Product Type: Tesco Spices & Seasoning
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Tesco Value Red Kidney Beans
Member Name: song_of_calliope
Tesco Value Red Kidney Beans
Advantages: Tastes great, really cheap
Disadvantages: None that I can think of
I have recently been converted to buying many of the items in Tesco's Value Range. I mean, it seems silly not to save money when you can get the same quality products for a lot less money than other brands. One example of this is the Red Kidney Beans that they sell for only 19p per tin.
The packaging of the beans is different from the dooyoo picture nowadays and slightly more appetizing. It still comes in a tin with the value label on it but there is now a big close-up photograph of kidney beans on the front instead of the little drawing. This makes the product more appealing but at the same time it doesn't look as nice as some of the other tins of beans on the shelf. I think this is done on purpose to put you off buying cheaper ones if you can afford to get the prettier, pricier ones. So I've learned to look past the packaging and give these types of things a try.
The tin the beans come in doesn't have a ring-pull top so you'll have to get the tin opener out for this one. Once you get it open, you'll see that the beans inside look fat and juicy and ready to use.
I like to rinse the beany liquid off my beans a bit before I use them because I think it looks unpleasant but I'm not sure this is strictly necessary. I then add the beans to all kinds of things but mostly to dishes with a tex-mex flavour. I love them in fajitas instead of the chicken (I'm vegetarian, but think this would suit non-veggies as well as beans are so much less expensive and such a good source of protein).
One very quick and easy recipe I make with these is chili. Fry up an onion and a couple of cloves of garlic, add a teaspoon each of dried coriander, cumin, and chili powder, stir in a tin of tomatoes and a tin of beans and add some frozen corn. Simmer for 5 minutes and voila - dinner! Great with a spoonful of plain low-fat Greek yogurt (or sour cream if you're not watching the calories) and warm tortillas.
Half a drained can of these beans contains just 125 calories and constitutes one of your five a day. They're suitable for vegetarians and are an excellent source of fiber.
I really don't notice any difference from regular name brand beans and so I recommend these very highly.
Summary: Give them a try
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