Tuesday, May 22, 2012

TruRoots Does It Again

I have yet to buy a TruRoots product that I don't love.  While at Costco last week, I came across a ginormous bag of their Sprouted Bean Trio.  It's a combination of sprouted lentils, mung, and adzuki beans.  After checking out the nutritional information, I couldn't say no. 

In just a 1/4 cu of this little powerhouse blend, you will get the benefit of only .5g of fat, 27g carbs, 11g of dietary fiber, 11g of protein, 4% of calcium, 10% of iron, and 160 calories.  I compared this to my normal Texmati Organic Brown Rice.  The same serving has 1g of fat, 35 carbs, only 6.5g of dietary fiber, and only 4g of protein.  Obviously, the bean trio is a much better choice.  As suggested on the TruRoots website, these beans can be used in salads, soups, in casseroles and burritos, or as an easy side dish.  According to the cooking directions, it says that it only needs 15 minutes, but I found that their definition of "al dente" is more like "al break a tooth" so I cooked it for about another 15 minutes.  Since this was my first experiment with it, I just sauteed about 3/4 cu mirepoix (equal parts diced carrots, celery, and onion) until soft in a tablespoon or so of olive oil and splash of unsalted organic chicken stock. 
After about 8-10 minutes, I added one cup of the dry bean mixture and kept stirring over low heat so that it could meld together with the vegetables for just a minute or two.  Then I added 2 cups more of the chicken stock and brought it to a boil.  Once boiling, turn down the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-30 minutes depending on how "al dente" or soft you like your beans.  I would just check it after 20 minutes and go from there.  Once cooked, I seasoned them with a little salt-free garlic and herb spice blend (another Costco purchase) and ate it as a side dish with my salmon and squash.  It was delicious (which is a good since there is no such thing as a small bag of anything at Costco!). 


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