Peas on toast

[donotprint] Baked beans on toast is a common go to quick and easy lunch option for people in these parts. I’m not quite sure those of you across the water are quite as partial to the baked beans in tomato sauce straight from a can atop two slices of toasted usually buttered bread?

I was never a massive fan. If I had to have it I’d opt for the beans on the side to prevent being left with two incredible soggy slices of bread that were far from appetising sitting beneath the saucy beans.

Why is it that beans on toast is commonplace yet we tend to steer clear or fail to acknowledge the possibilities that other beans and legumes offer as wonderful toast toppings? We grab a tub of hummus without a second thought yet if some said “would you like some chickpeas on toast” it would be met with a slightly puzzled perhaps confused face?

When it comes to creating interesting plant friendly food of key importance is getting rid of your “meal rules” and habitual habits, throwing any preconceived ideas out of your imaginary window and learning to think outside the box a little. It won’t always work, but a little experimentation can yield some mighty result.

Peas on toast….case in point!

Most people have a bag of frozen peas lingering in the back of their freezer, some more neglected that others. Ever thought of spreading them on toast? Simply taking them straight from the freezer and placing them on two slices of your favourite bread…well not quite! You’d loose a lot of peas with even the greatest of efforts to prevent them rolling away.

Steamed peas, blended with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, lots of basil, salt and pepper on the other hand makes a mean creamy incredibly flavourful spread! Especially on top of two slices of my latest bread…lightly toasted, cool peas, sprinkled with some sprouts, a few reserved peas and it was good to go.

A super tasty alternative lunch or supper, in fact I’d even go as far as to say I’d happily eat this for breakfast! Another taste of Spring which completely blew me away.

What’s your favourite alternative bean or legume spread? I’d love to hear your ideas! [/donotprint]

Peas on Toast


Servings – 1

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time- 5 minutes


Pea Spread

  • 3/4 cup (100g) frozen petis pois
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 5-6 large basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

To Serve


  1. Steam peas for 3-5 minutes before plunging or rinsing in ice cold water in a colander.
  2. Blend with all other spread ingredients until you reach desired consistency.
  3. Toast your bread and serve with your pea spread on top, sprinkled with sprouts and steamed peas!

*You need a good thick slice of bread, mighty enough to not be weighed down by the generous lavish topping.

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  1. Yes, beans on toast are not a completely normal food pairing here on the other side. 🙂 At least not in California. Beans in a tortilla? Now that’s another story! I in my strangeness, however, love making aromatic spicy lentils with ginger, pepper pepper pepper, cayenne, and loads of cinnamon, then put them atop a hearty slice of toast spread with coconut oil. Yum! It’s the perfect rainy day comfort food!