My family loves beans and we have eaten them regularly for years as a means to stretch our food budget. So imagine our horror when all of our favorites showed up on the banned food list and left us with Navy Beans which are our least favorite. (I will write on limas another day.) What was the cook to do??
Navy beans just do not taste like pintos or red beans. When push came to shove we could live without the corn chips and tortillas in our Mexican food but doing without pinto beans really put a damper on our love for this particular ethic food group.
I am not one to give up easily when it comes to food preparation. So I went in search of Navy Bean recipes, something that did not give us a watered down pot of white bean goo. I am notorious for not following a recipe but I do own a cookbook or two, usually ones that are dated prior to microwaving instructions. I found the following in a couple of books. This is my GAPS/SCD approved version.
2 lbs wash well to remove any dirt and then soak overnight (or up to 24 hours) 1 large chopped onion, **1 pound of bacon/fatback, 1 cup of honey, 1 tbsp of dry mustard, 1/4 tsp of ground ginger, 2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp of black pepper
**one can eliminate the bacon or fatback and use a 1/4 cup of any GAPS approved oil-lard or butter being the best!**
After your beans have soaked rinse them well. In the bottom of a crock pot put in all of the ingredients and pour the beans over the top. Cover with water. Once your crock pot gets hot turn down on low and cook for 6-12 hours. (This can also be done in the oven baking at 250) The longer they cook the darker the beans will get. I soak the beans one day (24 hrs) and then put them in the crock pot at night and in the morning I have a pot of beans that can be used several ways.
Of course these are baked beans but they make terrific refried beans. There are two ways to do this… #1 heat an iron skillet then add oil (this process helps keep the beans from sticking horribly) Put in the beans and cover for a minute or two warming them until they are hot (if needed add a little splash of water/stock). I then take a wooden spoon and stir them vigorously until they are somewhat smooth (I like my refried beans with some bean texture.) #2 you can take the hot beans out of the crock pot and put them in your mixer, splash in a bit of hot stock and blend until smooth.
Cover with cheese and you have the beginnings for a good Mexican meal!!