Spilling The Beans On BeanVIVO
If you’re on a mission to incorporate more healthful beans into your diet, but dread taking the time to cook them from scratch, BeanVIVO comes to the rescue.
These organic, entirely plant-based cooked beans come ready to eat in shelf-stable, microwavable pouches.
That means you can keep them handy in your pantry, then pull them out at the spur of the moment for a quick side dish or entree at home. Or throw them into your backpack to enjoy when camping.
I had a chance to try samples of the four different flavors: Baja Black Beans, Coconut Curry Chickpeas, Three Bean Vegan Chili, and Refried Pinto Beans. They are all gluten-free, and contain 13 to 16 grams of protein and 120 to 150 calories per serving, depending upon the variety.
The Baja Black Beans are toothsome yet creamy, and very earthy tasting. They float in plenty of bean pot liqueur, making them ideal as a base for a soup or to top a fluffy mound of rice.
The Coconut Curry Chickpeas are the most flavorful of the bunch, with a thick, creamy base of coconut milk seasoned with ginger, garlic, and turmeric for a big warmth that you just want to enfold into griddled flatbread.
The Three Bean Vegan Chili is a mix of red, black and navy beans, along with plant-based chorizo. It’s hearty and filling enough to be enjoyed on its own. Or top with melted cheese or a sunny side-up egg. Or dollop into a baked potato or even mound over tortilla chips for easy nachos.
The Refried Pinto Beans are pasty thick. They’re quite mild tasting, but your favorite salsa will perk them up just like that.
BeanVivo is available on Amazon in 6-packs for $23.94.