I can hear you – “why on earth would I want to make baked beans when they are cheap, readily available and already allergy-free?” This is about slow food; and using fresh, unprocessed ingredients. As I like my potato baked for about an hour in the oven, why not use that time to bake my own beans?
The preparation takes about 10 minutes, then you just need to leave them to bubble away, giving the occasional stir. You could even put them in the oven with your potatoes. This makes the equivalent volume of 2 tins of beans, but it can easily be doubled-up and frozen.
Try it, and see what you think. Once you have experienced how this looks and tastes so similar, but is so much better for your body, you’ll be as converted as I am. And as you will see from the speedy meatballs recipe, regularly using tomatoes and onions can help to prevent certain types of cancers.
Lunchtime tip – invest in a good food flask and take these into the office for a lovely hot meal, or give to the children to take into school (remember to follow the food safety instructions!).