Saturday, May 7, 2011

Baked Beans

Not your usual baked beans!

An easy dish for a BBQ, camping, or a potluck is baked beans.  However, most recipes call for molasses or other sugars and tons of salt.  Here's an easy, very healthy alternative I first heard about in the discussion forums of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's website.  It was created by a member there, Barb (who also writes a great blog about healthy eating ).

This is one of those accidental inventions. I was saving time by preparing my beans the night before and then cooking the next morning. And when they were done, they looked and tasted like baked beans! with no added sugar!

Juice from 5 lbs of carrots
1-3 cups water
1 lb (16 oz, 453 g) white or yellow beans
1 medium onion
2 parsnips (optional)

The night before: Rinse the beans. Juice the carrots and add to the beans. Add water to cover with an inch or two on top. Chop the onion and add. Peel and chop the parsnips and add. Let them soak overnight in the fridge. Next morning: put on the stove and cook for 2-4 hours, to desired tenderness. You'll probably need to add 1-2 cups water. The carrot juice makes them look orange, just like baked beans

1 comment:

  1. What a fantastic option! I will totally be giving this a try over the summer!