Thursday, March 20, 2014

Vegetarian Baked Beans

Chris and I were walking around the grocery store one day and stumbled on the bean aisle. I thought baked beans sound good and so we started reading labels to maybe pick one. As with most packaged food it was disappointing to see a list of "high fructose corn syrup" and preservatives.
I instead decided I would try to make my own and it was worth it. When I started searching recipes they were all slightly similar but still very different. I think you can make it your own by using what is more convenient, available in your home or personal preference.
I used a crockpot since I love them and I like using dried beans which otherwise take a year to cook.

1 lb dried beans (I used northern)
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup ketchup or tomato paste
2 tbl yellow mustard
1 tbl paprika
1 tbl soy sauce or Worcestershire
1 tbl apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups water

Soak beans overnight. Drain the water and rinse the beans. Add them to a crockpot with all the other ingredients. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Enjoy!