Wednesday, June 29, 2011

  Women's Bean Project sent me a sampling of some of their gourmet food offerings for review.

Women's Bean Project sells gourmet foods, gifts, baskets, bundles and stuff as well as a beautiful handmade jewelery. And y'all it is all for a great cause.

Nourishing Lives 
 Since 1989 we have been helping women break the cycle of poverty and  unemployment. We are a nonprofit organization that teaches job  readiness and life skills for entry-level jobs through employment in our  gourmet food production and handmade jewelry manufacturing businesses.  Women come with the goal of transforming their lives and moving toward  self sufficiency.

Our Mission and VisionSince 1989, Women's Bean Project has been dedicated to helping women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. 
Our Mission: To change women's lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise. 
Our Vision: Women’s  Bean Project strives to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and  poverty by helping women discover their talents and develop skills by  offering job readiness training opportunities. 
 With this stepping  stone toward success, the women will be able to support themselves and  their families, and create stronger role models for future generations.

 The products I was sent were:

Southwest Blend Salsa Mix (medium) 
This is a great packet of mix. You can use canned tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and even put it in guacamole. I love the flavor combination with avocado. I think the addition of cilantro really makes this one's taste pop.
A great dip with just a touch of cilantro. Mix with fresh or canned  tomatoes to create the salsa. Roll inside flour tortillas spread with  cream cheese and salsa. It will be the hit of the party.

Ingredients: Red chili, onions, sea salt and other natural spices. No sugar or preservatives.

Original Blend Salsa/Fajita Mix 
This is another tasty salsa packet. Works great as a marinade on beef or as taco seasoning. The salsa mixed fresca tastes awesome on eggs.

Add diced or chopped tomatoes and our spices to make a flavorful dip.  Blue corn chips make an attractive side for this rich red salsa. Cook  with chicken or beef for delicious fajitas!

Blend with canned or  fresh tomatoes, Can also be blended with sour cream. Easy to use. Keep  on hand for last minute guests. Add water to use as fajita marinade.

Ingredients: Red chili, onions, sea salt and other natural spices. No sugar or preservatives.

 I was also blessed to be able to try out two of the chili mixes from Women's Bean Project. With these mixes you can make a great vegetarian chili with the included flavorful beans and spices. If you prefer you may also add ground beef to make it for those that prefer meat.

Firehouse #10 Hot Chili
 The multiple varieties of beans have beautiful color when blended with additional veggies. recipe is on package. The beans cooked perfectly. We opted to add a venison and beef mix to the chili and I have to say it is quite tasty.  Slight bite but not enough to hurt.
The spicy combination of chipotle and crushed red pepper give this  three-bean chili quite a kick. Named after our building, the old Denver  Fire Department Firehouse #10.

SPICY, great for crock pots or  stove top, serves 6, wholesome and satisfying, great with Women's Bean  Project Golden Cornbread, kosher certified

Ingredients: small red  beans, pinto beans, kidney beans and spieces including parsley, chili  powder, chipotle and crushed red pepper.

Old Fashioned Mild Chili
 Love the flavor of these beans with a side of cornbread.the flavors sing on your tongue.

Mildly spiced with cumin and chili pepper, this red bean chili reminds  you of the comforts of home. Goes nicely with our Golden Cornbread.
Mild  spices, great for crock pots or stove top, serves 6, wholesome and  satisfying, great with Women's Bean Project Golden Cornbread, kosher  certified

Ingredients: red beans and spices including parsley, chili pepper and cumin.

I really like that all of the products from  Women's bean Project are hand crafted by the  programs participants.  That way the products are more personal. For instance, The cards on the  chili and salsa mixes are actually signed "Lovingly Handmade by"... mine were  Renee, Jeannette, Cindy and Angela. I want to thank you ladies for  making such great packs of chili and salsa mix. Y'all are doing a great  job. Keep up the good work and God Bless.

Here is a video showing how Women's Bean project help women get back on their feet and support their families:

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If you would like to purchase some of these great products you can find em on the Women's Bean project website.  If you would like to make a donation to this great cause you can find out all the information you need here.

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