Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 4.36.00 PMGrowing up I LOVED baked beans with a hot dog and mac-n-cheese.  Then, I started to clean up my diet and the baked beans, hot dogs and mac-n-cheese had to go…

Or did they??

I was able to re-create the baked beans and mac-n-cheese (check that out here) that I loved growing up into a dish that is a bit healthier.  And, while I think that life is sweet enough without sugar I’m also realistic and know that you can’t have baked beans without some sweetness….

What’s Smart & Sexy About This Dish?

Adzuki Beans–easier to assimilate than most other beans, they are great for weight loss as their fiber keeps you satiated longer AND they are high in protein which will keep your blood sugar levels balanced.

Navy Beans–also high in fiber and great for balancing blood sugar levels, Navy Beans can increase your energy by helping to replenish your iron stores.

Blackstrap Molasses-another great source of iron for energy, Blackstrap Molasses also a great source of potassium (great for your muscles) and magnesium (which balances calcium for healthy bones and energy production).

So…this is my delicious version of Sweet Baked beans–I have no doubt you’ll love it as much as I do.

Sweet Baked Beans

[serves 4-6]

INGREDIENTS:

1 can Adzuki Beans

1 can Navy Beans

1 medium onion, diced small

1 medium carrot, diced small

1 large stalk of celery, diced small

¼ cup Blackstrap molasses

¼ cup Grade B, maple syrup (organic if possible)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon sesame oil

Sea salt to taste

In a medium size pot, sauté’ place oil and onions and sauté 2-3 minutes.  Add in carrots and a pinch of sea salt and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.  Add in celery, a pinch of sea salt and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.

Add in beans and cook for 5 minutes.  Add in maple syrup, molasses, Dijon mustard and sesame oil.  Simmer on medium heat for 15-20 minutes.

Transfer to a glass Pyrex and bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!