Thursday, February 28, 2013

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Baked Beans

I usually keep a few cans of baked beans in my pantry for a quick side dish or to add into a chili.  I decided to make my own baked beans from scratch and was so happy that I did. Not only is so much more economical to make your own beans, you can also play around with the flavors.  The slow cooker is a great way to cook these beans so you don't even have to keep an eye on them.  They simply do their thing in the cooker and you get to enjoy a lovely healthy dish with minimal effort.

1lb dry beans that have been soaked overnight in water (I used navy beans)
1/2 Tbs ground cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
15oz can diced tomatoes
6oz can tomato paste
2Tbs molasses
1 medium onion chopped small
1/2 Tbs garlic powder
red chili flakes to taste
1-2 Tbs soy sauce
1 Tbs vinegar
2-3 cups water(start with 2 and add 3rd as needed)
salt and pepper to taste

Soak beans overnight and drain the next day.  Place soaked beans with all the other ingredients in slow cooker on high for 6-7 hour (or until your desired bean texture). Enjoy.

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