From the Editors of Live Right Live Well
Ordinary baked beans take on a whole new flavor with the addition of root beer and root beer extract. Applewood bacon and hickory barbecue sauce provide smokiness to complement the root beer’s sweetness. Beans are brimming with nearly one-third of your daily fiber requirement -- plus heart-protective nutrients and antioxidants when combined with an abundance of onions. Just don’t skip rinsing and draining those beans; this extra step cuts sodium in all canned beans by nearly 45 percent!
Makes 15 servings of 2/3 cup each
Ingredients5 cans (15 ounces each) Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained12-ounce package applewood-smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled2 1/2 cups chopped onion28-ounce bottle hickory-smoked barbecue sauce1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar1 cup root beer2 to 3 teaspoons root beer extract or concentrate*2 teaspoons stone-ground mustard1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot sauce
*Look for root beer extract and concentrate in the baking/spice aisle. Use 2 teaspoons for a mild root beer flavor, more for stronger flavor.
Directions1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; stir well.
3. Coat a 3-quart or 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with vegetable cooking spray. Add bean mixture.
4. Bake 45 to 60 minutes or until thick and bubbly throughout. Stir beans several times while cooking.
Nutrition information (per 2/3 cup serving):330 calories16 g protein53 g carbohydrates6.5 g fat (2 g saturated)16 mg cholesterol780 mg sodium99 mg calcium3 mg iron146 IU vitamin A4 mg vitamin C8 g fiber
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