One of the hardest parts of being a new vegan (or even an old seasoned vegan) is trying to keep up with all the new products out there. I must have spent over $50 looking for the "right" vegan cheese my first year being a vegan and I have over 50 vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in my arsenal but not all the recipes are the greatest. I’m the first born so I’m used to being a Guinea Pig and now I’m your Vegan Guinea Pig. So here are my recommendations and critiques. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Trader Joe's Spanish White Beans with Vegetables

It’s so hard to eat good when you’re on the road, but as long as there’s a microwave out there I know I’ll be ok. One of my new favorites in the world of heat and serve meals is Trader Joe’s Spanish White Beans with Vegetables. The ingredients are simple: White beans, water, onion, red pepper, tomato, green pepper, sunflower oil, carrot, salt, garlic and paprika. No scary words that you can’t pronounce and no preservatives. Although I was sad that there wasn’t rice to go along with this that can be easily remedied - if you don't have time to make a batch of brown rice Trader Joe's also has precooked brown rice available. To jazz up the flavor just a touch I recommend adding a little freshly ground pepper, cayenne or even a little Tabasco sauce.

To make it to my list of favorites a dish has got to be more than good, it has to be good for you as well. And this dish does not disappoint. Each bowl contains two 1 cup servings. It is super low in calories at just 190 calories a serving, fills you up with fiber at 7 grams of fiber per serving and gives you a protein boost with 10 grams of protein per serving. Not only that it has 20% of the RDA for Vitamin A and the all important Iron as well as 40% of the RDA for Vitamin C and 10% of the RDA of calcium. Wholesome ingredients, low in calories and high in nutrients. Who could ask for more?! And it’s all ready in less than 3 minutes.


  1. Just when I discovered this wonderful tasting dish, it has been discontinued!!! We live in a small area in central central coast/Ca. if it is available in other areas, please let me know @

  2. I not only loved the Spanish White beans, but TJ's also had a wonderful tasting lentil dish in the same type package that was also discontinued. Any comments on this?

  3. I live on Long Island, NY, and I, too, was thoroughly disappointed when I was told that Trader Joe's had discontinued these two products. I still had a tray of the lentils and the package says that they are made in Spain. I can't imagine that Trader Joe's was the only store the manufacturer sold to, so I'm going to try to track down some other sources. If I find any, I will post them.

    TJ also recently discontinued their organic steak sauce and a drink that came in a four-pack in pomegranate and blueberry flavors.


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