Take a short cut to Boston Baked Beans by using canned beans and your slow cooker. Plus, this version is vegetarian and doesn’t use any processed sugars, so it’s much healthier for you than the traditional recipe!
What are Boston Baked Beans?
Traditionally speaking, Boston Baked Beans are dry beans that are soaked overnight then cooked for many hours with bacon, onion, brown sugar, molasses and spices. The recipe, of course, changes from person to person, and I know that with this dish, just as with every other “signature” dish, each chef and cook has their own special recipe.
It’s a side dish that is perfect for picnics and BBQ’s, and it is perfectly at home served along side my Easiest Ever Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwich or a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw like my Slow Roasted Pulled Pork + Paleo BBQ Sauce. Pop a cob of corn down there with it, and you have yourself the perfect summer meal!
What is Clean Eating?
I love bacon as much as the next guy, but I’m really starting to get into the clean eating lifestyle. Clean Eating is the practice of eating only foods that have not been processed, whole foods that are unrefined, foods that come to you in their natural state or as close to natural as you can get. It’s really what this blog is all about. Eating whole foods that make you feel good when you’re done eating. Not sugar and preservative laden foods that make you feel bloated, heavy and a little sick. No one wants to feel that way.
I’m not perfect at it, nor do I really try to be. It’s an 80/20 thing for me at the moment. I eat clean as often as I conveniently can and when I can’t, or when I just get a craving for something that will not go away, I don’t worry about it. If you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you need to keep a healthy balance of good vs. bad. There is no shame in indulging in a cupcake or some ice cream every so often, but you need to balance it with exercise, tons of water (Try drinking a gallon a day for a couple weeks and see how good your skin looks and how much extra energy your have) and good, wholesome foods.
My vegetarian and clean Boston Baked Beans come out thick and a little sweet with just the right amount of flavor to make your taste buds say, “Oh yeah!” They are totally worth trying even if you aren’t a vegetarian since the prep process is way easier than if you are going to use bacon. Give them a try and let me know what you think!
Do any of you have any Clean Eating Recipes you could recommend to help me on my healthy journey?? Share em in the comments!
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