Baked beans can take hours to make, but you can make a delicious and simpler version with canned beans and the stovetop. Packing protein and a generous amount of fiber, these beans make a... great side dish for a picnic or potluck.
Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet over a medium-high heat. When the oil starts to ripple, add the onions and cook, stirring until they turn transparent. Turn the heat to medium low and cook stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. 2. Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the tomato paste. Cook stirring for 1 minute until it turns a deep orangey red, taking care not to let it burn. Stir in the molasses, then add the diced tomatoes and the chipotle pepper or smoked paprika. Mix well. Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by about a third. Add salt to taste.
Cook the beans gently for about 20 minutes, adding a little more apple juice if they start to look too dry. When they are ready, add a little more vinegar if desired, and take out the chipotle pepper. Serve.