Finding some comfort in “magic” beans
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Finding some comfort in “magic” beans

Beans, beans the magic fruit, the more you eat, the more you … well, you know how the rest of the song goes.

Nothing says comfort food, however, like a bowl of homemade baked beans. Not only are they comforting, they happen to be very nutritious – so long as you don’t sweeten them up too much in your homemade recipe.

What’s so good about beans, anyway? Well, they are chockfull of protein, fibre and good carbohydrates to keep your body fueled through these cold and blustery days. Our baked beans will go great with a ton of different proteins like scrambled eggs, BBQ ribs or chicken. Heck, they are even great on their own or alongside your favourite salad.

You can make a big batch of this when you are snowed in and freeze some portions to have anytime in a pinch when you’re looking for a quick fix for dinner. You can also be creative by adding a twist such as raisins, bourbon, maple syrup, your favourite BBQ sauce or any combination of these things. Have fun and enjoy.

Ryan’s Baked Beans:

1/2 lb local bacon, diced

1 large white onion, diced

1 jalapeno pepper, diced

2 cups navy beans, presoaked or canned

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 tbsp white vinegar

2 tbsp molasses

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Salt & pepper to taste

In a large heavy-bottomed pot, add bacon and cook at medium heat until cooked to golden brown;

Add onions and cook until transparent;

Add jalapeno and cook for 1-2 min then add everything except for beans, salt and pepper and mix together;

Finish by adding beans, salt and pepper to taste and simmer for 1 hour and they are ready to serve.

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