Make a Can of Beans into a Meal with These Flavor-Packed Additions

…being okay with canned baked beans doesn’t mean they can’t be improved. In fact, canned baked beans are dying to be riffed on. We like to do the seasoning ourselves, starting out with a can of original recipe (or the most basic variety of your favorite brand of baked beans). From a dash of spice to fresh diced vegetables, the options are literally endless.

Here are a few stir-in ideas to get your backyard barbecue feast started…

Source: Five Ways to Update Canned Baked Beans

Bean-based soups and stews are also really high in protein and endlessly versatile. I made a vegetarian soup this week with chipotles in adobo, garlic, peppers, onion, and quinoa. A can of beans + whatever you have in the house is likely to be a life-saver!

Freeze Caramelized Onions for Long Lasting Flavor

Did you know you can actually freeze caramelized onions? Yup, those flavor-packed little strands of sweet cooked onions freeze beautifully, so why not make a bigger batch the next time you’re caramelizing some for a recipe, or find yourself with a big bag of onions to use up. Here’s how we do it!

Source: Why You Should Freeze Caramelized Onions (and 3 Ways to Do It)

You could use the crockpot method to do 6 lbs of onions at a shot, then freeze.