RecipeBetter Baked Beans

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 120
  • Protein: 6g
  • Total Fat: 0g
    • Saturated Fat: 0g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 23.5g
  • Dietary Fiber: 7g
  • Total Sugar: 5g
    • Natural Sugar: 3g
    • Added Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 250mg

Baked beans are a convenient side (simply pop and pour), but canned versions are often packed with sodium and sugar. This health-ified rendition calls for just four simple ingredients. As the star of this dish, beans provide plant-based protein, soluble fiber, and other heart-healthy nutrients. And balsamic vinegar delivers a serious depth of flavor that takes the dish to another level. Kick that canned stuff to the curb!

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This recipe makes 8 Servings
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) navy, pinto or cannellini beans, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (any lower sugar brand, ≤ 45 calories per 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 325˚.

Mist a skillet with oil spray and sauté the onion for 8 to 10 minutes, until soft and translucent. Remove from the heat.

Add the beans, sauce, and vinegar to the onions. Stir until well combined.

Transfer the mixture to an oven-safe baking dish and bake, uncovered, for 60 minutes until sauce is thick.

Serve hot.

Makes 8 servings, 1/2 cup each