A Meal For Under $2? Baked Beans on Toast

Quick, cheap, flavorful, and healthy — what’s not to like?

Shefali O'Hara
4 min readJun 2, 2023
Source: Serious Eats / Diana Chistruga

I am on a tight budget these days, something I am sure others can relate to.

I also have dietary restrictions due to cancer. Again, this is something I think others can relate to, either because of medical conditions such as diabetes, or because of issues like gluten intolerance, or dietary preferences — some go keto, others vegan.

There is one meal that can fit many different diets while also being absurdly cheap and providing you with many nutrients. These include B vitamins, fiber, and minerals such as iron. Because the number of carbs per serving is pretty high, however, it’s probably not for keto-types.

Additionally, a serving of this will only set you back $1.50 assuming you opt out of buying organic but use store-bought broth. You could bring it down to $1.10 if you use water instead of broth.

What is this dish?

The humble but tasty baked beans on toast. I have it for lunch sometimes with a side of home-made sauerkraut or coleslaw. If I go with the latter, it feels like a barbecue, without the meat or potato salad.

For maximum savings and nutrition, make your own baked beans from scratch. That means soaking dried beans…

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Shefali O'Hara

Cancer survivor, writer, engineer. BSEE from MIT, MSEE, and MA in history. Love nature, animals, books, art, and interesting discussions.