Baked Beans Cooking Tidbit
Baked beans are usually stewed, not baked, in a sauce. Since they are fully cooked, canned baked beans can be eaten hot, cold, or straight out of the can!
July is National Baked Beans Month! According to the US Dry Bean Council, “Americans consumed 50 million pounds of baked beans during the month of July. That’s enough to build a trail of bean cans longer than Historic Route 66 from Los Angeles to Chicago.”
Wild Oats offers a nutritious, organic canned version of baked beans, Wild Oats Organic Chili Beans in Sauce. These beans can be easily used as a side dish with barbequed foods, such as chicken, steak or vegetables, or served as a snack along with Wild Oats Organic Corn Tortilla Chips.
Baked beans are also very easy to make from scratch, are nutritious, and all kinds of beans have been traditionally used to make different culturally appropriate recipes. For example, the British eat baked beans on toast for breakfast- the toast when combined with the beans forms a complete protein, stabilizing hunger longer than toast eaten plain or with jam.
Here is a super easy to make delicious “baked” bean dish that is not baked at all! It only takes 10 minutes to prepare, pairs well with all types of food, and can be served at room temperature at your next family and friends gathering.
Baked Black Beans
Makes 4-6 Side Dish Servings
1 Tablespoon Wild Oats Organic Jalapeno Hot Sauce
1 Tablespoon Wild Oats Steak Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Wild Oats Organic Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Wild Oats Organic Onion Powder
¼ cup grade A organic maple syrup
4 pieces all-natural bacon, sliced into ¼ inch pieces
In a sauté pan over medium-low heat, cook sliced bacon down halfway, until some oil seeps out. Add all the other ingredients, starting with the beans. Stir together, and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Transfer to a storage container and let cool. Enjoy hot, cold or room temperature.
Beans all of kinds have nutritional benefits, including lowering your risk for cancer, can help manage diabetes, and are a heart-healthy vegetarian protein source. They are a healthier choice for a side dish at barbeques than fried foods or foods with a lot of saturated fat. Here is some additional information on the health benefits of Wild Oats organic beans and canned tomatoes: