Jesus said "feed my lambs."
The can says pork and beans. Some people call them franks and beans. We always called them beanie weinies. Whatever the name, they are yet another cheap meal that sustains households with children. It is a meal that can be made, literally in about a minute: open the can, slice a dog, heat and eat. What could be better?
How about something with a little more nutritional value? The only pork that I’ve ever seen in those cans is two tiny chunks at the bottom that are predominantly fat. They should call it Pork Flavored Beans. Here is my take on a more nutritionally based and delicious version of beanie weinies.
Use black beans. They are high in soluble fiber (the good kind) and a good source of protein. White beans work well too. Soak them overnight to soften, then throw them into a crock pot and cover with water.
1 chopped onion
2 chopped carrots
3 stalks of chopped celery
3-4 cloves of chopped fresh garlic
1 6 oz. Can of tomato sauce
1/4 C. Molasses
1 package sliced hot dogs (or substitute your favorite meat)
salt and pepper to taste
Simmer on low in the crock pot for 6-8 hours or until beans are soft and the flavors meld together. This one pot, for about the cost of two cans of pork and beans, will make enough for a family of 6. You will get more flavor, and better nutrition. It will also freeze well, or last in the refrigerator for a week. It is quick, cheap, and delicious. There’s nothing better on a cold winter evening, than coming home to a hot meal ready to eat in the slow cooker. Try it out. Enjoy.
Psalm 23:6 "... my cup overflows."