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Is it ok to live mostly on beans for a month?

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Dalrymps Tue 22-Jul-08 13:05:24

With all the food prices going up and us creeping further and further into out overdraft i'm trying to think of ways to save some money. I decided this morning we should try to live on beans for the next month or so as well as a few other things eg: potatos, eggs, cheese, bread, fruit, but mainly beans. So we would have toast/cereal for breakfast, beans on toast/baked potato for lunch and then maybe something egg based like omlette/scrambled egg and beans for tea or other cheap dishes like corned beef hash etc.
Anyway, just wondering if it would be very unhealthy to do this? I lived on rubbish as a student and seemed ok but want to be healthy as well as save money.

Boco Tue 22-Jul-08 13:08:13

There are lots of different kinds of beans - and lentils and stuff that would add a bit of variety and still be cheap. I think that just baked every day would be rather sickly after a few days. Pasta can be cheap too.

juneybean Tue 22-Jul-08 13:09:38

I heard beans on toast was one of the best (nutritionally) meals around so go for it!

Might be a stinky month in your house though ;)

Brangelina Tue 22-Jul-08 13:14:15

You will probably be healthier. Pulses are much healthier than either meat or dairy in the long run and should be consumed in a higher proportion than either of those. I would explore other recipes including different types of beans or lentils or chick peas as baked beans every day is a bit boring and yuk.

Brangelina Tue 22-Jul-08 13:17:53

Some recipes here, along with nutritional info

Some more here

More again here

FAQ Tue 22-Jul-08 13:19:05

baked bean lasagne good and cheap (do a search here on MN - it;s where i got it from) - make a change to beans on toast

taipo Tue 22-Jul-08 13:22:06

Just don't light any matches in your house for a month wink

DeeRiguer Tue 22-Jul-08 13:24:26

try lentils, and other beans cannellini, pinto, borlotti, chick peas etc..
with some onion and basic veg (celery cucumber toms and herbs etc) you can make all sorts
warm lentil salad, indian dishes, bean soup, chilli, bean burgers etc
i think i have baked beans about once a month could not contemplate a whole month of them

experiment around some offers on 3 for £1 as sainsburys for canned beans (no need to soak & boil)

norkmaiden Tue 22-Jul-08 13:25:29

sounds perfectly okay to me, especially with all the other things you're including. And as a veggie, that's pretty much my diet anyway!!

Dalrymps Tue 22-Jul-08 13:45:59

Oh good, yeah am gonna get some lentils too for ds's food so will use them, he will eat like a king but we will be beany stinkers!
Thanks for the links, am gonna read through them now smile

solo Tue 22-Jul-08 13:51:15

I ate baked beans on toast/potato every day in a bid to lose a bit of weight years ago. A good tip for not getting so much wind is to add a little vinegar to the beans.

Dalrymps Tue 22-Jul-08 14:39:20

thanks for the tip solo, dh is pretty windy anyway so anything that will help is good lol

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