Tinned kidney beans, black beans and baked beans are versatile items to have in your pantry, for a range of flavoursome dishes. Beans have become a popular addition to Australian diets over recent years, with more people becoming vegan and appreciating their value in protein. If you have a pantry full of tinned beans and you're wondering what to do with them all, then check out these easy, tasty recipes below. Why don't you try one this weekend?
Ingredients: 420g can of Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup rolled oats 1/3 cup honey 1/4 cup olive oil 2 Tablespoons raw sugar 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder 200g bag Nestle Choc Bits - Milk Chocolate
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a rectangle baking tin with baking paper. Combine all the ingredients (except for Choc Bits) in a food processor. Take out the blade and stir in 2/3 cup of Choc Bits. Pour into baking tin and scatter the rest of Choc Bits on top. Press them firmly down into mixture. Cook for 25 minutes or until cooked. Allow to cool in tin, then slice into squares. Makes 12.
Add olive oil to a medium saucepan and fry onion and garlic until soft. Add capsicum, chilli powder, paprika and cumin and cook for 5 minutes. Add mince to pan and cook until brown. Add beef stock and stir. Add tomatoes, sugar and tomato sauce. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir through kidney beans and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add water if it looks too thick. Leave to stand for at least 10 minutes prior to serving over jacket potatoes. Serves 4.
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1 brown onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, crushed
400g can of baked beans in tomato sauce
1 green capsicum, diced
1 cup tomato sauce
1 beef stock cube with 1/2 cup of water
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. In a fry pan, cook mince, onion and capsicum until mince is browned. Pour off excess fat. Stir in tomato sauce, stock cube, water, vinegar, crushed garlic and brown sugar. Simmer for 2 mins. Pour into a casserole dish, spoon un-drained beans on top. Cook, covered, for 30-40 minutes. Serve over mashed potatoes. Serves 4.
These are just a few recipes to get you appreciating the diversity of the humble bean. Enjoy!