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Easy baked beans for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Easy baked beans for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Baked beans are must-haves with barbecue -- but they're a great dish on their own. This version (adapted from Veganomicon) is very easy -- the only prep involved is chopping onions, peeling garlic and draining beans -- and the dish gets better as it sits. So make it a day or two ahead of your friend's cookout -- if you can resist eating it yourself.

See also: - Black bean soup to welcome fall on Meatless Monday - White beans and kale with parsnips on Meatless Monday - Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Easy baked beans for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

You will need:

2 medium onions 3-4 tablespoons olive oil 6 cloves garlic 2 15-ounce cans tomato sauce 1 cup molasses 4 teaspoons ground mustard 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 3 small bay leaves (or two large) 4 15-ounce cans white beans

Easy baked beans for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F; rinse and drain your canned beans.

Easy baked beans for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

2. Finely chop the onions.

Easy baked beans for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

3. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, oven-safe pot.

 

Easy baked beans for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

4. Add the onion to the heated oil. Saute for ten to twelve minutes, until the onion is golden-brown -- caramelized -- but not burned.

Easy baked beans for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Just like this!

Easy baked beans for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

5. Press the garlic into the onion.

Easy baked beans for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Cook, stirring, for about another minute -- not too long.

Easy baked beans for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

6. Add the tomato sauce, molasses, mustard powder, salt, allspice and bay leaves.

 

Easy baked beans for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Stir together and cook for another five minutes.

Easy baked beans for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

7. Add the beans. Stir together, then cover your pot and put it in the oven. Bake for thirty minutes, remove and stir, then return to the oven and bake for thirty more minutes.

Easy baked beans for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Serve as a side dish -- but I also like to eat these on toast for breakfast.



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