Thursday, April 2, 2009


I realize these are more wintery recipes and as it is getting to be spring we should be looking forward to the fun springy recipes but oh well.

I was talking to a friend the other day and we were talking about how healthy beans are (particularly lima beans). So then I made this bean casserole as a way to eat lima beans without them tasting like the horrible lima beans I remember from my childhood. I thought it turned out pretty good and Anna liked it so much I worried about how her little intestines would handle so many beans.

Fruity Baked Bean Casserole
1/2 pound bacon
3 medium onions chopped
can lima beans, drained
can kidney beans, drained
can baked beans
can cannelloni beans, drained (I think that's what they were, they were big and white and I had an extra can. The recipe calls for two cans of the baked beans)
can pineapple chunks
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup ketchup
2 T mustard (I used dijon)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 green pepper, chopped

Cook bacon in skillet and place in crock pot. Pour off most of the grease and cook the onions in the bacon grease until soft. Add to crock pot along with all of the beans. In a separate bowl (I used a 2 cup measuring cup) combine the rest of the ingredients. Stir into crock pot. Cover. Cook on high 2-3 hours.

I served this with cornbread. The pineapple is what interested me in this and I thought it added a nice sweet and tangy element.

This other bean recipe is one that I have been making for a while. I recommend halving the recipe if making it for a small group or you will have leftovers forever (believe me).

Ban Casserole
1/2 pound hamburger
1/2 pound bacon
1 onion
1 large can pork and beans
1 can kidney beans
2 cans BBQ beans (I use the Bush's baked beans)
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp dry mustard
2 T vinegar
2 T molasses

Brown hamburger, bacon and onion. Pour off the grease. Drain beans. All all ingredients. Mix well and cook until heated through. Also goes well with cornbread.

1 comment:

Missa said...

Okay, so here's a funny story. I was just reading blogs after slogging through Hannah's homework with her and contemplating dinner, when I read the bean recipe. I was going to have tuna fish casserole, but I had most of a can of baked beans in the fridge and thought it sounded good and quick. I didn't have any bacon, but I reasoned that a little bacon grease would suffice. Anyway, as I am making the cornbread ('cause that comes together in a minute), I realize that I am out of eggs. So I take a quick poll and the kids chose cornbread and a taste of that bean thing too. So, I ran to the store to pick up some eggs and bacon. So, that's what we had for dinner and it only took me an hour or so.
On a side note, the bean dish was good, but I really like my bacon to be crispy, so I would cook the bacon separately next time. I ended up talking to my brother on the phone and picking bacon out of the hamburger onion mix. Then cooking it separately.