The Beany Ideas with Butter Beans

Butter Bean Pate

This butter bean pate with bread recipe is from BBC Food and Recipe.


Can of butter beans, drained
Lemon, grated rind and juice
Garlic, crushed
Fresh mint finely chopped
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Sprigs of mint, to garnish
Bread of your choice


1. Place the butter beans and lemon juice in a food processor and blend until smooth.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients, adjusting the amount of water to give a smooth pate.
3. Season and spread onto your chosen bread. Add the mint to garnish. Also delicious with salad.

Tuna & Bean Bagel

This beany, fishy, cheesy fresh idea is from Sainsbury's supermarket, Sainsbury's always have some easy-to-learn recipes.


Tuna in spring water
Butter beans in water
Fresh parsley
Basic natural yogurt
British mature Cheddar


1. Mix 1 tin of tuna in spring water, drained, with 1 tin of butter beans, drained, and chopped fresh parsley.
2. Mash together then stir in some basics natural yogurt.
3. Slice a plain bagel in half lengthways and spread the tuna mixture over each half.
4. Place on a baking tray, sprinkle with grated Cheddar and grill until the cheese is melting and golden.
5. Season with freshly ground black pepper and serve garnished with parsley sprigs for a quich and filling lunchtime bite.

Tips: If you have any leftover bagels, slice them in half, wrap in clingfilm and place in the freezer - they'll be handy to toast for quick snacks and breakfasts.

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