drain and boil for 10 minutes. Turn down the heat and simmer for at least 20 minutes until soft.
- Chop the onions and fry until lightly browned.
- Combine all the ingredients and enough water to be stirrable. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Please add comments or other ideas for using up bread.