Oven-baked Beans

Recipe courtesy of Psychologies Magazine (June 2014) and taken from Fresh and Light by Donna Hay.

This is a great meal to make when you’re short on time but need something robust to keep you going.

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Serves : 4

Ingredients:
8 cloves garlic, peeled
750g cherry tomatoes
100g flat pancetta, chopped
6 sprigs fresh oregano
2 x 400g tins butter beans or large lima beans, drained and rinsed
125ml vegetable or chicken stock
Grated parmesan and chargrilled sourdough bread, to serve

Step One : Preheat the oven to 200oC / 400oF. Place the garlic cloves, tomatoes, pancetta and oregano in a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.

Step Two : Add the beans and stock and cook for a further 10 minutes or until the beans are warmed through.

Step Three : Sprinkle the beans with parmesan and serve with the bread and some wilted baby spinach, if desired.

Mixed Bean Casserole

Recipe courtesy of Woman’s Own from many years ago!

Serves : 4

Prep time : 10 minutes;   Cook time : 45 minutes

Ingredients:
1 tblsp vegetable oil
1 onion, peeled and sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 celery sticks, washed and sliced
2oz (50g) plain flour
1 tblsp tomato puree
½ pint (300ml) vegetable stock
500g carton sieved tomatoes
1 green chilli pepper, sliced
1 tsp chilli powder
400g can mixed beans in salted water, drained
420g can red kidney beans in salted water, drained
420g can butter beans in salted water, drained
400g can chopped tomatoes
Salt and ground black pepper

Step One : Preheat the oven to Gas 4/350oF/180oC. Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole dish and add the onion, garlic and celery. Sauté for 3 minutes, or until softened.

Step Two : Stir in the flour and tomato puree and cook for a further 1 minute.

Step Three : Add vegetable stock, sieved tomatoes, sliced chilli pepper, chilli powder, beans and the chopped canned tomatoes.

Step Four : Season well with salt and ground black pepper, then cover and cook in the oven for 40 mins. Serve.

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Re-Fried Beans

Serves: 4;  Cals per portion: 413;   Prep time: 5 mins;   Cook time: 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 15oz (430g) can borlotti beans, drained
  • 15oz (430g) can black-eye beans, drained
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • salt and ground black pepper

Step One – Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, then add the beans, chopped onion and crushed garlic, and mash well with a fork.
Step Two – Stir in chilli powder, ground cumin and chopped parsley, and season well with salt and ground black pepper. Mash again, then cook, stirring frequently, for 5 mins. Serve.

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