Beans are nutritious, nice complex carbs, high in fiber, and also a great source of veggie protein. However, they often come with a bad reputation of gassiness, bloating, and other digestive complaints. For those reasons, I’m often hesitant about consuming beans, possibly eating too much beans, or simply how my stomach might react.
I came across Better Bean from Oregon and they’re changing the way you feel about beans by offering fresh, flavorful, and convenient prepared beans that’s friendly to the stomach. Their beans are certified non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and vegan.
Their cooked, ready-to-eat beans come in a BPA-free, fully recyclable tub container. They offer 7 flavors of prepared beans ranging from mild heat to medium heat. There’s refried black beans, Cuban black beans, southwestern pinto beans, refried red beans, and Tuscan white beans. There’s also a spicy roasted chipotle bean dip and a Three Sisters Chili featuring red beans, black beans, corn, and squash. The beans are cooked fresh in Portland in small batches using regional ingredients. In addition, the beans are much lower in sodium compared to typical canned cooked beans. The bean tubs are to be stored in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.
Better Bean carefully chooses and prepare their beans so that they are gentle on the digestive system. Beans become harder to digest the older they get, and so they use freshly grown beans and cook them when they are young. They soak their beans prior to cooking and also incorporate ingredients that help ease digestion and breakdown of beans, notably apple cider vinegar. They kindly sent us coupons to redeem products to sample. At the nearby Whole Foods Market, we found Uncanny Refried Black Beans, Cuban Black Beans, Skillet Refried Red Beans, and the Roasted Chipotle Bean Dip.
Cuban black beans is labelled as mild heat and it’s perfect for those looking for something not spicy. It’s sauteed with onion, poblano peppers, coriander and oregano. You can taste the smoky flavors but the onions and peppers are not overpowering. Uncanny refried black beans is similar to the Cuban black beans but with a bit more heat. The blend of peppers used here consist of jalapeno peppers, serrano peppers, and habanero peppers. It’s not very spicy but definitely delivers a kick. (Oh, and don’t let the word “refried” throw you off course. It really means “well-fried” rather than “fried again” as the prefix re- might suggest.) Skillet refried red beans uses red beans, onion, tomatillo, jalapeno peppers, and spices to form a smoky and savory flavor combination. Roasted chipotle bean dip is a skillet-sauteed dip made with red beans, jalapeno peppers, roasted chipotle peppers, and a hint of lime.
There’s so many ways to enjoy beans and incorporate it into recipes and dishes. Add it to tacos, top in on nachos, and of course, there’s rice and beans. It’s also a great base for veggie burger patties. For a protein and fiber-rich dessert, you can also make flour-less brownies using black beans. You can’t really tell there’s black beans, but you’d definitely notice the moist and fudge-like texture it produces.
For breakfast, eggs and beans makes a delicious, hearty dish. Fried egg over warmed beans with toast makes a mean and hearty breakfast. Alternatively, fried eggs and beans is equally tasty. Here, I scrambled 2 eggs, a handful of spinach, and 3 generous tablespoons of Uncanny refried black beans over a heated skillet with coconut oil. Add salt and pepper if desired, and it’s ready in just a quick few minutes. How do you like to enjoy your beans?
Better Bean is available at Whole Foods Market stores in the Chicago area and select retailers across the country. Don’t forget, they are found in the refrigerated section. You can also order them on Amazon Fresh.
Disclaimer: LookyTasty was offered coupons to redeem products for review. No other compensation was received for this post. This post is written by LookyTasty and all opinions expressed are my own.