I was already in Trader Joe’s buying ingredients to make my homemade vegetarian chili when I spied something I’d never seen before: TJ’s 17 Bean & Barley Mix. This could only bode well for my future chili. I bought two bags and hurried home.
This dried bean and barley mix boasts an impressive 17 bean varieties. Yup, count ‘em, they’re all there (if you count lentils and various types of peas as beans, that is).
Check out the nutritional information: all that protein, fiber, and iron. Yes, please.
What a gorgeous assortment.
Heck, the packaging is even super helpful, providing two options for prepping – a long soak and quick soak method. I did the quick soak and the beans came out perfectly. I used the whole bag and found they really bulked up after soaking. I split the entire amount in half, some for my chili and the rest I’ll keep in the fridge for next weekend.
After the quick soak, I added half of the bean and barley mix to my already simmering vegetarian chili.
After 3 hours of low and slow bubbling, I packaged it up into 5 portions for work lunches this week. This all-veggie chili with a hearty bean and barley base clocks in at 539 calories per serving. All that fiber and protein keep me full until dinner. Not to mention it’s warm, comforting, and bursting with flavor.
I definitely will be buying TJ’s bean and barley mix again to make chili. I can’t wait to think up more applications too!
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