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Homemade Beans

(with a baked sweet potato)

Serves 2

For as long as I can remember, Heinz baked beans have been a regular addition to a lot of our meals whilst growing up. The classic Full English breakfast, beans on toast, sausage and bean casserole, and of course the baked potato and beans. Opening a can of beans and zapping them in the microwave to go along side any meal was a quick and convenient fix for my Mum after a long day at work. But time moves on and knowledge about nutrition is always evolving. We now know that these innocent looking cans of baked beans are covered in a tomato sauce which is full of sugar and corn flour, making them an undesirable addition to my shopping basket. That’s why I now make my own.

This is such a simple healthylicious alternative to a regular baked potato and a can of Heinz baked beans.

I like to use a free from added sugar, tomato frito/passata base which is a combination of tomatoes with onion and olive oil and makes the sauce delightfully tasty. It's a healthy protein and high fibre packed dish free from refined sugar and chemicals and ready in minutes.


  1. In a skillet on medium heat add the tomato sauce, vinegar and the beans and stir for 1 minute.
  2. Add the herbs and spices and stir them in.
  3. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve over a delicious baked sweet potato with chopped chives and feta cheese crumbles.

You will need:

1 baked sweet potato

1 cup of tomato frito/passata

1 cup of pre soaked beans of your choice, rinsed and drained. (I like to use white kidney, navy or cannellini beans)

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon of dried oregano

½ teaspoon of turmeric

½ teaspoon of black pepper

A pinch of salt

½ teaspoon of smoked paprika (optional)

¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)

Toppings for sweet potato

¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

1 tablespoon chopped chives

Homemade Beans