Baked beans are a rich source of protein, carbohydrates and fibre. Tired of beans on toast? Try these ideas for a tasty change.
1. Breakfast scramble
Scramble some eggs with baked beans for a breakfast that will keep you full all morning.
2. Stick with soup
Add flavour and texture to a tomato or vegie soup with a small can of salt-reduced baked beans.
3. Beans con carne
Try this for a lunch or dinner: Chop 1 onion and 2 garlic cloves; pan-fry over medium heat with oil until brown. Add 500g beef mince. Cook until brown. Add a 420g can of diced tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of cumin powder and 1 teaspoon of oregano; stir until liquid reduces. Stir in 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and a 420g can of baked beans and simmer until sauce thickens. Add chilli to taste. Serve with rice.
4. Say cheese
Make cheesy jacket potatoes. Bake 2 medium potatoes at 200ºC for 50 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven, cut each into quarters to halfway down only. Squeeze gently to open. Heat 220g of baked beans in cheese sauce. Spoon into open top of potatoes. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
5. Pizza perfect
Spread tomato paste onto wholemeal pita bread. Top with a 220g can of baked beans. Add your toppings and a pinch of dried basil and oregano. Cover with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake at 220ºC until base is crisp and golden.
6. Pasta pronto
Join two favourites for a quick, fuss-free dish. Simply add heated baked beans in tomato sauce to cooked, wholemeal spaghetti and top with parmesan cheese.
7. Mexican with a twist
Next time you make burritos, tacos, fajitas, nachos, tortillas or any Mexican dish with beans, try using baked beans instead!
8. Baked bean patties
Roughly mash a 420g can of beans. Mix in 1 small chopped onion, 1/2 grated carrot, 1 egg and 1/2 cup flour. Mould into patties. Fry each side until golden brown. Serve with salad or as a hamburger.
9. Makeover cottage pie
Chop 1 onion and 2 garlic cloves; pan-fry in oil until soft. Add 500g beef mince. Break up lumps. Brown. Stir in a 420g can baked beans in tomato sauce, 1/2 cup tomato paste and 1/2 cup beef stock. Simmer for 10 minutes until thick. Place in baking dish and top with 4 mashed potatoes and 1/2 cup of grated cheese. Bake for 30 minutes at 180ºC or until golden brown.
10. Get full-on frittata
Chop onion and garlic; fry on low heat until golden. Stir in a 220g can of beans, 1 chopped tomato and 6 whisked eggs. Sprinkle with grated cheese and chopped parsley. Cook on low heat until set. Serve with salad.