Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pacific Foods Organic Baked and Refried Beans {Product Review}



When I was approached by Pacific Foods to do a review for their new Organic Baked and Refried Beans I didn't even have to think twice about it. For one DUH I am the Mexican food freak, and for two I love finding new healthier alternatives to the old standby foods we have used for years. I loved the fact that they have simple, organic, non-GMO ingredients, and are packaged in BPA-free Tetra Recart cartons. Take care of your body and the planet. That is a good two for one in my book! They believe in the simple way of doing things and have for 25 years. If you make good food using simple quality ingredients, how can you go wrong? They also embrace farming sustainably and acting kinder towards people, animals and the world around us. Check out their story to see how important all of these things are to them. 

OK now on to the food right? The first thing I grabbed once I got my box open was of course *drum roll please* the Organic Refried Pinto Beans


INGREDIENTS

  • Organic Pinto Beans
  • Water
  • Organic Onion
  • Organic Pork Fat
  • Sea Salt
  • Organic Garlic
  • Organic Spices

SUITABLE FOR THESE SPECIAL DIETS

  1. Dairy Free
  2.  
  3. Corn Free
  4.  
  5. Soy Free
  6.  
  7. Wheat Free
  8.  


I haven't had a can of beans in my house since the kids moved away, about 6 months ago. All of my life I have been a Rosarita Refried Beans girl. My Dad loved them and I passed that love down to my kids. One of our favorite breakfast dishes is beans and eggs. You heat up the refried beans and put a little bit in the middle of the plate, top with some shredded cheese, fry a couple of eggs and plop those on top of everything. A little drizzle of some Mexican hot sauce and a couple of tortillas and BAM you have yourself a darn tasty breakfast! 

Now you know I have said this before, the main things that makes me crazy about canned and boxed foods are the fat and sodium contents. They are usually through the roof! If you compare the Rosarita vegetarian beans with the Pacific Food Organic Vegetarian Refried Beans you will see that the fat levels are pretty close, so that is a good thing right? Sure but let's look at my favorite hiding place, sodium. Rosarita beans have a whopping 540mg!!! Pacific Foods has 360mg plus more protein per serving. 

OK OK I hear ya, even if they are healthier than the major brand it doesn't matter if they just don't taste good, and I have to admit I was worried that my years and years of eating (and being slightly addicted to) my favorite canned beans would leave me less than pleased with an alternative. Nope, not the case. If anything I felt like there was more flavor. The beans didn't seem as heavy and "gloopy". They actually tasted like beans! No water needed to thin them out, just heat them up and in your tummy they go.

So last night we decided to BBQ. We had a couple big ol' ribeyes, macaroni salad, and we decided it was the perfect time to give the Organic Baked Beans with Pork a try. 


INGREDIENTS

  • Water
  • Organic Navy Beans
  • Organic Onion
  • Organic Brown Sugar
  • Organic Tomato Paste
  • Organic Cane Sugar
  • Organic Rice Flour
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Organic Roasted Pork
  • Organic Garlic
  • Sea Salt
  • Organic Spices

SUITABLE FOR THESE SPECIAL DIETS

  1. Dairy Free
  2.  
  3. Corn Free
  4.  
  5. Soy Free
  6.  


Now you have to understand that, just as attached as I was to my good ol' Rosarita beans, Kevin is VERY attached to his Busch's Baked Beans. I am actually surprised that he didn't complain when I made baked beans from scratch. He just loves those beans so it has been a no brainer for me, if he wants baked beans, we get Busch's. 

I gave the box to him and let him take control. It took him a minute, but once he figured out how to open it he thought the packaging was pretty cool. He liked how fresh the beans looked and smelled. Then he turned the stove top to low and went about grilling the steaks. Once we sat down with our steaks and beans I tried not to be obvious about watching his reaction, but dang it I wanted to know! He took one bite.....then another. Then I hear "Hmmm these are pretty good" then more eating, "Wow I honestly didn't expect to like these" TADA a winner!! Just as I was really prepared to hang on to my old standby he was too, and we were both more than pleasantly surprised. You get all of the terrific flavors you expect from the old name brands, they are better for you, and even the packaging is more efficient for storage space and better for the environment. That my friends is a win all the way across the board!!


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Disclosure: I received a selection of products to sample but was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Bobbi, just popped over to let you know that your link to Food on Friday: Burgers was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series today. Hope you are having a good week.

    Ps Awesome that you've got me on your sidebar - thank you!

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