Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Kickin Baked Beans and GMO Information

I have been wanting some home made baked beans for a while now.  I see all these snazzy canned baked beans at the store and want to buy them but so many times I have been very disappointed by them.  I want to make my own, control the ingredients and end up with a stellar bowl of baked beans.  These beans DELIVERED!

And no GMOS's (genetically modified organisms) in my beans... BONUS.  I made a commitment the other day to give up GMO products as mush as possible.  This meant giving up my beloved Hellman's Mayonnaise and God knows how many other products I will give up.  For my husband this was even more of a sacrifice.  He slathers it on everything.  Tah tah for now.  I can only hope that the movement to stop GMO's will force the hands of corporations to stop using them in their products.  If you use processed food a lot, know that your product most likely contains GMO's.   So from now on it will be homemade mayo or Earth Balance (the only brand available with no GMOS's)

Click here for a WIKI on how to avoid GMO's.

One more thing, don't say to yourself, "now, what? I am so tired of hearing what stuff is bad for you."  This is way bigger than that.  Do the research yourself.  If we do not start to fight GMO's our food supply itself will be totally controlled.  Just think of the ramifications of that.  If you want to learn even more, view below for a very intelligent talk given through TED on GMO's from Robyn O'Brien.

BTW- I did make a mistake and covered the beans in the first hour and a half that is why mine are a tad soupy.  Still delicious mind you.

Kickin' Baked Beans
for original recipe at Foodista, click here.

1 pound navy beans
1 cup ketchup, organic
1 cup barbeque sauce (homemade Mutha sauce)
1/2 pound hickory smoked bacon
6 ounces organic andouille sausage
1 teaspoon allspice
2 heaping tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped bell pepper
2 cups tomatoes, chopped (used my canned stewed tomatoes)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 teaspoon mustard

Soak beans overnight if possible, if nto even a couple hours will help.  After soaking, drain the beanss, fill pot with water.  You want the water to cover the beans by one inch.  Just use the tip of your pointer finger.  If it some up to your first knuckle then it is the perfect height.  Gently simmer the beans until they are just tender.

Combine all ingredients (except bacon) in Dutch oven or any pot that is heavy and will go into your oven.  Lay bacon slices over top.  Cook in a 300 degree oven for 3 hours- uncovered.

Serve and enjoy.  The flavor of these beans is incredible!

1 comment:

Colette Just for Foodies said...

Love your recipe.
Homemade baked beans are the best - you know what you put into them.

I'm against GMO, too, esp now that I think more about the future b/c of our kids.