uni essentials: baked beans

You must be thinking I am crazy making a post about baked beans. They are the ultimate student food! cheap, full of protein and good vitamins but sometimes normal beans are a little boring especially if its all you have to live off of!

I am here to make those boring beans delicious and easy to eat when you’ve got through your hundredth can!

BBQ beans: chop up some bacon or sausage and fry it in a pan, when crispy add the beans, some garlic powder, chilli powder and smoked paprika (or if you don’t have herbs or spices I love using chipotle hot sauce). cook for 4 minutes and you’re ready!

Quick bean chilli: fry off some onion and pepper, add the baked beans a heaped tsp of cumin, chilli powder, smoked paprika and garlic powder. let cook for 5 minutes and you have a quick bean chilli.

Cowboy bean hotpot: heaped handful beef mince, half can of potatoes in bite-size pieces, 1 small roughly chopped onion, salt, pepper, cheese. – Fry off the beef mince and onion. When the mince starts to crisp up add the potatoes, salt, pepper and crisp up the potatoes. pour I the beans, stir, top with the cheese and put under the grill until bubbly and golden.

The big dipper: poor your baked beans into an ovenproof dish and make 2 wells in them. crack in 2 whole eggs, sprinkle over salt and pepper and a sprinkle of cheddar and bake in a 200C oven for 10 minutes and sever with toast (we particularly like this with toast ‘dippers’)

heinz soup: Add a tbsp of tomato puree, a tin of carrots including water, a dash of vinegar, salt, pepper and tin of beans to a pan. heat for 5 minutes and blend (for a soup that tastes like Heinz)

These are just a few ideas to jazz up your beans or do something different with them!

Love Emily, chef who slims x

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