Guys! I am listening to the Red Sox-Cardinal game as we speak and it's pretty wild so I'm gonna keep this short.
I made baked beans the other day, not even thinking about the upcoming World Series but it's fitting! Not sure what made me want to prepare the beans like this, since it's kind of laborious but they're pretty delicious and a little different from regular old cooked beans with rice or something.
I originally intended to re-make Jes' beans that I made a couple years ago for MoFo, but drank the beer rather than cooking it (ha!) and didn't have and didn't want to buy maple syrup. The amount of beans I used was slightly less than 16 oz. so I just left out the beer and used 4 cups of water. Instead of 2/3 c. maple syrup, I used about 2 TBs molasses and 2 TBs brown sugar. Aaand I used pinto, not navy, beans. Negligible difference.
Viva Vegan or something. In any case, I'd never had them before and had NO IDEA they were so spicy! They also might not have been ideal since they have all kinds of other not-so-savory ingredients in there like vinegar, oil, and corn syrup, but whatever. I was glad to find a use for the can.
Other than those changes, I followed Jes' directions.
Saved in a crock pot, just like Nana in Boston would have wanted:
Like I said, they were pretty spicy so I googled what to serve them with and most answers were baby-back ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. !! Not only was I like, ew, gross, meat, but astounded! I Who needs to eat beans AND meat?? No wonder they say vegans don't need to worry about protein when an omni would be eating that much! Most people seemed to be eating the beans as a side. Vegan options included coleslaw and cornbread, neither of which I was interested in making.
So, the default: salad.
Or maybe, like Shen says, I could plate this into different elements and not call it a "salad" but I was bringing it to work with me for lunch and the components would all slide into each other anyway. Eh, it all ends up in the same place.
Almost the same exact lunch today, without the roasted carrot, and I just cooked some rice, so you'll probably get one more repeat shot tomorrow.
Til thennnnnnn, go Sox. Or Cardinals. I dunno. Just eat some beans.