Friday, March 18, 2016

Field of Beans (and Dreams)

Be honest- when I say "Beanfields" what is the first thing that comes to mind? Do you picture a beautiful spring day, with cows mooing and green everywhere? A picturesque landscape where you feel at one with nature (where, magically, there are no pesky bugs...I hate all bugs, they freak me out). Is it something like a little like this-

Nope. It's not a field but it is a bean. Well, many beans actually. Well, actually it is a field AND beans. And from what I have read on the Beanfields website, I guess you could even say it's a field of dreams. What may look like an innocent snack to you is actually a secret agent within the tortilla chip world.

Snacking- Good or Bad?
For most of my life, I have been told that snacking should be limited. Like most people, I didn't really like that or listen to it. We all grew up being fed what we didn't know would become the unhealthy foods that are now so mainstream. There have been studies that prove that the typical shelf snacks in a chip bag contain ingredients that actually make you crave more, leave you feeling hungry later and can also be addicting. But as an adult and now a mother of a 14 year old with multiple food allergies, I have learned more about what I should and shouldn't eat and what to feed my family. Snacking is good - as long as you know what to reach for.

Put Down the Grease, Pick up the Fiber
All those GMO snacks that taste good at the time but really don't do anything other than try to fill a craving, the artificially colored crunchers that make your fingers turn funky colors, the bags and bags of products that you cannot even correctly pronounce when you try to read the label. Doesn't this make you wonder what it's doing to the inside of your body too? Whatever goes into the stomach also goes into the rest of your body- ALL of it. (It's called neurons, people and your stomach has more neurons than your spine, which decides how all of the signals will be dispersed to your body.) I didn't make it up, it's a fact- Google it. Beanfields Snacks are Vegan, contain fiber and protein, are gluten free, are allergy-friendly and they are addictively delicious. When was the last time you picked up any other brand of chip and could say the same? ..think about it.

I Ate Them
Actually, I ate many of them. As much as I hate to admit it, I ate the entire bag of their Nacho flavor. THE WHOLE BAG! But it's a trick- they make them taste good but they put just the right amount of chips into the bag so that you're like "Ok, well technically it's like half a bag or less since it settles in shipping." But the flavor- oh my! I (was) a huge orange-cheesy-tortilla-chip-who-shall-remain-unnamed lover back in the day so Beanfields Nacho chips were like I had found my healthy replacement. Love at multiple bites. I did have an assortment which also included Sea Salt, Barbecue, Ranch, Pico de Gallo, Salt N' Pepper and Simply Unsalted. My honest thoughts: all of the chips had a good, kind of different crunch to them. These chips are hearty, crunchy but they also have a slight softer crunch to way I can describe it. I will say that I am a big flavor person so as much as I enjoyed each of them, my personal preferences were the Nacho and Barbecue. In my opinion, the Ranch could use a tad more ranch flavor but still a great chip. Not everyone has my taste buds- I eat spicy foods like they are going out of style so I recommend you taste them to see what your taste buds like the best.
Beanfields at FabLogCon 2015
Got My #KitchenGeek On
Of course I had to try a recipe!!!! I just can't help myself, it's an obsession. I almost feel incomplete without one. I decided to try something stemming from one of my own Mom Tips (as seen here) and I wanted to make something that NutriSon would actually try (talk about picky!). What can I say- the kid loves bread, just like Oprah so I made him some BBQ Bread.

This bread uses minimal time and ingredients. The flavor is subtle and although I used Barbecue, I'm positive that any of the other flavored Beanfields chips would be just as good. As always, I'm sharing the recipe below but feel free to click on the recipe title to grab a free download as well.

BBQ Bread
Featuring Beanfields Snacks

Winona Pure Oil
1 Package Barbecue Beanfields Snacks 
1 Cup Our House All Purpose Baking Mix
1 Tablespoon gluten free baking powder
1 Teaspoon powdered egg replacer (such as Ener-G Foods)
2 Tablespoons raw honey
1/4 Cup butter or butter alternative (softened)
1 Cup milk of your choice

Prep Time:   10 Minutes
Bake Time:   23 Minutes

  1. Prepare an 8x8 baking dish by lightly spraying it with Winona Pure Oil and set aside
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  3. Using a food processor, grind the entire bag of Barbecue Beanfields Snacks  chips until no large lumps appear
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the ground chips, baking mix and powdered egg replacer
  5. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients
  6. Add the honey, butter and milk
  7. Combine well, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to mix evenly
  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan
  9. Bake for approximately 23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  10. Allow the pan to cool for 10 minutes before slicing
Serving sizes will vary

Thank you to the lovely and wonderful peeps at Beanfields Snacks both for what they do to allow us to snack healthier and for allowing me to get a first-hand tasting. Always feel free to send know, the crushed ones, soon to expire ones, new flavors-I'm your gal!

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