Baked beans are the pantry staple that’s often overlooked in favour of other more complex or exciting meal options. This is a bit of a shame however as the humble bean can be a fabulous tummy filler and an easy lunch or light dinner option for the whole family.
Beans are super healthy, not only high in protein but are also packed full of fibre, iron and folate. They are also low GI, meaning that they’ll keep you feeling full while your blood sugar levels remain stable.
While baked beans originally had a bit of a reputation for their high levels of salt, the options available on shelves these days include reduced salt versions. Making your own however is a great way to ensure that you’re eating a product with the least amount of sodium possible. Perfect for when you’re on a healthy eating plan.
Making your own baked beans is also budget friendly, as well as being super simple. Homemade baked beans can also be frozen and defrosted as needed, meaning you’ll always have a batch on hand to feed hungry mouths.
This recipe uses canned cannellini beans along with herbs and spices for flavour. Adding canned tomatoes to the mix means that each serve is also high in the antioxidant lycopene .