“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Vegetarians „
Being a vegan family we do eat a lot of beans and lentils so when I spotted this three bean salad in the bean aisle in Tesco I was quite pleased. I do enjoy cooking and so this bean mix seemed very versatile to me for cooking purposes; from adding it to a chilli, enchilada's or lasagne. I'd imagine that with a mustard and mint sauce that this bean mix would make a nice cold salad to go along with summer BBQ's (whenever we get the summer!).
So inside the tin are cannellini beans (small, white beans), flageolet beans (small, light green and kidney shaped) and adzuki beans (small, reddish black beans.) These three bean variations work really well together as the cannellini and adzuki beans have a similar texture but the flageolet beans give the whole mix a sharp and crisp texture. As you'd expect these are quite healthy and are kept in water and calcium chloride - which is a common ingredient and permitted food additive.
Half a drained can contains 100 calories, 9.6g protein, 13g of carbohydrates, a trace of salt and sugar, 0.7g of fat, 0.1g of which are sat fat and 10.6g of fibre. These are also suitable for vegans and vegetarians which probably seems obvious but it's always good to know, right? ;). If you don't manage to eat the whole tin of beans in one day then pop them into a container and keep in the fridge to be consumed within two days. Half a can is one of your five a day.
Price wise I do think this product is a bit on the pricey side but with Tesco's own brand of chickpeas being 77p then paying 99p for this THREE bean mix isn't that outrageous. You get a good mix of beans that can be added to almost any recipe or made into a nice, light salad. Overall I'd rate this 4/5.
Trying to think of something different to put into hubbys lunchbox as sandwiches and rolls can get a bit boring day after day, when I remembered what I used to make for my son for College. It was something that he got out of one of his Mens Health mags.
It was a bean and pasta salad, I used to get a large colander and put an assortment of different tinned beans ( not baked beans!) into it and rinse ( the rest of it I will tell you later on!). This used to work out quite expensive as some of the beans are quite dear to buy so I was pleased when I spotted these sitting on the shelf in Tesco's. As my husband was the only one eating these, then this would be enough by the time I have added other ingredients.
Coming from the "Wholefood" range you get the impression that these must be good for you as the label looks very healthy ( if you know what I mean!) coming in water also means a much quicker rinsing time as well. Being good for the digestive system and a good source of fibre I decided to go for these ones for a change and being only one tin it only cost me 44p for a 410g tin.
The tin contains 3 different beans ( hence the label 3 bean salad) which are Cannellini beans, Flageolet beans and Adzuki beans. Being different in size and colour these can look quite nice when added to a salad. As for taste they haven't got a particular taste and if anything are a bit on the bland side, but by the time you add other things to them they make a very nice lunch or snack to keep in the fridge.
Now what I usually do is cook a small amount of wholewheat pasta and chill until cool, I then put these into a bowl after well draining. I then add the tin of 3 beans, plus a tin of butter beans ( again after rinsing and draining well). Next goes in a tin of chopped tomatoes with a good helping of grated mature cheddar.This does make quite a lot once all mixed together, good for students on a budget ( the cheese can be left out if pennies are tight!) as well as being good for you!.
Give this a good stir and either put into a large lidded bowl until serving or as I do I put into individual pots and keep in the fridge to add to hubbys lunchbox each day. The label on the tin does say that these will keep in the fridge for 2 days, but to be honest we still have it 4 days later and it tastes just as good.
This tin contains 410g, but when drained it contains 246g. Each 100g contains ( I don't know if this is drained or not as it doesn't say);
You can also have these beans heated up as well, but I have only had them cold so I can't really say what they taste like hot. These can be heated in a microwave for a couple of minutes when added to water.
So quite a good source of fibre for a small price and saves on buying individual tins ( lots of pennies saved there!) so less recycling to do as well. I will give these 5 Dooyoo stars as I think these are a good buy and will be getting stocked up in the cupboard with these, to have on standby!.