There are a couple options to getting started: 1. You can soak your beans overnight (this would be the on-the-ball person) 2. You can finally make it to the grocery store at 2 pm and boil the beans on low for 1 hour and proceed to cook from there.
I find option 2 pretty easy, and the beans turn out perfect. You can even turn off the burner once the beans initially start to boil.
Typically baked beans call for bacon (especially in Newfoundland). While I do enjoy bacon, I tried to find a recipe that didn't call for it, but still tasted awesome! After a couple adaptations - here's the baked bean recipe for the slow cooker. You could also bake in the oven or on top of the stove if you don't have a slow cooker. Because these beans have neither Worcestershire sauce or bacon, they are also vegan.
- 1 pound dried white beans
- 2.5 cups of water
- 1 medium onion – diced
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup molasses
- ¼ cup ketchup (plus an extra tablespoon or two)
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
1. Soak the beans overnight or boil for 1 hour on low.
2. Drain the beans
3. Add all the above ingredients into the slow cooker
4. Cook 4 hours on high, 8 hours on low
It's really easy, and beans are such a filling and nutritious food. This makes about eight, 1/2 cup servings, coming in at 130 calories a serving with 4 grams of fiber :)