Everybody loves baked beans. Whether they’re homemade or from the can, cold or warm, eaten in winter or summer, baked beans are a tasty and comforting food that appeals to all flavor preferences and pallets.
I enjoy baked beans because they remind me of pleasurable childhood memories with my family. Whenever my family and I traveled to the lake for the day we’d bring at least one can of baked beans.
Baked beans were a part of the typical meal we prepared at the lake. Our quintessential lakeside meal consisted of baked beans cooked on the grill, homemade hamburgers, roasted hot dogs and freshly cut watermelon. The meal may change from time to time to include store-bought potato salad or a different fruit but the heart of the meal was still there: the hot dogs, baked beans and hamburgers.
Nowadays the individuals at the lake change depending upon boyfriends and work schedules. Nonetheless my family still makes this meal. This meal represented relaxation, pleasure and a carefree attitude.
While fond memories of this lakeside meal remain with me I am now able to see how our meal could improve in the health department. This meal is downright unhealthy. From the salty baked beans to the fatty hamburgers to the hot dogs made from mystery meat, it’s unhealthy.
The only healthy part of the meal was the watermelon that played dessert for after the grilled selections. The meal still signifies relaxation and a carefree attitude but now with a few negative realizations. The carefree attitude is no longer about leaving worries behind for the day. The carefree attitude conveys the lack of concern over health, wellbeing and science showing that white buns, floppy hot dogs and greasy hamburgers promote chronic diseases. The relaxed attitude is not just the attitude for the day but the overall attitude the penetrates my family over the state of their health.
Fortunately nearly any food can be made neutral in terms of health, if not wholesome and healthy. No food is required to be unhealthy anymore. I have transformed baked beans from a health concern into a delicious health-promoting food by removing the excess fat and sodium and replacing them with flavorful spices and fresh produce. Baked beans can again represent relaxation and a carefree attitude because this recipe is simple and takes minimal preparation to create. Serve Classic Homemade Baked Beans with Vegan Burgers, Potato Salad and a freshly cut watermelon and you are ready for a meal reminiscent of a day at the lake.
Enjoy the carefree and relaxed attitude of a day at the lake in your own home with this recipe for Classic Homemade Baked Beans. By removing the added salt, sugar and fat from the baked beans, you can now truly relax when you serve this recipe for baked beans to your family and friends. Go ahead, make these Classic Homemade Baked Beans and savor a cheerful meal. You deserve it.
Vegan and free of added salt, sugar, oil, gluten, soy, nuts and seeds.
Reasons to love this recipe: simple, fibrous, minimal food preparation, family-friendly
- 12 oz. (1/3 kg) great northern beans, soaked/sprouted
- 1/2 cup water or vegetable stock
- 1 large brown onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
- 2 cans (14 oz./400 g) diced tomatoes
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 inch fresh ginger, minced
- 3 tbsp ground dry mustard
- 1 1/2 tbsp sweet paprika
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350° (180° C). Combine water and beans in a pressure cooker . Cook beans for 5 1/2 minutes on full pressure then quick release.
Chop onion and garlic and sauté in your choice of liquid (water, stock or vinegar) until very soft, around 10 minutes. Stir occasionally and add more liquid as necessary if they get too dry. They should be very moist and onions should be somewhat translucent when done.
Add the rest of the ingredients to a blender and blend on high until nearly smooth, around 2 minutes. There will be some small pieces of carrot in the mixture— that’s okay. If you don’t want these small pieces of carrot you may cook the carrots before you blend them.
Prepare a large baking dish for the oven. Add the beans to the baking dish first, then the onions and garlic and lastly the sauce. Mix the contents of the baking dish so all beans are covered in a layer of sauce and the onions and garlic are distributed throughout the beans. Bake the beans for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and enjoy after cooling for 5 minutes.