“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Beans „
I have only ever notice the white soya beans that you can eat from the packet and have never seen these before, yikes I knew I should have listened in school! Frozen and ready packed from Bird's eye, now I know.
Again [forgive me for mentioning it!] these were flagged up in our 5.2 diet. For most if not all our stir fries and casseroles they are a much needed and now loved part of our dietary intake.
These beans provide one portion of your five a day, packed with proteins they really fill you up as they are, we found, available as small green beans or a larger form where the skin comes off but still wonderfully edible.
From birds eye on Ocado, we brought these for £1 as we find most of their frozen veg is priced at for 450g. This lasts us, when weighed out, four meals, which is great value for money.
These tend to be added in the last few minutes of heating the meal, any longer and they can become soggy. Maximum time seems to be three minutes heated through.
For 100g, it is 105 kcal we are allowed in a 5.2 meal 50g so it is as minimal as you can get but still they are very filling.
I like the non-GM process of Birds eyes and they don't add preservatives or flavours, I trust that this brand keeps the freshness and flavours of the beans as much as possible from first picking. I would highly recommend these for anyone wanting to make that stir fry last longer.
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.