Friday, September 12, 2008

Baked Beans

Salamander LOVES baked beans, but as legumes are a high glutamate food, we do need to be careful. But I'll typically try to make him these *Baked Beans* once a week.

My version is a stove top version, haven't developed a good oven based version yet.

I use canned organic kidney beans (either the light ones or the medium red ones - while the dark red ones are yummy, they may just tip the glutamate/salicylate scale too much), or canned organic pinto beans. I am sure you can use dried beans (which you will need to soak then) as well.

1 can organic beans
1/2 cup ketchup (I use my own ketchup for this)
1 tbs honey or agave syrup
Pepper, salt to taste

Mix beans, ketchup and honey in a medium sized sauce pan. Simmer over medium to low heat for about 45 minutes, until the beans are nice and soft and the flavors are all well blended. And viola. Done.

If I have them, I'll serve these beans with uncured, antibiotic free, etc etc beef hotdogs.

I am very very picky on my beef hotdog brands; the Applegate Uncured Organic Beef Hotdogs have consistently worked well for us. Quite a few of the other GFCF etc approved version, both Applegate and from others, have triggered projectile vomiting out here.. I don't think it has anything to do with the hotdogs, it's just that my boys' stomachs and intestines are, well, what can I say....

The thing is, these hotdogs are uncured, so they don't keep long. When I buy a pack (typically during a raid of a WFM), I make sure that I used them all up within a 3 to 4 day period. I tried buying in bulk and freezing. Doesn't work. Boys inevitably get stomach upsets, including vomiting, from frozen and then defrosted hotdogs. Again, I don't think it has anything to do with the hotdogs themselves....


Anonymous said...

Geez... this one cause me to have a memory from my childhood. Whenever someone fed me a hotdog, I puked. Every single time. Now I can eat them just fine (I only eat chicken or turkey dogs). I couldn't eat sausage either, for the same reason... wow, memories are just popping up right now.

Charlie does great with Applegate's chicken dogs, he doesn't really care for the beef. Maybe they make him feel bad... I am embarrassed to say I hadn't thought of my hotdog probs until now.

I'm making these baked beans (well a version anyway) tomorrow. Charlie will be thrilled!

Anonymous said...

Made these today for Charlie. He loved them! I used pinto beans, ketchup, agave, and a tsp of cider vinegar. Good stuff! Thanks for the recipe and idea!