Healthy Beans on Toast

Sometimes you just want a comforting culinary reminder of your childhood. But let's face it - thats not always the healthiest or freshest option…our mind is currently wandering to tins of Heinz mushroom soup, steamed treacle puddings, Angel Delight (does this even exist anymore??) and of course good old baked beans.

So we were delighted when IHS marketing assistant, and very soon to be Nutritional Therapy graduate, Edelle O’Doherty-Nickels shared this quick and simple recipe with us. Baked beans the healthy way! Delicious, family friendly, nostalgia packed….what’s not to love? We’ll be enjoying these on top of some lovely fresh sourdough this weekend. How do you like yours?

(Serves 4)
Preparation time 10mins, cooking time 10 mins.

You will need

  • 10 leaves fresh basil
  • 4 sticks celery
  • 2 cloves raw garlic
  • 2 tins mixed beans (no salt/sugar if possible), drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes


  1. Cook the chopped onion, celery and garlic in a little olive oil over a moderate heat until the onion is soft and translucent
  2. Add the tomatoes and beans and season well and simmer until the sauce is rich and thick
  3. Stir through the basil
  4. Serve on toast or with rice or quinoa