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Orange Spice Baked Beans

Orange, herbs and spices liven up an old favorite in this recipe. Baked beans are a flavorful side dish, or a wonderful main for vegans. They’re good with breakfast, lunch or dinner, and a great source of protein and vitamins.
Course Main Course, Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup white beans dried
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 large sage leaves
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions chopped
  • 2 jalapeño peppers chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 oranges zest & juice
  • 1 lime juice only
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce plain
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Instructions
 

Night Before

  • You may choose to soak the beans in water overnight. Add them to a pot and make sure they are covered.

Day Of

  • Drain the liquid from the beans. Then, add them to a large pot of water along with the oregano, bay leaves, and sage.
  • Bring the beans to a boil, and cook until tender but not quite done. If you have pre-soaked them, it will take 30 to 40 minutes. Without soaking, it will take about 1 1/2 hours.
  • As the beans are cooking, add the olive oil to a large skillet and saute the onions, peppers and garlic until fragrant. Add the cumin and saute for another minute or two.
  • Now add the remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Raise the heat to a medium-high temperature and bring to a boil.
  • Continue to cook and stir for about 5 minutes.
  • Drain the beans, and strain out the herbs - but reserve some of the liquid. You can use this to adjust the consistency of the sauce.
  • Now add the beans to the sauce and continue to cook for another 15 to 20 minutes. The sauce should be thick and the beans darkened.
  • Use the reserved bean liquid to thin it if the sauce gets too thick.
Keyword beans, Oranges
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