BBQ baked beans

BBQ Baked Beans

Serves 6

  • 2 red onions

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 1 fresh red chilli

  • 2 large carrots

  • olive oil

  • 1 heaped teaspoon sweet smoked paprika

  • 1 level teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 level teaspoon dried chilli flakes

  • 6 medium sweet potatoes

  • 1 x 700 ml jar of passata

  • 2 x 400 g tins of mixed beans

  • 100 ml BBQ sauce

  • a few sprigs of fresh rosemary

  • ½ loaf of ciabatta or stale bread

  • 40 g Cheddar cheese, optional

  • fat-free natural yoghurt , to serve

Comforting and delicious, this is great served as a meat-free dinner or, without the killer croutons, it makes a damn fine side dish at any barbecue or with roasted meats. Feel free to use tinned butter beans or even chickpeas in this recipe if they're your favourites – this is the ultimate in baked beans, so make it your own.



Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Peel the onions and garlic, then finely slice with the chilli. Peel and chop the carrots. Put all these into a large roasting tray and place on a medium heat with a lug of oil, the paprika, cumin and chilli flakes. Cook for 20 minutes, or until softened, stirring regularly. Meanwhile, scrub the sweet potatoes clean, then rub them with a little oil, salt and pepper, place on a baking tray and put aside.



When the time's up, stir the passata into the tray, add a splash of water to the empty jar, swirl it around and pour it in along with the beans (juice and all). Drizzle over the BBQ sauce, season lightly with salt and pepper and stir well. Pick and roughly chop the rosemary leaves, toss in a little oil and sprinkle over the top, then place in the oven for around 1 hour, or until bubbling, baked and gorgeous, adding a splash or two of water to loosen, if needed. Put the tray of sweet potatoes into the oven for the same amount of time, or until soft and cooked through.



Around 20 minutes before the beans are ready, tear the bread into rough chunks and toss with a drizzle of oil in a roasting tray. Grate over the Cheddar (if using) then place on the bottom shelf of the oven for around 15 minutes, or until crispy and golden, to make croutons.



Remove everything from the oven, tear up or squidge open the potatoes, and serve with the beans, dollops of yoghurt and the homemade croutons to mop up that delicious sauce, with a simple green salad on the side.

Nutritional Information

BBQ baked beans

With smashed sweet potatoes

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Comforting and delicious, this is a great meat-free dinner idea or, without the killer croutons, it makes a damn fine side with roasted meats
Serves 6
1h 25m
Super easy
Method

Comforting and delicious, this is great served as a meat-free dinner or, without the killer croutons, it makes a damn fine side dish at any barbecue or with roasted meats. Feel free to use tinned butter beans or even chickpeas in this recipe if they're your favourites – this is the ultimate in baked beans, so make it your own.

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Peel the onions and garlic, then finely slice with the chilli. Peel and chop the carrots. Put all these into a large roasting tray and place on a medium heat with a lug of oil, the paprika, cumin and chilli flakes. Cook for 20 minutes, or until softened, stirring regularly. Meanwhile, scrub the sweet potatoes clean, then rub them with a little oil, salt and pepper, place on a baking tray and put aside.

When the time's up, stir the passata into the tray, add a splash of water to the empty jar, swirl it around and pour it in along with the beans (juice and all). Drizzle over the BBQ sauce, season lightly with salt and pepper and stir well. Pick and roughly chop the rosemary leaves, toss in a little oil and sprinkle over the top, then place in the oven for around 1 hour, or until bubbling, baked and gorgeous, adding a splash or two of water to loosen, if needed. Put the tray of sweet potatoes into the oven for the same amount of time, or until soft and cooked through.

Around 20 minutes before the beans are ready, tear the bread into rough chunks and toss with a drizzle of oil in a roasting tray. Grate over the Cheddar (if using) then place on the bottom shelf of the oven for around 15 minutes, or until crispy and golden, to make croutons.

Remove everything from the oven, tear up or squidge open the potatoes, and serve with the beans, dollops of yoghurt and the homemade croutons to mop up that delicious sauce, with a simple green salad on the side.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 535
    27%
  • Carbs 93.5g
    36%
  • Sugar 28.8g 32%
  • Fat 7.3g 10%
  • Saturates 1.3g 7%
  • Protein 18g 40%
Of an adult's reference intake

BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

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Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.

When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
http://www.fishonline.org

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