Special Baked Beans

It's funny how appliances come and go out of fashion. Take slow cookers -- in the '70s we all used them, then in the '80s we denied we owned one! Come the 21st century and slow cookers are back in style. Try this bean recipe and you'll see why!

3 (16-ounce) cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup chopped onion

1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce

3 tablespoons real bacon bits

1/4 cup sugar-free maple syrup

In a slow cooker, combine great northern beans, onion and tomato sauce. Stir in bacon bits and maple syrup. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours. Mix well before serving. Makes 6 (3/4 cup) servings.

Each serving equals: 218 calories, 2g fat, 14g protein, 36g carb., 1,691mg sodium, 9g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 Meat, 1 1/2 Starch, 1 1/2 Vegetable.

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