Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Beanie Weenee Dinner

Beanie Weenee Dinner
Originally uploaded by Lakenvelder

Meal Plan:

Beanie Weenee or Beans and Franks
Tossed Salad
Brown Bread
Chocolate Mouse

This is one of those dishes that people seem to love or hate from childhood. I really do not remember having this dish very at home and maybe at the lunch line.
This meal is a better for you version of the dish by using less fat and salt. The home-baked beans have about half the amount of fat found in a large can of brown beans in tomato sauce. I cooked the beans before in just water to get them tender. I found with hard water and not knowing the age of the beans can make it be a hit and miss with beans at times and you can get some rather hard beans after cooking them in the sauce for 8 hours. You should be able to cook the beans in just 1 ½ hours until tender depending on the two conditions and then add the remaining ingredients. You will also reduce some of the gas producing elements associated with bean dishes by removing most of the cooking water. That makes two good reasons to precook the beans in only water in my book.

The brown bread has a lot of sugar and you can substitute two pieces of wheat bread which will have fewer calories. However, the brown bread is simply sumptuous and was enjoyable with the meal. The salad was a plain tossed salad made of half romaine and half iceberg with cucumbers with a simple dressing. The dessert used skim milk, fat free whipped topping (cool whip) and sugar free pudding.

It was an easy meal that could be made during the week. Using canned tomatoes and beans would certainly make it even quicker but you would double the salt and fat content.

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Beanie Weenee or Beans and Franks

main dish

2 cups navy beans
1 medium onion; finely chopped
2 cloves garlic; finely chopped
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups Water
3 tablespoon ketchup
2 tablespoon molasses
1 drop pepper sauce (optional)
2 weiners (hot dogs) sliced

Rinse the beans in cold water and remove any discolored or shriveled
beans,. Place in a pot and cover the beans with water. cover and bring to a
boil. Remove from the heat and let set for one hour.

Drain the water from the beans and add water to cover the beans. Cook the
beans in a slow cooker or pot until tender. Drain out the water but save up
to 2 cups of the water and put back into the oven safe pot with the
beans. Add the remaining ingredients and cover and bake for an hour or put
in slow cooker on warm until you are ready to add the wieners or hot dogs.
Add more water as needed. Add the Cut the wieners (hot dogs) into slice and
add to the beans until heated through.

You can use a can (14 oz) of baked beans by adding the 2 chopped wieners.
this would make 1 large serving and 1 small serving. It would also add al
lot more sodium.

Beef or pork wieners are high in fat and salt. You can use a lower fat or
tofu wiener to reduce the fat content.

Notes: Modified recipe from "Diabetes Meals for Good Health"

Yield: 2 servings

Preparation Time: 6-8 h

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