Homemade baked beans

OMG these are next level! If you can get jarred beans please do, they are a whole different kettle of fish – creamy and melt-in-the-mouth. I used organic white beans from Bold Bean Co, absolutely delicious. Give these a cowboy edge with some smoked paprika, and you need just a smidge of sugar to round the flavour off. You could also add a bit of Worcestershire sauce if you’re not veggie, but I didn’t have any in stock.

Ingredients

  • Extra virgin olive oil for frying and drizzling
  • Half a yellow onion finely diced
  • A handful of ripe baby tomatoes
  • 1 level teaspoon of smoked paprika (optional)
  • Sea salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • A tablespoon of tomato purée
  • A smidge of sugar
  • 200g of cooked haricot beans – I used Bold Bean Co ones.
  • Chopped fresh herbs to serve.

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Instructions

Fry the onion for a minute in plenty of olive oil then add the paprika (if using), salt, black pepper and baby tomatoes. Continue to cook until the tomatoes soften a bit, then smash them with a potato masher. Add the beans and a bit of their liquid.

Now squeeze in the tom purée and add the sugar and simmer for a minute or two. Serve scattered with fresh herbs, a drizzle more extra virgin and some more black pepper.

Nutrition Info

Beans

Though the term “superfood” is applied to many foods these days, beans really may be deserving of the title. They are technically a starchy vegetable packed with protein, low in fat and sugars – this can aid weight-loss as they keep us feeling fuller for longer. It has been proven that beans also decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes due to their low glycaemic index, thereby improving lipid and glycaemic control in diabetics. Their most famous attribute is the link between their consumption and lower levels of cholesterol which in turn reduces the risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease.

Beans, in general, are one of the only plant foods that provide a significant amount of the amino acid lysine, in addition to a wide range of antioxidants. It’s important to get a variety of beans and legumes as each contain different and varying micronutrients; cannellini beans have more calcium; pinto beans score high in folate; and aduki beans, chickpeas, and butter beans are particularly high in iron. Most are packed with resistant starch, adukis are high in potassium, and red and black varieties are rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

Good honest nutrition

Eat beans not beings

Portion Guidelines

Instead of living with the bore of weighing food, counting points or calories and tapping everything you eat into a phone you can use nature’s custom-designed tool – your hands!

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