The longer these beans cook, the more flavorful they are, so if you’re looking for a quick breakfast, consider cooking them in a small slow cooker overnight. Right before bedtime, get them started on the stove and then transfer them to a crockpot set to its lowest temperature. Add a little extra broth to keep them from boiling dry. In the morning, add the spinach, make your grits, and enjoy your breakfast!
Baking soda speeds the cooking of the onion so that no oil and little liquid is needed.
Fennel helps give the beans the flavor of Italian sausage, but if you’re not a big fennel fan, start with 1/4 teaspoon and add more to taste.
For beans without grits: 193 calories, .9g total fat, 35.6g carbohydrates, 13g protein.
Without the grits or other grains, these beans are zero Weight Watchers Freestyle points.