Meat-free Monday: three ways with beans

Three ways with beans.
Three ways with beans. 

Easy home made baked beans

With winter closing in on us, comfort food is back on the menu. Beans are a great way to give your family the comfort food they are carving while still taking care of their nutrition.

This easy bean recipe is so interchangeable, it's a great base for you to keep on hand to make any number of easy midweek meals. It freezes well so go ahead and make a double batch, keep a stash in the freezer for emergencies. Below are just three serving suggestions but the possibilities are endless.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons mustard

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

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4 Tins borlotti beans

2 tins crushed tomatoes

1 tin water

25g butter

Method:

Warm a medium saucepan over a low heat. Pour in the oil, paprika, mustard, sugar and salt. Cook these over a low heat for 2 minutes while continuously stirring.

Drain the beans and rinse them thoroughly. Add the beans and the crushed tomatoes to the paprika mix and give it all a good stir. Half fill each empty tomato tin with water and pour it into the saucepan.

Cook the beans uncovered, over a low heat for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Take the beans off the heat and add the butter to the saucepan. Stir the beans until the butter is melted and the beans are glossy.

Baked bean bread rolls

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This is a simple way to fancy up your beans on toast. The kids will enjoy the novelty of their individual rolls and you can add all the grown up ingredients you like to spice up you own dinner.

Ingredients:

½ batch of beans (warmed)

4 bread rolls

100g grated cheese

1 punnet of cherry tomatoes

sour cream (optional)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Cut the tops off the bread rolls but don't discard the lids, they are great for dipping into the beans later.

Scoop the inside of the bread roll out, trying to leave around a 1cm crust on the roll.

Fill the rolls with the beans and sprinkle the cheese over the top of the beans. Pop the rolls into the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

Serve with chopped tomato and sour cream for a decadent variation of beans on toast.

Bean wraps

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This is a great way to get some extra salad into the kids in the winter months. Don't let the ingredients list here limit you, bring anything the kids like (grated carrot, capsicum, cucumber) to the dinner table.

Ingredients:

1 batch of beans (warmed)

1 packet of wraps

Lettuce

Tomato

Grated cheese

Sour cream (optional)

Method:

This is such an easy no complaint meal. Just put all the chopped up salad ingredients, cheese and sour cream on the table. Put out the wraps and beans and let everyone make their own favourite flavour combination.

Jacket potato with beans

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Ingredients:

½ batch of beans (warmed)

4 potatoes

100g grated cheese

1 punnet cherry tomatoes

1 bunch chives

Sour cream (optional)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Wrap 4 large washed potatoes in foil and bake them in a preheated oven for 1 hour. Pierce the foil with a skewer to check if they are ready. The potatoes should be easily pierced if they are cooked, if not put them back in the oven until they are easily pierced.

Take the potatoes out of the foil and cut a cross in each potatoes. Being careful of the steam, gently pull each corner of the potato away from the centre.

Fill the potatoes with beans, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and chives – or what ever your family enjoys.

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