Homemade Baked Beans with Proscuitto and Goats Cheese

I am sure a lot of you would agree that making healthy meals everyday, three times a day can sometimes be a challenge when you a full time job. Running for meetings, managing deadlines and difficult clients and then traveling all around the city can leave really no times to cook all 3 meals a day.



And this week has been very hectic, we have survived on left overs and some more left overs. I have had no time or energy to cook good meals everyday and as D and I are both foodies as the week moved on, the left overs just got to both of us. We both got cranky and grumpy over dinner on Thursday night as neither of us could digest the Rice and dal which I had made on Monday and had stretched all the way to Thursday.


So I decided that I would make a good breakfast for Friday to end the hectic week and hopefully make the weekend look better. It's funny how good food always manages to lift my spirits. I had some Prosciutto and a can of Organic Cannelloni Beans lying around and I just knew what I had to make.



I woke up really early and just threw in some Tomatoes and Onion to make some home made Baked beans with prosciutto and baked it with some generously topped Goats Cheese and Parsley. So by the time I had gotten ready for work, the breakfast was also ready. I knew this dish will make me happy even before I started to make it. With every bite I tasted the freshness of the Beans and the delicious Goats cheese. And trust me the weekend definitely could not have started on a better note then this. Both of us felt cheered up and happy, ready to face the world, satisfied with the first meal of the day.


Recipe: (Cooking time 25 minutes, serves 2)


1 can organic Cannelloni or Butter beans (400 gms)

1 medium Tomato finely chopped

1 small Onion finely chopped

1 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup

2 - 3 slices of Prosciutto or rindless Bacon coarsely chopped

1/2 tsp smoked Paprika

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 tsp Olive Oil

Goat or Feta Cheese to serve as per your level of greediness

1 tbsp freshly chopped Parsley


Method:


1) Heat oil in a pan and add the Prosciutto or Bacon and fry on a medium heat for 2 - 3 minutes.


2) Add the chopped Onions and saute till the Onions turn translucent.


3) Add the tomatoes and Tomato ketchup. Cover and cook on a medium flame for 5 - 7 minutes.


4) Drain the water from the canned beans and add them with the Tomatoes.


5) Add some of the chopped Parsley, smoked Paprika, freshly ground Pepper and a little bit of Salt. Be careful while adding salt as the Prosciutto has Salt too.


6) Cover and cook for a few minutes till you preheat you oven at 160 degrees C.


7) Place the Beans in small ovenproof bowls of ceramic dishes. Top up the Cheese and sprinkle some more Parsley and bake for 7 - 10 minutes till the Cheese starts to bubble over. Sprinkle some more Parsley before you serve.


Serve hot with toasted bread and enjoy this delicious treat.

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