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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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BAISum6367 · 22/11/2019 14:40

I like Heinz Macaroni Cheese on Toast. Cheap and simple but that is a real treat :)

LochJessMonster · 22/11/2019 14:40

Surely a treat is something you like that you don't have very often?

So anything can be a treat, including beans on toast.

FuckYouLadyThatsWhatStairsAre4 · 22/11/2019 14:42

Fuck knows but this has inspired me to get up off the sofa and make beans on toast.

With grated cheese, obviously.

newnameforthis76 · 22/11/2019 14:42

Christ, there's some uptight snobs on this thread. 'Food issues' over beans on toast?! Buying processed foods 'out of curiosity'? Get over yourselves (And jeez, a moderate amount of salt and sugar once in a while isn't going to bloody kill you.)

Beans on toast is comfort food for a lot of people, and probably reminds them of their childhoods. I absolutely love a nice thick slice of buttered toast with baked beans on it and I sometimes really crave it, especially if DP isn't home and I can't be arsed to cook properly. I cook fresh meals from scratch pretty much every single night so occasionally I like a night off.

Other comforting low-effort things I sometimes 'treat' myself to are boiled eggs and soldiers, a bacon sandwich or a jacket spud.

For the record, I don't have any 'food issues', I'm a good and adventurous cook and I'm not malnourished or diabetic.

FOJeremy · 22/11/2019 14:43

Beans are actually very nutritious. Have it with whole meal toast and it’s healthy. Mumsnet won’t believe it though

RubbishRobotFromTheDawnOfTime · 22/11/2019 14:43

"I sometimes buy processed foods and eat them out of family have a very healthy diet, everything is fresh"

I rolled my eyes at this one.

Span1elsRock · 22/11/2019 14:44

It would be a massive treat for me (diabetic). Sadly it makes my blood sugar roar to eat bread let alone beans with it. It's oddly enough one of the meals that I really miss eating......... especially with grated cheese and loads of chilli sauce Grin

My two DDs eat it all the time though, especially coming in from work.

Hydrogenbeatsoxygen · 22/11/2019 14:45

There's nothing wrong with beans on toast, it's actually quite nutritious and healthy.

Fairylea · 22/11/2019 14:45

Mumsnet has a huge thing about sugar and salt. I’ve never known such food snobbery. Beans on toast is fine! Honestly it is. Sure you wouldn’t eat it every single day but anything you eat too much isn’t good for you. Variety is the spice of life and all that.

ItsJustTheOneSwanActually · 22/11/2019 14:46

Nothing that falls into "Emergency Dinner" category can be called a treat IMO

As with Moose i'm in Canada - i was thrilled when the British Style beans turned up, but also sometimes buy an imported can at wildly inflated prices Grin

Brimful · 22/11/2019 14:46

I love beans on toast. With some cheese and Worcestershire sauce, and an egg on top.

Definitely comfort food, and a break from cooking. Filling and satisfying!

IHaveBrilloHair · 22/11/2019 14:48

Anyway, at least it's not cereal, AKA shit in a box Shock
I love MN food threads.

Bluerussian · 22/11/2019 14:49

Beans on toast is fine, beans are nutritious. Beans on cheese on toast is lovely. I've never thought of baked beans as a treat but I don't have them often so I suppose when I do it is something of a treat.

blackteasplease · 22/11/2019 14:50

If you enjoy it and don’t have it a lot then I guess it’s a treat!

StripeyTopRedLips · 22/11/2019 14:51

They probably just mean it’s something they really enjoy that they don’t have very often, that’s all. ‘Treat’ food doesn’t necessarily have to mean food that’s nutritionally void or very fatty or sugary. I feel like a really nice homemade fruit smoothie is a treat cos I don’t bother very often.

slashlover · 22/11/2019 14:52

I use proper chunky bread with a lot of butter on it. I make Jack Monroes version of baked beans and then cover it in cheese.

AloeVeraLynn · 22/11/2019 14:54

I love a mumsnet food thread. Some people are absolutely batshit crazy.

dontalltalkatonce · 22/11/2019 14:54

Mmm, beans on toast, cheese, bit of Marmite.

Twooter · 22/11/2019 14:55

I wonder what pp are eating normally if Beans in toast is considered too unhealthy to eat except as a special treat

PrincessHoneysuckle · 22/11/2019 14:56

It's a treat for breakfast but not for lunch or dinner

Sweetchicken · 22/11/2019 14:57

Mucky peas ont raft? I have no objection. One of your five a day.

Gingaaarghpussy · 22/11/2019 14:58

Beans on toast makes the toast taste weird.

I have a bowl of beans with bread and butter on the side, occasionally will up the anti with beans and sausages.

LaurieFairyCake · 22/11/2019 14:59

Bonkers opinions on here

Beans on toast is a healthy meal (obviously)

Sleeplesssleepseeker · 22/11/2019 15:00

Mmmm I like "curry beans" on a jacket potato (that's beans with a spoon of curry powder and a load of sauteed onions mixed in), cook them down until the sauce goes quite thick and gooey. Bloody lovely.
I don't think I would call beans a treat, as such, but they're definitely 100% comfort food.

They quite regularly have beans and jacket potato at my DC1s preschool.

BelfastNonBlonde · 22/11/2019 15:00

Oh my god I love beans on toast. SUCH a treat for me!
With a big mug of tea :)

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