Last weekend I went to a friendly little cafe in Dulwich Hill for breakfast with a couple of my favourite people. On the menu were some house made baked beans and I got to try them – yummo. Nothing like those nasty radioactive looking things from a tin, these beans were soft and tasty – a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Don’t get me started on the dirty chai – a mix of soy milk, decaf coffee and chai spices which sounds awful but tasted like heaven…..
I got to thinking about what an underrated meal this is. Have them for breakfast with toast, lunch in a sandwich or with some salad, dinner gets easy with burrito filling, baked potato topping, with some brown rice and herbs or just a warm bowl full with melty cheese or sour cream/cashew cream and some fresh greens. Kids love them and they are a great way to get some extra fibre and nutrients into your diet in a really easy way.
This version has a nice spicy kick thanks to the paprika so you may want to omit this for little ones…
NaturoCath Baked Beans
1 large spanish onion
1-2 cloves garlic
2 x 400g cans kidney or cannelini beans
1 x 400g can brown lentils
800g can of diced tomatoes or bottled passata
1 heaped tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
I x 10cm sprig rosemary
juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
salt and pepper to taste
Finely slice the onion and cook in olive oil till soft and transparent. Add mined garlic and cook for a further minute.
Add all other ingredients and let simmer for about 30-40 minutes till it’s a lovely sticky mess of tastiness.
Yep, that’s it. Easy peasy !