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Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#1. Beans on toast with a twist]

Updated on August 5, 2012
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OK – we all know the great beans on toast meal. Traditionally made with cooked haricot beans in a thick tomato-based sauce, this is easy, cheap and quick. Try it with the twist.

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Beans on toast with a twist (balti dish not required)
Beans on toast with a twist (balti dish not required)

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 4 min
Yields: 1 tin of beans serves 1 hungry person

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of baked beans
  • 2 slices of bread, toasted
  • handful cheese (cheddar / monterey jack), grated
  • 0.5 apple, diced
  • handful sultanas
  • 2 teaspoons (to taste) curry powder
  1. Warm the beans in a pan on high heat and stir constantly. Pop the bread in the toaster. Butter the toast. Poor the beans on the toast and grate cheese. Presto – done in 90 seconds!
  2. If you want to add a bit of a twist, add the “For the twist” ingredients while heating through the beans. Presto – done in 95 seconds! (5 seconds to chop the apple.)

If you are cooking for one; need a quick but nourishing meal; and want a super cheap meal, this ticks all the boxes.

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Another alternative to traditional baked beans...

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Home to the famous Boston baked beans

Yes - but who "invented" baked beans?!

The theory on baked beans is that the native North Americans invented cooking navy beans with a variety of additional items – such as molasses or maple syrup, bear fat, and meat (typically venison) – to make a tasty dish.


This then spawned a number of additional varieties of baked beans (Boston Baked Beans was an early variety).


The baked beans we know today - made with haricot beans in a tomato sauce - is thought to be an Italian interpretation of the above recipes.


Humble haricot bean - humble...but very versatile
Humble haricot bean - humble...but very versatile

Other articles in this series


Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals (for £1 / $1.60 or less!)

Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#1: Beans on toast with a twist]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#2: Quinoa rice]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#3: Veggie shepherd’s pie]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#4: Chickpea Moloshyam]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#5: Mushroom risotto]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#6: Cheese Omelette]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#7: Veggie Nasi Goreng]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#8: Veggie Spaghetti Bolognese]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#9: Macaroni cheese]
Top 10 quick and cheap veggie meals [#10: Curried eggs]

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