Beans are a great source of fiber, healthy carbohydrates, and plant-based protein. Let me show you how to use ThriveLife’s Instant Black Beans in your food storage pantry, and for everyday eats!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for…..instant beans! No? Just me? Sorry.
My favorite comfort food as a kid was my Grandma Roberta’s homemade, family recipe, ham and bean soup. Salty chunks of ham, warm, flavorful beans, with plenty of cornbread slathered in honey butter on the side. Simple, cheap, and yet so delicious, this is a recipe passed down from my family members during the Great Depression.
But the thing is, I never made that soup for myself. Ever. Want to know why? Because the overnight process of soaking the beans drove me nuts! When I wanted (no, needed) Grandma’s ham-and-bean soup, I wanted it ASAP. Soaking the beans was an extra, annoying step that I never felt like taking. (I’m not very good at the whole, “delayed gratification” thing.)
Enter: ThriveLife Instant Beans.
Oh, yes. You heard me. Instant Beans. While not entirely instant, these babies whack the typical cook time of dried beans in half. Actually, less than half. Like, an eighth? I don’t know, but it’s really fast. All you have to do is boil your beans in water for 15-20 minutes, and you’ve got dinner! There’s also a delicious recipe on the package for a black bean soup that we will definitely be trying.
Since these “Instant Beans” seemed too good to be true, I decided to put them to the test. Soup is great and all, but a decent bean burger is hard to pull off if your little legume friends are still crunchy. I used this recipe for black bean burgers from Buzzfeed Tasty, one batch using traditional, canned black beans, and one using ThriveLife’s Instant Black Beans. Let’s cook!
The set up:
(Please excuse the fuzzy iPhone pictures.) This was the assembly process! Everything was surprisingly easy to make.
Instant beans after re-hydrating and cooking:
I should have cooked these a little longer as I realized a bit too late (read: as I was eating my burger) that I’d left them a bit crunchy still.
Ready to cook!
I know, so pretty. I should be a food stylist. But don’t be fooled–they smelled and tasted amazing. I added fresh cilantro to mine for an herby punch.
The finished products side by side:
These are the finished products. The burger at the top of the photo was made with store-bought, canned black beans. The burger on the bottom was made with ThriveLife’s Instant Black Beans. The instant bean burger is much darker, and didn’t hold together quite as well (probably due to the under-cooked beans), but the flavor and texture were great!
These burgers were amazing! You can definitely see the difference between the two in the picture above, but taste-wise, there was virtually nothing to distinguish the instant beans from the regular ones! No weird aftertaste or texture at all. I was insanely impressed with this product!
If you’re interested in adding ThriveLife’s instant beans to your pantry, I definitely recommend them! Beans make great meal stretchers, without sacrificing nutrients or protein. ThriveLife also carries Instant Pinto Beans, Instant Red Beans, and Instant Refried Beans (say what?!) if you prefer those over black. All four options are very affordable at less than $7.00 per large can! Compare that to the roughly $25.00 you pay per can of freeze dried meat, it’s a total bargain.