Sunday, May 25, 2008

Beans, Beans, the Musical Fruit.........

I made 2 bean dishes this week. Typically we have more bean dishes than that, but 2 was all for this week. Stella practically lives on beans, so I always have a bunch cooked and frozen. I thaw them out and heat them up for her lunch. She likes them plain (especially black and cannellini beans), so they are a really simple lunch.

This week for lunch I spiced them up a little. I made a variation of a Red Beans and Rice dish from Vegan Planet. Robin's version is Caribbean Rice with Red Beans.......I spiced the beans instead of the rice, so my version is Caribbean Beans with Rice (clever name isn't it??!!)

Caribbean Beans with Rice
2 cups cooked red kidney beans
EVOO for sauteing onion
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
In a sauce pot heat olive oil and saute onion until softened. Add beans, and seasonings to heat through. Serve over steamed basmati rice.
Quick and simple lunch. The kids loved it, it had just the perfect amount of sweetness to heighten their interest, and the allspice and nutmeg lent a very nice flavor.

I also made some baked beans for a family function. These were probably the best baked beans I've ever had. Canned baked beans are full of stuff we probably shouldn't be eating, and also usually a little too sweet for my liking. These were sweet, but not too sweet (I could still taste the beans, which I like). Not to mention, I know exactly what went into them!!

Vegan Baked Beans
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups cooked red kidney beans
2 cups cooked black beans
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Blackstrap Molasses
Preheat oven to 350. In a large oven proof pan heat 1 Tbs olive oil over medium high heat and saute onion and celery until softened. Add garlic and saute about 30 seconds or so, until fragrant. Add beans, sugar, syrup, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, and molasses. Heat through, then transfer to oven for about 45 minutes, until liquid is bubbly. Serve hot.


  1. Great. Now I'll be singing that song in my head for the rest of the day.

  2. Oh's an ear worm isn't it!!?? My little one sings it every time I put beans on the table!