“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Beans „
In the last few years there has been a lot of hype about soya. Soya products are promoted as great healthy foods, due to soya being low fat and high in protein. In fact soya is one of the only vegetarian foods that is a complete protein, meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids which can't be produced by your body.
Most people will have heard of soya milk, a great alternative to cows' milk which is popular with vegans and many health-conscious people. But are many peope familiar with the beans which are used to produce soya milk. Probably not!
Birds Eye now sell frozen soya bean which appear quite similar to broad beans but are slightly smaller and a darker shade of green. They can be eaten in various ways, as can most frozen vegetables.
These are ready prepared and just have to be boiled before being consumed. They take just 6 minutes to cook in a saucepan on the oven hob. They look pleasant and they are soft in texture when cooked. They keep their shape in the boiling water and look much the same when cooked as they do when frozen.
The soya beans taste quite plain but when mixed into meals or with other vegetables, they can taste quite good. The great thing is that an 80g serving counts as 1 of your 5 portions of vegetables, and included 25g soya protein daily has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol. Therefore these soya beans are a great healthy choice.
These can also be cooked in a microwave for convenience and take around 4 minutes to cook in this way, depending on the microwave. They turn out exactly the same in the microwave so you can cook them however you prefer.
Birds Eye also sell these in a packet combined with frozen peas. I prefer them like this as the sweetness of the peas compliments the duller flavour of the soya beans. However the soya beans alone are great mixed into stir frys, rice dishes and much more.
Try these next time your in your local supermarket. Sainsbury's sell them in the frozen counters, priced at £1.89 for 480g. This is great value as each serving is only 31.5p.