115-ounce cangreat northern beans, rinsed and drained
18-ounce cantomato sauce
3medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped (see note)
2teaspoonssoy sauce or gluten-free tamari
1teaspoonLiquid Smoke or smoked salt to taste
1teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
1/4teaspoonground chipotle pepper
Preheat oven to 350°.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add bell pepper and minced garlic to the pan and sauté for another 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the apple and cook for another minute. Add the beans and remove from heat.
Combine tomato sauce and all remaining ingredients in blender. Blend at high speed until the dates are completely smooth. Pour this sauce into the onion and beans, and stir well. Spoon mixture into an 11 x 7-inch non-metal, lightly-oiled baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes.
If medjool dates are not available, you can use 2 ounces (about 1/4 cup packed) of any pitted dates. Or substitute 1/4 cup of any sugar or syrup.With the dates, one serving is 2 points on Weight Watchers Freestyle program. The points come only from the dates, so if you substitute for them or use a different amount, the points will change.