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How is beans on toast a treat?

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kit05 · 22/11/2019 14:09

Saw someone on here the other day said they were having beans on toast as a "treat".

Why is this a treat? Is it due to salt and sugar in them ?

This was staple of my student diet, not sure I see it as a treat , more so that times are hard.

Any other treats ?

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kit05 · 22/11/2019 14:22

@bgegmum it was in the what's for dinner thread.

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transformandriseup · 22/11/2019 14:22

I think I ate this everyday as toddler. No I wouldn't call it a treat although I do eat it sometimes as a cheap lunch

GothMummy · 22/11/2019 14:22

It's comfort food in our house, something easy to eat if you are too poorly or cold or lazy to cook. With lots of grated cheese.

TheWernethWife · 22/11/2019 14:22

I bloody love beans on toast, its my regular Wednesday dinner. Kids have all left home so just me and the cats left.

Camomila · 22/11/2019 14:23

I'd think either they had some health issues that meant they couldn't eat beans very often (lots of fiber) or they are a treat because they don't buy them normally but liked them when they were little so its a 'cosy' meal.

Ooh or they live abroad and they cost £££, sometimes I buy completely normal things like specific Italian branded biscuits or sauce as a treat.

wondering7777 · 22/11/2019 14:23

well you wouldn't have it with cold, bare toast would you!

Well my brother would, as he doesn't like butter! Confused

PooWillyBumBum · 22/11/2019 14:23

It sort of is a treat for me as I love it and don’t have to cook “proper” food. We eat it once or twice a week!

GrumpyHoonMain · 22/11/2019 14:23

It is a treat if you cook from scratch. I consider jacket potatoes with cheese and beans a treat too even when I make the jackets at home because it’s so easy

PickwickThePlockingDodo · 22/11/2019 14:25

This place is like a different planet at times, OP Grin

As for I sometimes buy processed foods and eat them out of curiosity..


MooseBeTimeForSummer · 22/11/2019 14:25

It’s a treat for me! I’m in Canada. The beans here are nothing like the ones from the UK, despite them making a “British style” variety. I occasionally buy an imported tin of proper beans.

Yarboosucks · 22/11/2019 14:27

I have it about once a year and it is a "treat" because of the novelty.

kit05 · 22/11/2019 14:27

@GrumpyHoonMain my childhood was strange my mother classed jacket potato's with cheese &beans as " cooking". This was standard meal . I now try and cook from scratch myself I eat things she has never / would never try. Not poverty issue just set in ways and she rotates between 3/4 different meals usually ready meals. Maybe that's why i don't see it as a treat as so standard growing up and also whilst I was a student.

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IHaveBrilloHair · 22/11/2019 14:27

Beans is surely a treat?
Who on earth eats more than one bean at a time, that's just gluttony.

kit05 · 22/11/2019 14:28

@PickwickThePlockingDodo 🤣🤣 I know random hobby I might venture down the tinned aisle later

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Bigredumbrella · 22/11/2019 14:29

Not a treat but lovely like a warm confronting hug. My kids often have it for breakfast with Worcestershire sauce & a sprinkle of cheese and sometime a fried egg on top.

RememberMeDanny · 22/11/2019 14:29

It’s a treat for me as I cook from scratch 99% of the time so the odd day I can just do beans on toast is a massive treat for me, and the kids.

elp30 · 22/11/2019 14:30

I live in the US now so an imported can of Heinz baked beans cost $3 so it is indeed a treat.

I suppose it's what you grow up eating. I find it absurd that people eat quesadillas in restaurants. I'm Mexican and that's probably our equivalent of cheap yet filling food like beans on toast.

ffswhatnext · 22/11/2019 14:30

Mmmm beans on toast. Black pepper, garlic, fried onions and a bit of chilli sauce.
If I have dinner today that's what I am going for.

Bellaxx8 · 22/11/2019 14:30

I wouldn’t class it as a treat... just something I feed the kids after I’ve worked all day and can’t be assed to cook.

Lucky for me beans on toast with grated cheese on top makes me ‘the best mum ever’


Bigredumbrella · 22/11/2019 14:31

^^ Comforting hug I think beans are non confrontational on the whole!.

paap1975 · 22/11/2019 14:32

I'd see it as a treat too. Can't think of that last time I had baked beans. It's a comfort food thing

TheReluctantCountess · 22/11/2019 14:33

Beans aren’t cheap if you buy the branded ones, so it is a treat in that respect.

LemonPrism · 22/11/2019 14:34

Because it doesn't require cooking

Elbeagle · 22/11/2019 14:34

Those who see it as a treat... in what way is it a treat? For me a treat is either something really luxurious or I suppose something really unhealthy that I would eat very rarely due to it being so unhealthy. Beans on toast don’t fit into either category do they?!

Jaxhog · 22/11/2019 14:35

It's one of my favourites too! But the toast has be just right (dark, thin and crispy), and the beans must be either Heinz or Cross and Blackwell.

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