Vegan and Gluten-Free Baked Beans

The first part of this past weekend kind of felt like a bust.  I did a ton of work, got my oil changed finally(!!!), and even managed to sleep in (if you consider waking up at 7:30 sleeping in), but it just did not feel incredibly relaxing.  My husband said he felt the same way and we came to the conclusion that it was because we had not spent any time outside.  It rained all day on Saturday, and Sunday started out pretty gross too.  The weather finally cleared up Sunday afternoon and we got outside as quickly as we could so the weekend could redeem itself.

Duck friend says hello (actually, I think she just wanted food)!

After a nice walk outside, we decided that dinner on the patio would be a great way to finish off the weekend.  One of my favorite picnic-style foods is baked beans.  So I decided to whip up a batch of my homemade, vegan baked beans (gluten-free too, of course)!  These are pretty easy to make and are not as ridiculously sweet as the canned ones.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Baked Beans

Ingredients:
2 cups dry navy beans
2 cups gluten-free vegetable stock (unsalted)
¾ large yellow onion (diced)
¼ cup tomato paste
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1.5 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
A bit of olive oil for sauteing onion and garlic

Directions:
1.  Saute onion and garlic in a small amount of olive oil.
2.  Add vegetable stock, then tomato paste, brown sugar, maple syrup, and spices.
3.  Let sit on low heat while beans are cooking.
4.  Bring beans to a boil, then simmer until soft.  Once they are cooked, drain off water, and pour beans into sauce.  Stir.
5.  Transfer to a baking dish and bake uncovered at 350°F for at least half an hour (until bubbly).

A balcony picnic is better than no picnic!

Now I just need to get a picnic basket and blanket and actually go on a real picnic!

What’s your favorite picnic food?

Happy eating!

-c

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1 Comment

  1. shirley Ritchie said,

    April 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Wow Caroline I am very impressed. You could definitely do cooking articles for a magazine. And your food looks so pretty on the plate too!


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