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Pesto Butterbeans on Toast

Pesto Butterbeans on Toast

A Delicious Combination of Creamy Avocado, Pesto Butter Beans, and Homemade Tomato-Onion Spread

Are you tired of the same old breakfast routine? Looking for a way to kickstart your day with a burst of flavors and textures? Elevate your breakfast game with this Pesto Butter Bean Toast recipe!


This dish combines the creaminess of avocado, the zing of pesto butter beans, and the richness of homemade tomato-onion spread, all on a bed of toasted whole-grain bread. This is such a filling and flavoursome dish that you could easily make for breakfast lunch or dinner!

The Ingredients You'll Need:

  • 1 can of butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons of pesto sauce
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 50g mushrooms sliced
  • 2 slices of bread, toasted (I went for seedy sourdough loaf)
  • 80g cherry tomatoes sliced 
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 4 basil leaves finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Lemon wedges 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sriracha sauce + fresh basil to top (optional)

Step-by-Step Method:

1. The Tomato-Onion Spread: Start by sautéing finely chopped onions and minced garlic in olive oil until fragrant. Add tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper, and cook until the tomatoes release their juices and become soft. Gradually add spoonfuls of water to keep the mixture soft and spreadable (keep on a low heat) 

2. Creamy Smashed Avocado: Mash ripe avocados until they reach your desired level of creaminess. Season with a pinch of salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice for that extra kick.

3. Flavorful Pesto Butter Beans: Sauté butter beans in olive oil in a saucepan and mix in pesto sauce. Add in a large TBSP of natural yoghurt and Watch as the beans soak up the pesto goodness, keep warm on a low heat until assembling the dish 

4. Assembling the Toast: Spread the creamy smashed avocado generously onto one slice of toasted whole-grain bread. On the other slice, slather the homemade tomato-onion spread for a burst of tangy richness.

5. Bringing it All Together: Layer the flavorful pesto butter beans on top of the avocado and tomato covered toast.

6. Garnish and Delight: For an extra burst of flavour, garnish your creation with fresh basil leaves, and a drizzle of sriracha sauce.

Tuck in and enjoy! 🌱

Despite being super yum, there are also great health properties of this dish:

  1. Nutrient-Rich Avocado: Avocado offers healthy monounsaturated fats, which can support heart health. It's also rich in fiber, potassium, and vitamins like vitamin E and C, contributing to satiety, skin health, and immunity.

  2. Protein-Packed Butter Beans: Butter beans are a great plant-based protein source, helping to maintain and repair tissues. They also offer dietary fiber, aiding digestion.

  3. Balanced Nutrient Intake: This dish combines various nutrients like healthy fats, proteins, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, offering a well-rounded and balanced meal to start your day and will provide sustained energy.

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