Beans on toast is a perfect lazy Sunday morning breakfast. As baked beans usually contain added sugars, salt, and BPA contaminants, it is always best to make your own if you can.
As I am sure you know, beans are an excellent source of protein, fibre, B vitamins and other vitamins and minerals. They are known to help reduce blood sugar and improve cholesterol. They are very popular in our house and we use them in many different ways, I like to make sure our children are getting as much vitamins and minerals as possible whilst enjoying delicious food.
Below is a recipe using tinned beans – you can use tinned beans or dried beans. If you use tinned beans, you can make it in 15 minutes and because I wanted to show the quick easy recipe I have gone with this one for today – I will create a blog post soon with a recipe for delicious beans using dried beans – in particular, using one of my favourites, gigantes beans.
You can choose whichever beans you like for this dish – our favourites are borlotti beans, haricot beans and pinto beans. You can enjoy them as part of a big veggie breakfast, beans on toast or chop some vegan sausages into them.
You can stir spinach into them for an extra healthy boost or add other diced vegetables. They are versatile, easy and moreish and far tastier than a tin of baked beans.
Spiced Up Beans
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion chopped finely
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp ground paprika
- 1/4 tsp chilli powder (optional)
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tin haricot beans / borlotti beans (you can use any beans of choice)
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- salt to taste
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the onions and garlic
- Fry for around 5 minutes over a low heat.
- Add the herbs, spices, vinegar and haricot beans and cook for a further minute.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and cook over a low heat for around 10 minutes.
- Add salt to taste and serve.