Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sweet n' Spicy Baked Beans for a Budget #SundaySupper

I make no secret of the fact that I'm extremely "part time" employed. I know that if I was out on my own, without the support of two families to help me, I would be in line at the food banks, sleeping in shelters and definitely not writing a food blog. I live comfortably at the moment, but my mom and I are both bona fide frugalistas and we look for practical ways to reduce our spending, whether it be on clothes, books or food. As a result, we do shop at the bulk stores, we do pick up inexpensive, well-fitting clothes at the Superstore (hello, Joe clothing!) and we swipe our library more than our credit cards when it comes to books.

These days have been hard on everyone economically, regardless of income or job status. Cost of living is increasing, including the prices of fresh meat, fish and produce - not even thinking about the prices for special dietary items should you require them! Thankfully, "real" foods that are gluten free and vegan are still relatively cheap - not to mention healthier than the pre-made ones - and while it wasn't a conscious decision of ours to buy less meat and processed goods, our meals at home tend to reflect the more "peasant" style of rustic, hearty cooking than your traditional "meaty" main and overcooked side dishes.
Sweet n' Spicy Baked Beans
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Sweet n' Spicy Baked Beans
Adapted from Mr. Wilkinson's Vegetables
Serves 1 as a main, 2 as a side
1 cup cooked beans (I liked both the black eyed peas and kidney beans I used, NI is for black eyed peas)
1/2 cup low-sodium tomato sauce
2 tbsp BBQ sauce (I picked a honey-garlic GF one)
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp onion flakes
1 clove garlic, minced
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. 
  2. In an oven and stovetop safe dish, combine all the ingredients over medium heat until well combined and beginning to bubble.
  3. Transfer the dish to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Eat right out of the dish or spoon over toast, potatoes or whatever you choose!
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 297.0
Total Fat: 1.4 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 1,200.2 mg
Total Carbs: 68.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 9.9 g
Protein: 6.9 g