A few weeks ago a nice lady from London, England sent me a message saying that she had just become vegan but was having trouble finding vegan options where she lived. I asked my little sister about this, she is also vegan and has traveled extensively in the U.K. She confirmed that “Londoners get vegetarian but they don’t really understand vegan.” While I have not yet made a trip “across the pond”, I do know that they love their beans…especially Heinz Beanz. I too am a fan of Heinz Beanz – they are my favorite fast food. Straight out of the can, heated up and poured over rice, or in a moment of splurge, I love them on top of a stack of thick cut fries (baked of course).
Of all the ways you can enjoy Heinz Beanz, my favorite recipe is also the most simple…beans on toast. Beans on toast is traditionally served in England as part of a full English breakfast (1), but in a rush, it makes a quick meal any time of the day. There are two simple ingredients to this recipe…a can of Heinz Beanz and toasted bread. The preparation is just as simple:
- Place the beans in a saucepan on the stove top and heat.
- While your beans are heating, toast some bread in the toaster.
- Place the toasted bread on a plate, spoon the beans on top and enjoy
My sister said that the English use a thick cut slice of white bread, I suggest using a thick cut slice of whole grain organic bread – It is nutritionally better.
Oh, and the lady from London…she is a big fan of Heinz Beanz and didn’t
realize they were vegan and thanked me for “enlightening” her. If you live in London and would like to get more info on begin vegan, check out this guide to going and staying vegan from the London Vegan Campaigns. If you don’t live in London but want to learn about English comfort foods check out these great U.K. recipes.