Wow – how did it get to Monday already? Sunday disappeared before my eyes, although I did make a good dent in my to do list.
Today I even managed to find enough spare time during daylight hours to fit in a long run. 10km later and I was feeling revived. If only all weeks could start with a long run in the sunshine.
Tonight’s Mystery Box ingredient also did not fail to please…
Did you know? Navy (or haricot) beans are rich in cholesterol-lowering fiber, as well as folate, manganese and protein. Navy beans are also of particular benefit to individuals who suffer from diabetes, as they help balance blood sugar levels in the body, while providing steady, slow-burning energy.
One dish immediately sprang to mind when I drew this ingredient….baked beans! After all, there is nothing wrong with having this usual ‘breakfast’ dish for dinner is there???
The beans were simmered with the other ingredients for 2 hours, making the house smell divine (and my stomach rumble in anticipation!)
Served with cheesy GF bread.
Oh my – the beans were sweet and hearty, and a perfect way to start the week.
Next time I would probably leave the beans to simmer for even longer as they could have been a little softer.
But the sticky sweet flavours of the maple syrup and the mustard really made this dish a winner.
Baked beans (serves 4 to 5) – based on Angela’s version here.
- 5 cups soaked navy beans
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4tbs maple syrup
- 3tbs dijon mustard
- 2tbs apple cider vinegar
- 2 tins diced tomatoes
- 2 bay leaves
- 8 mushrooms, quartered
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- Sautee onion in a large saucepan until soft.
- Add maple syrup, mustard, vinegar and stir to combine.
- Add beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and bay leaves.
- Bring to the boil.
- Cover and bake in the oven for 2 hours (stirring every 1/2 hour).
Overall, a wonderful start to the week. Must make another batch asap!
What about you? Do you like baked beans? What do you like to serve them with?
Happy Baking :)