Way Better Than Canned (Stovetop) Baked Beans

It’s overcast and threatening to rain. Despite the gloominess, the neighbourhood robins are out in full force, singing their merry song and occasionally scolding a pesky squirrel who comes too close. The scent of fresh, spring showers are on the breeze and the humidity is starting to rise as evidenced by the mass of curls with a mind of their own, partying like  delinquents atop my head. Yes. May 1st and spring is here to stay.

The season of bountiful spring and summer produce is almost here. Hubs and I are eagerly waiting. For now though, we stay satisfied with a big ol’ bowl of beans. A made from scratch version of the canned baked ones we ate as kids… except we think these are better. They just take a little more time to cook but other than that there’s really not much fuss. Just plop the soaked beans in some water, cover and cook until almost soft. While they do their bean thing, just chop the carrots into chunks, dice up an onion and that’s pretty much it until the beans are soft.

Easy, right? Leaving you with a few extra minutes to grab your favourite cup of tea, snuggle up with a blanket and a book, then, with the window cracked to let the freshness in (and allow the aroma of baked beans to drift out), enjoy the last kiss of cool spring air. Robins are singing. Blossoms are blooming. Beans are bubbling (and baseball has started!!) Life is good indeed.


Sonja - May 8, 2012 - 7:20 pm

Shauna, LOVE your blog. Your Photos are inspirational. This bean dish is SO SCRUMMY. Honestly a dead ringer for the ‘ol baked beans out of the can but SO MUCH BETTER! You’ve outdone yourself here.

Shauna - May 10, 2012 - 10:46 pm

Sonja.. SCRUMMY!! I love it!!! I’m happy you liked the beans, the blog and the photos!! Thank you!!

Mandy - May 16, 2012 - 2:07 am

Cory and I are always anticipating your next creation! I made this yesterday and took it for dinner on my night shift tonight… it was so delicious!! It really hit the spot and kept me going in the middle of a 12 hour shift. I will have to add it to my favorites list! You need to publish a book, my laptop has brown rice syrup on it from sitting in the kitchen!!

Shauna - May 16, 2012 - 8:05 pm

Hi Mandy! I’m so happy you made this dish! Beans seem so unglamorous, but they are just so tasty and delicious!! I’d LOVE to put out a cookbook!! Any cookbook scouts out there reading this? 😉

I laughed when I read about the brown rice syrup!! It does seem to get everywhere, doesn’t it? I’m working on including an easy to print version of the recipe- hopefully that will help!!

[…] Baked Beans (Waaaaaay better than canned!!!!)  […]

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *