Bean Nuggets – Easy, Cheap & Healthy
This recipe is basic, cheap and great to make during lockdown. Ideal for kids to make when they're bored and it will get them eating more veg.
- 1 can mixed beans drained
- 2 slices bread (to make breadcrumbs) I used wholemeal
- 1 medium carrot grated
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp pink/sea salt
- season with black pepper
- Preheat oven to 180oC/356oFPlace the bread in your blender/food processor and blend briefly until you have breadcrumbs. Set aside.To your clean, empty food processor add (save a handful for the end) the beans, curry powder, garlic, onion, carrot, peas, salt and pepper. Blend to chop and combine the ingredients. I like the nuggets chunky so left the mixture coarsely chopped. Transfer into a large bowl and add the breadcrumbs and the handful of ingredients you didn't blend. Mix together with a spoon then use your hands to bring the mixture together. The liquids from the veg will soak into the breadcrumbs and help the nuggets set. Shape into nuggets (6 large or 12 smaller) and place on an oiled baking tray. Bake for 20-25 (15-20 for smaller nuggets) minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow the nuggets to sit for a few minutes to set. If you remove too quickly they will fall apart.Serve with your favourite dip or sauce. Enjoy!
Tip: Let the nuggets sit on the baking tray for a few minutes before serving. This helps them bind together. Don’t worry, they’ll still be very hot! I used wholemeal bread but feel free to use white or gluten free. If you like your food spicy add a teaspoon of chilli powder.