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Garlic Beans

The teen swears that her all time favourite meal is my homemade baked beans. She is always happy with a slice of toast and a big ladle of goodness and I’m delighted that she’s eating well. Feeding hungry teens on a budget can be tricky!

I do like a tomato sauce on beans but sometimes it’s nice to have a recipe that doesn’t use too many flavours. Less is more with these garlic beans which are I suppose a form of beans on toast.  You can prepare dried beans to make this dish or you can of course use a drained tin of beans instead. Do whatever suits your budget and time.

The wrap is a Lebanese style wrap that I like to buy from my local SuperValu. They’re as close to the real thing as I can find in Ireland, but do cost €1.69 for a pack of 5.

Garlic Beans (serves 5 for lunch)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 400g/1 drained tin cooked beans of your choice (flagolet and butterbeans here)
  • 100g defrosted green beans (I use frozen they’re very cheap to buy and a great store cupboard staple)

To Serve

Lebanese wrap, shavings of Parmesan, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper


Bring a large, heavy bottomed frying pan to a medium heat. Add the olive oil and sliced garlic, then gently fry until they start to turn golden.

Pour the cooked beans and green beans into the pan and coat them with the olive oil and garlic.  Toss them until they are heated through.

Serve on top of a flatbread and add the final toppings of your choice. Garlic Beans - Wholesome Ireland

I'm an Irish mother to 2 boys, born & bred in Dublin, Ireland. I like to cook simple & fresh food for the family, with the family on a budget.

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