Turtle Beans are on the menu

This week our Veggie foodies will be enjoying a flavour-packed Mexican bowl with some exciting ingredients such as black beans and freekah. You may not have tried black beans before, so let us give you a quick rundown.

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Black beans, a legume also known as turtle beans because of their hard shell-like appearance, are grown mainly in Indian and Brazil.

We have taken out some of the hard work for you, so the beans we are providing are precooked to make for a much speedier meal!

These beans are well known for their high protein and fiber content, as well as having an array of beneficial vitamins and minerals such as iron, B vitamins, magnesium, and zinc. Black beans also contain a variety of phytonutrients, substances that act as antioxidants to protect against various diseases. Due to their high nutrient content, black beans may help to maintain healthy bone structure and strength, lower blood pressure, manage blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation, support a healthy heart and help to prevent heart disease, support a healthy digestion and aid detoxification! Wow – they are super good for you in so many ways!

Here are a few ideas on how to include more black beans in your diet:

  • Add some black beans to your favourite Mexican burritos or chilli
  • Mix mashed black beans with onion, garlic, spices and flour to make a delicious vegetarian burger patty
  • Blend with garlic, onion, coriander and lime juice for a quick dip
  • Make a hearty winter soup with onions, tomatoes and your favourite spices

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