I saw this recipe in the July 2010 issue of Bon Appetit and knew I had to try it. I’ve made it a bit more diabetic-friendly by using turkey bacon and diet root beer and adjusting some of the seasonings.
BA says to use an “artisanal” root beer – one made with real sugar instead of corn syrup. I knew I wanted to use diet root beer, but didn’t want that artifical sweetener aftertaste. I was lucky enough to find a diet root beer made with stevia from a company called Virgil’s. Trust me, if I can find this where I live, you won’t have any trouble! Stevia is a natural sweetener that doesn’t affect blood glucose.
If you’re like me, you get annoyed if you have to open a 6 oz can of tomato paste when you only need a tablespoon. Here’s what I do with leftover tomato paste.
These baked beans are low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol, but they are loaded with Fiber and Manganese. They are a bit high in sodium – rinsing the canned beans will help. I would have tried dried cannellini, but couldn’t find them at my local grocery store.
3 slices turkey bacon
1½ cups chopped onions
1 tsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (14½ oz) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
¾ cup diet root beer (one made w/stevia, if possible)
1½ Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1½ Tbsp molasses
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
¾ tsp chili powder
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Cook turkey bacon in dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Add onions to pot along with oil. (If you had enough fat in the pan from the turkey bacon, don’t add the oil. My bacon was very lean, so I needed it.) Sauté about 8 minutes, until the onions begin to brown. Add garlic and stir for about a minute. Add beans, root beer, vinegar, molasses, tomato paste, mustard, chili powder and pepper. Mix well. Crumble bacon and add to pot. Bring mixture to a boil and then turn off heat. Transfer pot to oven and bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes (until liquid thickens).
Makes 4 servings
Per serving: 263 calories, 5g fat (1g sat), 9mg cholesterol, 790mg sodium, 46g carb, 12g fiber, 11g sugar, 13g protein