Tuesday, July 14, 2009

White Beans and Tomato on Toast

Trying to keep Chloe busy and entertained during the summer can make for a busy day. Recently, on the days I don’t feel like cooking a big meal, I’ve been making white beans and tomato on toast. It’s super easy, taking about 10 minutes, but full of flavor and very comforting. And, not a fast food meal in sight. Here goes!

White Beans and Tomato on Toast

1 garlic clove, chopped

olive oil

1 can of whole stewed tomatoes

1 can of white or cannelloni beans drained and rinsed (S&W make a great product)

a sprig of fresh rosemary

a few pinches of dried basil

salt and pepper

whole grain toast

Over medium heat, in a small to medium pot, gently sauté garlic in olive oil. Don’t burn it or it will get bitter and you’ll have to start over. About 30 seconds later, drop in the tomatoes and break them apart with a potato masher. Add beans, rosemary, basil, and warm through. Add salt and pepper to taste. As it heats up the flavor of the rosemary will perfume the tomatoes and beans. So, the longer you leave the rosemary in, the stronger the flavor.

Meanwhile, toast your bread.

Remove the rosemary sprig and spoon your fragrant bean/tomato mixture over your toast. Now, drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Very Jamie Oliver!

And there you have it. For those days when you don’t feel like cooking or just don’t have the time, a quick and easy, yet comforting meal. And you can even super-size it without any guilt!

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