I very rarely open a can up and serve it as a meal except for these Heinz Baked Beans from the UK. In UK, baked beans is almost always referred to as baked beans in tomato sauce, while the baked beans in the US are mostly made from pork and molasses. I love these Heinz Baked Beans as I can whip up breakfast in 2 mins using them, or make a side dish in 2 minutes. A long list of reasons why I like these Heinz Baked Beans –
- NO artificial colors, preservatives or flavors.
- One can read and know every single ingredients in it – beans, tomatoes, water, sugar, salt, modified cornflour, vinegar, spice extract, and herb extract.
- No High Fructose Corn Syrup.
- Good source of protein
- Gluten Free
Now for the cons –
- High sodium content. Each serving has 1000mg of sodium. Given that the recommended sodium intake for kids under 4 is 1000mg/day.
- Hard to find these UK made Heinz Baked Bean in the general grocery stores in the US. I pick mine up from either the local British stores or Indian stores.
A few ways you can eat them:
- Heat them up as per the instructions on the can. Spread the baked beans on a toast (your choice of bread), sprinkle some grated cheese on top. Toast for about a minute or two in the toaster oven. Enjoy!
- Or you could just eat the beans plain on toast if you are not a cheese person.
- I like mine with puff pastry puffs. I bake plain puff pastry puffs and eat them with the baked beans. The kids seem to like it too, although I think they like the puff pastry more than the beans.
I spice the canned version we make at home using either cumin seeds or mustard seeds. The baked beans above, served with puff pastry, were spiced with mustard seeds. A quick simple way:
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp olive oil
1 can Heinz Baked Beans (made in UK)
Head a pot, add the oil, toss in the mustard seeds. Add the beans and heat for 2 mins. Serve! Enjoy the day and the make the most if it (this is my latest mantra and Dr. Allan Greene seems to agree too).
NOTE: Please read the labels carefully for the US version of Heinz Baked Beans or the Canadian version of the same product as I believe they are different from the UK version.