I had never heard of Beans on Toast until my friend Donna made it for me a few years ago. I don’t know much of the history, but from what I’ve read it’s a typical British meal that’s often served at breakfast or lunch. Essentially it’s exactly what the name implies, baked beans on toast, but there’s room to be creative by adding various spices, onions, etc. It seems baked beans are often a part of a British breakfast, which isn’t something you really find in the US.
I have to admit, Beans on Toast is one of those things that just sounds a bit odd before you try it, but it’s actually really good. It’s not a bad way for a vegan to start the day since beans offer some protein. It can be served on it’s own, or as a side, and it’s really quick and easy to prepare. I don’t know about you, but I resemble a zombie in the morning until I’ve had some coffee or tea. It’s nice to have something that’s so simple to prepare in the morning. If you’re feeling ambitious you can make your own baked beans, but canned are quick and easy.
1 or 2 slices of your favorite bread
1 can of vegan baked beans (regular baked beans usually contain bacon or pork fat)
1 yellow onion
4 cloves of garlic
- Chop the onion and mince or press the garlic. Saute them in a little olive oil.
- Add the baked beans to the onions and garlic. Heat on medium high. I should note, traditionally the British version uses British style Heinz Beanz which are less sweet and in a more tomato-y sauce, but I use the regular maple-y American kind and it comes out well. Some people insist the British style ones are best. It seems like it’s all relative to what you grew up with.
- Add garlic powder, black pepper, salt, and paprika to taste. You can get creative and add in other things if you like. I’ve seen some variations that include mustard or mustard powder, tabasco sauce, and even whiskey.
- Toast the bread. Once the beans are hot throughout, spoon them over the toast.