I avoided dried beans forever, thinking that cooking them was some kind of secret and complicated activity meant only for awesome grandmas or something. I was scared off by the soaking, seasoning, and so on...
Boy was I wrong! In an effort to save some money and cut out salt/weird extra chemicals, I began buying and cooking dried beans and peas. I love it! I even have all my beans in reused glass jars with cute labels. Tell me where you can find black beans labeled with cute kittens, or chickpeas labeled with Kermit The Frog? My pantry, that's where!!
I am a longtime fan of Eden Organics, and was excited to have the opportunity to try Eden's organic garbanzo beans recently. I haven't used any canned beans in a long time, so I was excited to do a little comparison and contrast.
Eden sent me these:
and I made this:
It's a sort of hybrid tortilla soup from scratch. I toasted corn tortillas in the oven to make the chips and topped it with avocado. For my husband's bowl (shown), I threw some cheese, chicken and pre-made strips from a free salad kit from Fresh Express. (Go play this game for coupons and contest!)
So back to the soup! I can't comment on the chicken-ified bowl (he was very pleased and said it was the best "tofu" I've ever made- lol- I had to come clean about the pre-bagged chicken!), but my vegan version was deeelicious! I can honestly say that the Eden beans were of higher quality than previous canned chickpeas I've eaten. They were firm, tasted good, and were not over-salted. Nice! Check out Eden's site...they have an amazing array of foods!
What are your favorite beans?