New in the Market: The Better Bean Company

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on August 17, 2017 · 0 comments

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

The Better Bean Company, a father and daughter founded brand, offers 15-ounce chilled deli tubs of cooked beans. All eight varieties of Better Beans are NonGMO Project Verified, gluten free, soy free and vegan. This is a unique idea to deliver cooked beans. Each variety is already sautéed in olive oil with added ingredients so that they can be used without any additions as a side dish, dip, and spread or to make tacos, quesadillas or burritos. The brand’s website offers many recipe ideas to kick-start your imagination to use the beans. Kept refrigerated and unopened, Better Beans have an 8 week use-by date. Opened they should be used in 3 days. We tasted 6 of the 8 varieties. Each tub was a mix of whole and pureed beans and the tastes were excellent. A serving is a ½ cup.

Cuban Black Beans has 150 calories, 3 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein, 23 grams of carb (of which 6 grams are fiber and 2 grams are sugar naturally found in the beans), 280 milligrams of sodium and 110 milligrams of potassium.

Roasted Chipotle Red Beans has 170 calories, 5 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, 24 grams of carb (of which 6 grams are fiber and 2 grams are sugar naturally found in the beans), 260 milligrams of sodium and 120 milligrams of potassium.

Skillet Refried Red Beans has 140 calories, 3 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein, 22 grams of carb (of which 5 grams are fiber and 2 grams are sugar naturally found in the beans), 290 milligrams of sodium and 110 milligrams of potassium. This variety offered a quick base for a tasty bean and cheese quesadilla.

Three Sisters Chili has 160 calories, 4 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, 23 grams of carb (of which 6 grams are fiber and 2 grams are sugar naturally found in the beans), 260 milligrams of sodium and 110 milligrams of potassium. This choice can be used as a complete heat and eat meal.

Tuscan White Beans has 150 calories, 3 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, 22 grams of carb (of which 7 grams are fiber and 1 gram is sugar naturally found in the beans), 210 milligrams of sodium and 110 milligrams of potassium. We used this variety to make Tuscan Bean soup with excellent results.

Uncanny Refried Black Beans has 160 calories, 5 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, 23 grams of carb (of which 6 grams are fiber and 2 grams are sugar naturally found in the beans), 260 milligrams of sodium and 120 milligrams of potassium.

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