Noel's Kitchen Smarts: Featured Recipe Mean Bean Casserole



Kitchen Smarts: Featured Recipe & Tips: Beans


To Choose:

 Buy beans from a busy market with a steady turnover. Freshness does count, even for dried beans. Older ones will tend to take longer to cook.

To Store:

Transfer dried beans to a glass jar and stick a couple of dried Chile peppers in with them. The chilies will keep any pantry bugs from invading your beans.

To Sort & Rinse:

Spread beans out in a single layer and pick out any shriveled or discolored beans. Dump beans into a large bowl or stock pot of water and swirl around. Discard any beans that float to the top. Drain.

To Soak:

Cover rinsed and sorted beans with 4 times the volume of cold water and set aside for 6-8 hours or overnight, until beans have doubled in size. When one is cut open, it should be moist all the way through. Drain and cook as desired. Note: Lima and Pinto beans do not generally need soaking.


Featured Recipe-Mean Bean Casserole


1 pound ground beef

2 apples

2 medium onions

4 slices bacon

1/2 jalapeno, diced

1/4 cup barbecue sauce

1 large can pork and beans



Peel and dice apples and onions. In a skillet, add ground beef, apples, onions, jalapeno and diced bacon and sauté until onions become translucent. Add barbecue sauce, pork and beans and cook until hot throughout. Serve!



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Noel is a CEO and Mother of 4 who can be found blogging from her home office, who’s passionate about family, nutrition, fitness and supporting others reach their health & fitness goals. Noel uses her blog to share about simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, walking, workouts and a little sprinkle of life! She created Noel’s Kitchen Tips teaching families how to make budget friendly meal and healthy recipes. She’s blessed to have the opportunity to be able to teach busy moms and families how to use food and cooking as a means of bringing family mealtimes back to the table and stay healthy.

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