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Baked Beans

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 30 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 6 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 11 ingredients

Baked beans can take hours to make, but you can make a delicious and simpler version with canned beans and the stovetop. Packing protein and a generous amount of fiber, these beans make a...


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 whole chipotle pepper, or,
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans cannellini or navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup apple juice, or as needed
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic or cider vinegar

Nutrition Facts


245 cals


5 g

Saturated Fat

1 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

3 g


40 g


11 g


9 g


11 g


767 mg


  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet over a medium-high heat. When the oil starts to ripple, add the onions and cook, stirring until they turn transparent. Turn the heat to medium low and cook stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. 2. Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the tomato paste. Cook stirring for 1 minute until it turns a deep orangey red, taking care not to let it burn. Stir in the molasses, then add the diced tomatoes and the chipotle pepper or smoked paprika. Mix well. Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by about a third. Add salt to taste.
  2. Cook the beans gently for about 20 minutes, adding a little more apple juice if they start to look too dry. When they are ready, add a little more vinegar if desired, and take out the chipotle pepper. Serve.

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Our recipes, articles, videos, and more content are reviewed by our Registered Dietitian Kate Ueland, MS, RD, CSO, a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and follows the guidelines set by the Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed., published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Institute for Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society.

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