Wow, so much has changed in the world in just a few weeks. It is hard to imagine at the start of 2020 that Louisiana and many other states would be under a “stay at home” order for the very serious health treat of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Our governor says that Louisiana has one of the fasting growing trajectories of this virus — due to the city of New Orleans and I’m guessing the tourist trade. Stay at home also means to cook at home. This includes being flexible and adaptable with ingredients on hand in your pantry. But who wants to spend all day cooking and washing dishes? For the next several weeks, I’m going to post one-pot dishes which are simple to prepare and allow for substitution of ingredients. “Cowboy Baked Beans with a Kick” is one of these recipes.
A healthy diet includes eating plenty of foods high in fiber. Western diets–with all our processed foods–typically fall short of the recommended fiber intake. Dried beans, peas and lentils provide substantial amounts of fiber and can greatly boost the fiber in meals. I love baked beans and have made many variations over the past year. Here are several of my recipes. Continue reading