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July 2008

It is the name of a restaurant in Manhattan, a band in San Antonio, a song by Michael Franti. Rice and Beans is a term reminiscent of basic sustenance in almost all cultures, and the flavors that make them unique. These two foods are a symbol of simple, good things that go hand in hand. Rice and beans combined are not only comforting but the perfect complement nutritionally, delivering ‘complete’ protein with all the amino acids and a wealth of vitamins, minerals, and important fiber. Rice and bean dishes are popular in nearly every corner of the world, especially in Latin America. Early Portuguese settlers brought rice to Brazil and the Spanish introduced it around the Caribbean. As the cultivation of rice spread throughout Central and South America and the Mississippi Delta, people created tasty dishes combining rice and beans with regional seasonings, and variations were handed down through generations. For example, while many of the recipes for Red Beans & Rice can be traced back to a root style — Cajun, Creole, New Orleans, South Louisiana — there are thousands of variations from family to family and region to region.

Thoroughly Cooked

Inspired by traditional recipes, Eden created the first and only precooked organic brown rice and beans in a can. EDEN Organic Rice & Beans are made with USA family farm organically grown beans and heart healthy* Lundberg™ organic short grain brown rice, with all organic vegetables, herbs, and spices. They are thoroughly prepared at Eden's certified organic and kosher cannery. Beans are soaked overnight, blanched, combined with the brown rice and seasonings, and cooked to perfection with purified water and a bit of EDEN Sea Salt. All are low fat, cholesterol free, saturated fat free, and a good source of magnesium. Like all EDEN Beans they are packaged in steel cans coated with a baked on lining that does not contain the endocrine disrupter chemical bisphenol–A (BPA). Our can supplier, the Ball Corporation, tells us that Eden is the only U.S. food manufacturer to date that uses these BPA free cans. EDEN Organic Rice & Beans come in ten delicious flavors including four NEW ones: Mexican Rice & Black Beans, Spanish Rice & Pinto Beans, Moroccan Rice & Beans, and Curried Rice & Beans.

Go Ahead, Hide the Can

With EDEN Organic Rice & Beans in your pantry it's easy to make wholesome meals in minutes. Just heat, stir, and serve as is or add extra seasonings if you like. To make quick, hearty burritos just spoon onto tortillas, add salsa, vegetables, and any other toppings. For soups and stews simply add a variety of vegetables, water or stock, adjust the seasoning, and simmer until the vegetables are tender. You can also use EDEN Organic Rice & Beans to make delicious veggie burgers. Look for dozens of free recipes on our website including Rice & Bean Burgers, Creamy Rice and Bean Soup, and Spicy Cajun Red Beans & Rice Burritos. Go ahead, hide the can.

*Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers.