Bush’s Best Beans

May 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

Summer’s a comin’ and that means grillin’. What goes better with grilled foods than a big ole bowl of baked beans. If you’re shaking your head right about now, it’s probably because you’re thinking, ‘Well, actually, grilled vegetables with a toss of garlic, olive oil, s & p, and a splash of balsamic are more to my liking.’ To me, standard picnic fare is a treat…hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, a watermelon that looks like a basket filled with chopped fruit, and brownies or a fruit pie for dessert. 

My choice for baked beans? My mother’s old-fashioned, from scratch baked beans, made with dried navy beans that have been soaked overnight, brown sugar, molasses, and spices, baked in the oven until soft and tender. It’s been a long time since I’ve had those, because even my mother now uses Bush’s. Why? They’re almost as good as homemade. She does doctor them a bit with sauted onions and bacon, but the heart of the dish comes out of a can. And, they’re good either way.

The nice part about Bush’s Best Beans is that they come in a wide variety to meet just about everyone’s tastes. You can get the Original recipe, Boston, Homestyle, Honey, Bold and Spicy, Texas Ranchero, Bourbon and Brown Sugar, Vegetarian, and more. They also have great black beans, chili beans, cannelini beans, kidney beans, navy beans, red beans, blackeye peas, etc. Who knew there were so many kinds of beans? Need a recipe?

Why should we eat beans? My sister-in-law is raising her hand right now, saying my brother shouldn’t. But, that’s another story. Beans are good for you. They add fiber to your diet, the’re a great source of protein (that’s why vegetarian recipes use  sooo many types of beans), have decent levels of B vitamins, potassium, calcium, and folate, and they’re reasonably priced.

So, fire up the old grill, get those burgers and hot dogs ready, pop open a can of Bush’s Best Baked beans, and let’s get this summer rollin.’

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