Best Ever Baked Bean Lunch

Much has happened in the week since my last post! After a few days of no sugar, the weekend and a rugby game loomed. We thought after being so good we could enjoy a few drinks after our fish n chip dinner while we watched the game. Alas our bodies disagreed!
Husbean was the first casualty and I felt somewhat annoyed that he had to go to bed so early on his night off. It wasn’t until later, when I was in bed devouring delicious recipes in my head on my tablet that I too got an awful sore tum. Man what an effect sugar must have in our bodies! Anywho apart from that its been a good few weeks of enjoying delicious wholesome meals and avoiding refined sugar at all costs! For the latest rugby game we had a lovely visitor from the big city staying with us for some fun and fresh air and our Wholemeal Apricot Chicken Pizza, a quick shredded coleslaw and some amazing Spicy Wedges from My Darling Lemon Thyme were devoured followed by a long night of too many drinks and too much singing….

                              The Best Baked Bean Lunch. Ever.

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You will need:
Dried or Tinned beans – I used 1 tin of Butter Beans And 1 tin of Red Kidney Beans as our lovely small town supermarket didn’t have any Cannellini Beans and its 30km to the big town and even further to the big city!
A good knob of Butter
1 Celery Stalk – Chopped
1 Carrot – Chopped
2 Large Garlic Cloves
1 Small Red Onion – Quartered
3 Rashers of Streaky Bacon (Preferably FreeFarmed and Sugar Free) – Diced
1 Tin Organic Tomatoes
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce OR Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Tomato Paste
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Honey
1 pinch each of Dried Thyme and Parsley
A good grind of Salt and Pepper

First off put your carrot, red onion, garlic and celery in a mini chopper or food processor until blitzed into a paste. You want to fry this in a saucepan with the butter (much like you do with curry paste) once fragrant, add your diced bacon and cook until half done.
Next add the remaining ingredients and stir until thickened and beans and bacon are cooked. Taste and adjust seasonings if that is what you fancy.
A perfect winter lunch by the fire, top with grated cheese and some crusty bread X

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