Regular readers will know that we, as a family, are looking to eat a cleaner diet. One that reduces our processed food intake and generally eat better.
Baked Beans are one of the twins favourite foods and one that I have been wanting to go from shop bought to homemade. Shop bought baked beans have sugar listed as the fourth ingredient, which I feel is too much. So I have tried making my own baked beans, that have added vegetables in, no sugar and just healthier foods.
When I served it to the twins one of them loved having the grated vegetables while the other preferred the vegetables blended with the tomatoes, or hidden as he called it.
This is what I did...
Full of Goodness Baked Beans
1 x 400g tin of haricot beans
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 stick of celery, grated and discard the stringy bits
1 clove of garlic, crushed
150g tomato passata
2 tsp Worcester sauce
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to season
1 - Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the onions, carrots, celery and garlic
2 - Cook the vegetables over a medium heat for 5 minutes or until they are starting to soften
3 - Rinse the haricot beans and add to the vegetables
4 - Pour over the passata and mix thoroughly
5 - Add the paprika and Worcester sauce and mix
6 - Heat the beans and sauce gently to just below boiling point, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes before serving
These beans are delicious as the are or on toast, as the children like them.
If you love your beans to have a bit more of a kick of flavour, as I do, then add some more drops of Worcester sauce before tucking in!