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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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kateandme · 22/11/2019 16:00

thos that say they dont have it or eat super healthy actually doing the is about balance.its about moderation of every foods including moderation!
its about having salad.veg.chips.and meat(or veggie) its about heaven forbid having piza or chocolate twice in one day.and then about balance.
and its about eating for life aswell as joy.
ffks i dont think obesity or eating disorder are because we eat too much.i think its because we poor buggrs might have to eat treat food to be curious!

DaisyTulip · 22/11/2019 16:00

It's a treat in the sense it isn't really cooking. It's a quick fix, similar to although better than, packet pasta or noodles.

kateandme · 22/11/2019 16:01

*disordered eating eating disorders are different sorry.

Rainbunny · 22/11/2019 16:01

Perhaps more of a guilty pleasure kind of treat? I overhauled my eating and cooking habits several years ago and made a commitment to cooking from scratch as much as possible and avoiding processed foods as much as possible, so things like baked beans on some lovely crusty toasted white sourdough bread (with butter and marmite slathered on) would indeed be a tasty guilty pleasure meal for me Grin

Booksandwine80 · 22/11/2019 16:03

There is nothing nutritionally wrong with beans on toast Hmm
Whether it’s a treat or not well that’s out for debate Grin

dontlickthelamp · 22/11/2019 16:04

We have it quite a lotBlush

Goawayquickly · 22/11/2019 16:05

I had it the other night for the first time in ages, lots of cheese on top, delicious.
Beans on toast with an egg on top is also delicious

P1nkHeartLovesCake · 22/11/2019 16:06

I enjoy beans on toast White bread, beans with 2 handfuls on cheese on top but no I wouldn’t say it was a treat!

It’s more a comfort meal for me the same as say sausage and mash

pickletickled · 22/11/2019 16:17

Definite treat for me.
I shouldn't eat bread or any wheat.

AlexaAmbidextra · 22/11/2019 16:20

It's an MN food thread, where no one eats anything but home grown lentils with 'plenty of veg'.

And a massive salad. 😂

DBML · 22/11/2019 16:21

Eww 😷 Beans.

I’d just have the goat to be fair. Beans are disgusting...🤢

RatherBeRiding · 22/11/2019 16:22

I love beans on toast! Quick, easy, warm, comforting. And pretty healthy if you go for wholemeal toast and low sugar/salt beans.

What's not to like?

DBML · 22/11/2019 16:22

Toast not goat 🤦‍♀️
Damn autocorrect!

Bluerussian · 22/11/2019 16:30

I'm told goat is really nice, similar to lamb (which I love) but leaner. :-)

When I was a kid I didn't like beans but now I do on the odd occasion when I have them.

I occasionally did a meal with sausages, onions and beans which, in the final stages, were put in oven. My husband really liked that and I was happy to eat it too, not my fav food but not awful. Funnily my son (who is now 40), was not a lover of beans as a child but, like me, he quite enjoyed beans on cheese on toast.

moominmammy · 22/11/2019 16:33

DH always makes himself beans on toast with a huge amount of buttery toast and loads of salt and pepper, if I go out. Either that or a fray bentos pie. He would definitely call it a treat meal, as opposed to the 'proper dinners' I cook!

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g · 22/11/2019 16:34

People are so lazy. We live in inner London but we still manage to be self-sufficient in food. Beans on toast is an occasional treat for us because it takes so little time to make, compared with most of our meals.

I grow the maize (for cornflour), wheat (for bread flour), apples (for vinegar), haricot beans, tomatoes, garlic, sugar beet (for sugar), onions, assorted spices and herbs in the back garden, nourishing them with compost made from all our household waste (only takes a day a week to manage the compost heaps) and watered with run off water from the roof. Can't risk the stuff that comes through the tap. We keep a cow for the milk and the cream goes to make butter, which of course I churn myself. I evaporate sea water collected on occasional carbon balanced trips to the seaside to make salt. It's a bit of work making sugar from sugar beet, distilling our own vinegar, threshing the corn and wheat and pounding it in a stone mill to make flour, keeping the sourdough mother going so we can make fresh bread in our stonefired oven which we built ourselves and fuelled with wood collected in the local park, and so on - doesn't leave me time to work, of course - but it's so worth it for our physical and mental health.



MrsFoxPlus4Again · 22/11/2019 16:37

@AlexaAmbidextra always a emphasis on massive

FizzyGreenWater · 22/11/2019 16:37

Everyone is different! Of course it can be a treat, in the sense of total instant comfort food, no cooking, lovely buttery toast and beans. Yum. Probably a bit of Angel Delight for pud Grin

ffswhatnext · 22/11/2019 16:39

If done properly Goat is delicious.

lilgreen · 22/11/2019 16:39

Not a treat but a simple meal that is always better to eat than you imagine. Especially when you grate cheese into the beans while they cook.Wink

isabellerossignol · 22/11/2019 16:39

MN food threads are hilarious. I can't get enough of them Grin

kateandme · 22/11/2019 16:39

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g aaah but did you create the earth moon and sun in which to do this...

Legomadx2 · 22/11/2019 16:41

So much boring showing off on this thread. I have beans on toast (plus grated cheese and Worcestershire sauce) at least once a week and bloody love it.

CravingCheese · 22/11/2019 16:42

Well, it‘s basically a ready meal...
And whilst I don‘t quite classify white toast as a treat? It‘s definitely not something I eat regularly.

I do actually rather like the dish. Despite not having grown up eating it (not from the UK)... But I‘m not a picky eater. And it‘s still better than the school lunches I remember ;)

I must however say, I prefer my own vesion, which uses homemade, >>chili like

saraclara · 22/11/2019 16:42

It's comfort food. It's as simple as that.

Now I'm craving it.

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