I love a good bean chilli, and it’s a great budget meal,
so I knew it was going to be part of my Live Below the Line menu (for more our
Live Below the Line challenge, click here). I like Sainsbury’s Mixed Beans in
Chilli Sauce because the flavours are really good, so I knew that would help
make this an interesting meal (since seasoning is under heavy rationing right
now). I think this is a pretty good example of how you can make a tasty,
filling meal with cheap and simple ingredients.
1 tin Sainsbury’s Mixed Beans in Chilli Sauce
A little grated cheese, to serve
Start by peeling and finely chopping the onion and
garlic, and get them sizzling in a scoop of melted butter - during Live Below
the Line I’m using butter for frying rather than oil, as it’s cheaper, more
versatile and adds more flavour, although it’s not as healthy. This is one of
the many trade-offs you’re forced into by such a small budget.
Once the onion has softened nicely, add the beans and the
tomato puree, and then fill the bean can with water and pour half of that into
the saucepan too. Using the bean tin is a good idea because it means you get
out all of the sauce left behind in the bottom – waste nothing! Add the
seasoning and give it all a good stir, then leave it to bubble for ten minutes
Serve with rice and a (very small) sprinkling of cheddar
cheese on top.
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