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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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LucyFox · 22/11/2019 17:23

It’s probably Just something they don’t have very often for whatever reason – a good friend of mine thinks oranges are a treat as her father is highly allergic to them so she never got them as a child – even now in her 30s, a glass of fresh orange juice or a sweet juicy orange to eat is a treat to her. To many people it would be ordinary and every day

MzPumpkinPie · 22/11/2019 17:28

Beans on toasted farmhouse bread, real butter , with lots of grated mature cheddar on top is yummy.
Used to be a Saturday lunch time meal for me as a child but I had never given it to my DC until DS1 ( then 5 ) came home from a play date absolutely disgusted that he had been fed beans on toast. ( no cheese )
I told him to be grateful he had a warm meal and he said it's poor people's food.
X's mummy says so , she's got no money and X says they have it to eat lots.
I said but did you like it and he said it was ok, so now at least once a month he has cheesy beans on toast at his request.
Suits me fine because I love it !

CuriousaboutSamphire · 22/11/2019 17:38

It's a treat in this house. In the same way many other comfort foods are.

DH makes a mean variation, cheese on beans on egg on toast. We have it whenever we are cold, bored, grumpy or otherwise just not feeling like adulting!

Like Zara said... for us simple things bring great joys! Who cares what other people think of it?

koshkat · 22/11/2019 17:41

It's comfort treat food for me. Rarely had but when I have it, it is needed.

CottonHeadedNinyMuggins · 22/11/2019 17:51

@SayOohLaLa The Sainsburys chicken and stuffing sandwiches in the meal deal are a treat for me haha ;) I don't know what it is but I can't make them taste as nice as they do - they're beautiful! (think i need to get out more)

Galvantula · 22/11/2019 17:52

It's sort of a treat for me as sometimes I love a quick tea and DH always likes to faff for ages. Grin

Anyway thanks OP, I was trying to think what to eat tonight. I'm in just about better from a bug and almost got my appetite back limbo. Beans it is.

TheFormidableMrsC · 22/11/2019 17:54

Low salt/sugar beans on granary bread with a good grate of strong cheddar is bliss! It’s also one of your five a day. Nothing wrong with that!

Elbeagle · 22/11/2019 17:55

Low salt/sugar beans are ok if you add salt and sugar to them Grin

Bewarethesealions · 22/11/2019 17:57

Mmm. Cheese under the beans on buttered toast. Pity it's one of my reflux triggers, so I don't eat it that often.

BlueJava · 22/11/2019 18:04

They are a treat because tou dont have to cook a "proper" meal! Love them!!

Rosebel · 22/11/2019 18:27

I see it as a sort of treat. Know what I fancy for tea now.

Tolleshunt · 22/11/2019 18:31

Its no longer a treat since they took a lot of the salt out of the beans.

They can be made tastier with some Worcestershire sauce, though.

starryowl · 22/11/2019 18:31

I wonder if the person has commented who made the original comment that they were having beans on toast as a treat ...

Dancingbea · 22/11/2019 18:35

Someone said it’s nutritionally not great. But I would imagine it has everything in it? Protein, carbs, vitamins - low fat

MuddlingMackem · 22/11/2019 18:59

Another one who had beans and toast for tea tonight thanks to this thread - the rest of the family are either out for the evening or have already eaten. Grin

@isabellerossignol Fri 22-Nov-19 16:55:59
If I were having beans on toast, I'd actually be having beans beside toast, because I don't like stuff on toast, just with it.

I have beans with toast too, as I don't like my toast going soggy. I scoop the beans into a slice and make a sort of sandwich half-roll with them. Delicious!

Eckhart · 22/11/2019 19:01

I call it 'Beans near toast' for the same reason.

Bluntness100 · 22/11/2019 19:07

I don't like beans so clearly my view is coloured, but I see it as a lazy meal rather than a treat. I can't imagine saying to my family I've a right treat for dinner tonight and serving up beans on toast..🤣

echt · 22/11/2019 19:10

This thread has made me want beans on toast, with HP sauce on top. Unfortunately I've no beans and only poncey bread instead of the proper square stuff.

Straight onto the shopping list.

Havaina · 22/11/2019 19:10

Can't stand beans on toast but chips and beans are a treat for me.

SchadenfreudePersonified · 22/11/2019 19:11

it has everything in it? Protein, carbs, vitamins - low fat

Not low fat with the half pound of Lurpak I put on the toast . . . but delish!

Settlersofcatan · 22/11/2019 19:11

On mumsnet it's unhealthy to let your kids eat fruit because it's "too carby" so beans on toast are basically a heart attack on a plate

theEnglishInPatient · 22/11/2019 19:12

It's just a lazy option in my house, at times when no one can be bothered to cook, and we end up with omelette, pesto pasta, pancakes...

if someone think of them as a treat, who does it hurt?

As above, it's a treat not to spend more than 5 minutes in the kitchen!

Havaina · 22/11/2019 19:12

They are a treat because tou dont have to cook a "proper" meal!


Eckhart · 22/11/2019 19:14

It's nice and still quite healthy with an inch thick layer of Philly light on the toast, and Worcester sauce on top.

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