beans, beans, good for your heart

I'll slow down on the you-have-to-try-this-food-from-scratch! business soon I promise.

I don't have that many new ideas.

I'm just a hungry pregnant lady at present. That's my excuse. 

So: baked beans!

What kid doesn't love baked beans? Well actually I didn't. I don't think I even tried them till I was about 19 and at university and when baked beans and two minute noodles seemed to be adequate nutrition. In total. Maybe with vegemite toast as a back up. Been there, anyone?

Anyway, I now love them. The smallies love them. So I make them. Here's my recipe:

Homemade Baked Beans


375g (approx) of dried beans. Navy beans best (also sold as Great Northern Beans here in Australia), cannelini beans good too – this is what I used this time (photo) as I hadn't been to my awesome Italian grocer who stocks big bags of dry navy beans. 

2 finely diced onions

6 tomatoes, pureed in blender

2 tsp Dijon mustard

3 tsp tomato paste

1 tbsp brown sugar


Soak your beans overnight then rinse and cook for about 30 minutes on the stove, covered with fresh water.

Saute onion in a little oil in a heavy based saucepan then add your tomatoes, mustard, tomato paste and brown sugar. Cook for a minute then add in the beans and put a lid on it and cook it (on low) for about another 40 minutes. 

Loving the beans. 

Hope you're having a good week? 


One Comment on “beans, beans, good for your heart

May 8, 2010 at 6:58 am

These look fabulous! I’m definitely going to try them. Really impressed by your May challenge. And sounds pretty yummy so far…apart from the disastrous risotto. But it certainly made for an amusing anecdote! The cake looks wonderful. xo


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