Grown up beans

I loooove brunch! If you follow me on Insta @beas_bites this will come as no surprise. My usual weekend consists of catching up with friends and family, a circuits class and brunch. 

This weekend, for the first time in a long time, because of other plans, I did not go out for brunch. 

My body, clearly not used to the absence of brunch like foods demanded that I create one of my favourite go to options. Beans on or next to toast (you know how I feel about soggy bread). I'll admit to a slight exaggeration on the demanding front but I reckon it gets the point across right?

Now beans can sometimes be a tad blaaah so the challenge is making them full of flavour but also versatile enough that you can use them in a number of ways. 
This is the sort of dish I like to make in big batches then freeze and pull out when I'm looking for a quick meal or something seriously comforting.

I've tried these as a side with steak and I also pimped up the classic kids favourite of sausage beans and chips. My ultimate favourite way of eating these has been on toasted ciabatta and topped with a poached egg. 

For a bit of a twist, I also tried dicing some chorizo and fried it off before adding the beans and passata. This gave it a really nice kick.

It worked fabulously in all three dishes!

INGREDIENTS - serves 4

1 tin of butter beans, drained
1 x 500g carton of passata
1 red onion
Olive oil or fry light
1 courgette
Handful of spinach
Pinch of dried chilli flakes
1 chicken stock cube
Salt and pepper to season

1. Finely dice the onion and sauté with the chilli flakes
2. Quarter the courgette and add to the pan
3. Add the butter beans and passata to the pan then heat through until piping hot
4. Throw in the spinach and season to taste

Enjoy : ) x