Here we turn baked beans into an easy main dish by adding chicken sausage and collard greens. Serve with: Coleslaw and cornbread.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2008

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Whisk barbecue sauce, water, tomato paste, molasses, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

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  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and collard greens and cook, stirring occasionally, until the collards are wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sausage and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes more.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low; add beans and the sauce mixture to the pan. Gently stir to combine, cover and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.

Tips

Shopping tip: Check the sodium of your favorite barbecue sauce--some can be quite high. This recipe was developed with a sauce containing 240 mg sodium per 2-tablespoon serving.

Note: While we love the convenience of canned beans, they tend to be high in sodium. Give them a good rinse before adding to a recipe to rid them of some of their sodium (up to 35 percent) or opt for low-sodium or no-salt-added varieties. (These recipes are analyzed with rinsed, regular canned beans.) Or, if you have the time, cook your own beans from scratch.

Nutrition Facts

477 calories; protein 27.9g 56% DV; carbohydrates 74.1g 24% DV; dietary fiber 13.8g 55% DV; sugars 21.3g; fat 8.6g 13% DV; saturated fat 0.6g 3% DV; cholesterol 45mg 15% DV; vitamin a iu 2008.2IU 40% DV; vitamin c 19.7mg 33% DV; folate 239mcg 60% DV; calcium 236.9mg 24% DV; iron 4.5mg 25% DV; magnesium 149.7mg 54% DV; potassium 1156mg 32% DV; sodium 1658.4mg 66% DV; thiamin 0.4mg 37% DV; added sugar 7g.

Reviews (35)

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36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I am not a baked bean fan but my husband requests them every year for his birthday. I've easily prepared 28 versions since getting married looking for one we both would enjoy. This recipe ranks right up there as one of the best! Certainly it is the healthiest and perhaps easiest by far. Definitely a keeper...particularly love the spinach addition! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2013
Really Delicious I also used spinach instead of collard greens. Really good. I left the molasses out since I'm diabetic and didn't want that sugar. As for the sauce I used the original blend of the Stubbs All-Natural. It only has 4-5g of sugar compared to 9g from Kraft. Very tasty. Pros: Easy to make great flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Quick and easy This recipe tastes quite good and is very easy to make. It's great as a quick make-ahead recipe. Like many of the other reviewers I skipped the molasses but did add in about a tsp of brown sugar because I wanted to counteract some of the heat in the bbq sauce that I used. I also skipped the salt. It is entirely unnecessary. I also substituted the collard greens with kale since other members of my family are not fans of collards. The kale worked well - it was not bitter and also didn't fall apart as I imagine spinach would. Next time I would like to try bok choy since I find the leafy part fairly simiar to collards when stewed or braised. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe was DELICIOUS! I used the Neely's jarred bbq sauce from the store and chipotle flavored turkey sausage. I wanted to serve this as a side so I cut the sausages into cubes instead of slices. I love greens so I was excited to make this dish however my grocery store was out of collard greens so I used mustard greens. I think they're a little more bitter than collard greens but it was still outstanding. This recipe will be replacing my traditional baked bean recipe! It's delicious and healthy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We love this recipe in our house. It's SO simple and fast great for a weeknight. We've done it with collard greens and spinach--obviously the spinach cooks a bit faster so I toss it in at the end. I love to have this with a hunk of good bread too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2012
Wonderfully easy and delicious! I know a lot of the people trying this recipe are planning to use spinach instead of the collard greens. But I have to say that this was a fantastic venue for introducing them to my boyfriend who has not had them before. They held up better than I think spinach might - not getting too wilted - and being chopped and mixed in with the sauce made them not so overwhelming. I used mild chicken italian sausage and found that the fennel in it really enhanced this dish. Don't be afraid - try it the way it is!! Pros: One Pot Supper; great use of veggies Cons: Would maybe use more sausage Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2013
Delicious collard greens recipe I like the collard greens with this and would probably like spinach too but since I liked it with the collards I'll continue to use that. I didnt add the molasses either since there was some already in the BBQ sauce I used. Someone suggested Kraft Light but check your ingredients. Just because it says light doesnt mean its healthy. I use Stubbs Original. Compared to Kraft it does not have any sucralose or preservitives and as a bonus less sodium. Pros: easy Cons: quick Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2018
Very yummy and you could vary it with sausage veggies bbq sauce very versatile. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
So yummy! I've made this recipe a few times always with Jennie-O smoked turkey sausage. I typically use Jack Daniels BBQ sauce and usually add a little extra. Pros: Delicious easy good as leftovers. Read More