The last set of samples that I received for my EAT! Vancouver series was from my new friends atThe Better Bean Company. The lovely folks at The Better Bean Company provide us with refrigerated, ready to eat, delicious beans. They want to add convenience to beans without having to sacrifice flavour and nutrition. As a vegan and healthy gal, I know how labour intensive dried beans can be. The soaking and boiling are crucial and can take a while but with rethought beans from The Better Bean Company you are in luck! Just open the package and voila! Awesome beans await you that:
- all natural
- no artificial ingredients, flavours, or preservatives
- local, sourced from NW Farms (not to Vancouver, but it’s close!)
- freshly prepared, not canned
- premium ingredients such as organic beans and high oleic safflower oil
- innovative recipes from Mexico, Cuba, Italy, Spain and France
- outstanding flavour!
“Supporting our local food system:
We believe strongly in supporting the local food system and use Northwest farmers wherever possible. Our Food Alliance Certified black and pinto beans come from the Washington State Central Valley. Our Organic Red beans from the Idaho Magic Valley. Our cold press safflower oil comes from central Oregon. We use Northwest produce such as Washington and Oregon onions wherever possible.”
How great is that! Although not local to Vancouver, none of it has to travel far to get to us.
There are five great flavours:
- Rethought Red Beans (mild)
- Uncanny Refried Black Beans (medium)
- Cuban Black Beans (mildest)
- Three Sisters Chili (mild)
- Wholly Chipotle Bean Dip (medium)
Now these beans were so darn good that I could barely hold onto them for long enough to make something with them. I did enjoy them in a few different ways. Firstly, I always sample the products on their own. Yum! I even just dipped crackers and chips in them. haha My favorite so far is theRethought Red Beans but I haven’t been able to get my hands on the Three Sisters Chili yet. They were all sold out when I went to pick them up with my product coupons. Here are a few ways that I enjoyed them:
My friend Barry raved about this dip. I warmed the rethought red beans then layered it with salsa, Daiya cheddar shreds, cilantro and green onion. I wanted to put a guacamole layer too but the avocado was not ripe yet.
Not a great pic but man these were yummy. I made simple nachos that were beefed up with the Cuban black beans. Woah. These beans are so good! Black beans are my fave and they go amazing well with nachos. I also used them as a dip.
This was my low carb Mexi-bowl. I basically did the same as the layered dip but add some extra greens and ate it with a spoon and a side of corn on the cob. This was one of the best lunches I’ve had in a while. OMG. These red beans are something special. I actually ate this two days in a row and couldn’t stop salivating for about an hour after eating. My new addiction.
What I really wanted to do with these beans is try them in my Mexican lasagna. I’m going to have to run out and get some more to make it as I demolished all my samples pretty fast. The uncanny refried black beans would be perfect but I think I’ll do one layer of them and one layer of the rethought red beans. Yum! Try it and let me know!
Eat better. Feel better.