Homemade Bacon Beans

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Bacon Beans in the slow cooker

These are based on my bean recipe but I decided to cook them with bacon in the sauce. My son is not the biggest fan of my baked beans so I thought if I add a little bit more flavour he might be more willing to try them. Plus, he’s not really a fan of harricot beans either but he will eat cannellini beans. So this recipe uses cannellini beans and here’s a few of the amazing reasons why these beans are so healthy.

All beans are classed as low glycemic index but with a very low GI score cannellini beans are one of the least glycemic beans. The low GI rating is the reason why cannellini beans have many health benefits. The glycemic index is used to rank foods based on how they affect your blood sugar levels. When eating foods with a high glycemic index the bodys’ blood will be sent up in a hurry as these foods break down with ease in the body. For example, white bread, white potatoes, sugary breakfast cereals, all send the body sugar levels up and after peaking the blood sugar levels will drop dramatically.

However, in contrast to high GI foods, low GI foods such as cannellini beans stabilise the blood sugar slowly and provide steady energy for hours. They help to control sugary food cravings and mood swings. The health benefits do not end there. Low GI foods may also help to keep diabetes at bay in pre-diabetic people and reduce your chances of cardiovascular disease.

So these are a great bean to add to the homemade baked beans. I did use the slow cooker but if you don’t have one you can always use the hob. My son, sadly, was still reluctant to eat this dish but he did give it a try. I think, he enjoyed it although he did say yuck. But he says yuck to most of mummy’s meals. On the other side of the table, my husband really enjoyed them. So I’d still say well worth a try.

Serves 4

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Bacon Beans with Sweet Potato Chips and Roasted Garlic

  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Slow cooker or sauce pan
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Food processor or stick blender
  • Wooden spoon
  • Jug for stock

Ingredients

  • Bacon x 6 rashes
  • Tomatoes x 2 tins 400g
  • Onions x 1 medium
  • Carrots x 2 medium
  • Celery x 2 sticks including the leaves
  • Smoked paprika x 1tsp
  • Oregano x 1 tsp
  • Cannellini beans x 2 tins 400g

Method for slow cooker

  • Start by chopping all the ingredients into small pieces and put them in the slow cooker.
  • Turn the slow cooker on high for two hours and low for four hours.
  • When the vegetables have become nice and soft, turn the cooker off and leave to cool for about 30 minutes.
  • Place the cooled vegetables and stock in the food processor or use a stick blender and blend all the ingredients together until it becomes smooth.
  • Then add the smoked paprika and oregano and blend again.
  • Pour the smooth mixture back into the slow cooker, if using a food processor.
  • Finally add the cannellini beans plus the water in the tin.
  • Turn the slow cooker back on to a high heat for two hours or a low heat for four hours.
  • Then serve when you are ready to.

Method for the hob.

  • Start by chopping all the ingredients into small pieces.
  • Next put the saucepan on a medium heat, put a small amount of oil (I use olive oil) in the pan.
  • When hot enough, add the bacon to the pan and let it change colour.
  • Next add in the chopped vegetables to the saucepan.
  • Fry these for a good 5 – 10 mins until the vegetables are very soft.
  • Add the tomatoes.
  • Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat.
  • Leave to simmer for a good forty minutes.
  • Turn the heat off and leave to cool for about 30 minutes.
  • Place the cooled vegetables and stock in the food processor or use a stick blender and blend all the ingredients together until it becomes smooth.
  • Then add the smoked paprika and oregano and blend again.
  • Pour the smooth mixture back into the saucepan, if using a food processor.
  • Finally add the cannellini beans and turn the hob onto a low heat.
  • Then serve when you are ready.
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Bacon Beans with Sweet Potato Chips

These beans are great with sweet potato jackets or chips. They are also a fantastic accompaniment to any meal. Bacon beans are brilliant with a fry up or on toast as breakfast or lunch or can be part of a dinner as well. We have eaten them for breakfast with fried eggs and they are yummy. The bonus is all of the ingredients in these beans are freezable so make extra and freeze for another meal. However you decide to eat these beans, as always, please enjoy. xxx