Being born and raised in the South I am a huge fan of Southern style vegetables. Allens, based in Arkansas, recently sent us some of their canned vegetables to try out for dinner.
In the summer we love to get fresh produce either from local vegetable stands or from my father-in-law’s cousin’s farm in a neighboring county. But in the winter fresh vegetables are a bit tougher to come by.
Many of Allens’ Southern Style line of vegetables actually promote heart health, calcium and tons of vitamins. We tried seasoned collard greens, cabbage, seasoned green beans and potatoes, Hoppin’ John (perfect to kick off the New Year), and seasoned pinto beans with Vidalia onions, which every good Southerner knows is the Rolls Royce of onions. Although Allens has been making traditional canned vegetables and Southern-style favorites, which are gluten free, since 1926, I was not familiar with the brand.
I picked up some barbecue one night last week and was ready to give these vegetables a try! My favorite and the hubby’s favorite canned goods were the seasoned green beans and the seasoned pinto beans, both of which have zero fat grams. That’s right I said ZERO. We’re trying to watch our weight this month after the gluttonous holidays, aren’t we all, and this was a pleasant surprise because sometimes when you think Southern food you think lots of heavy comfort type dishes. I have eaten my fair share of green beans and pinto beans in 40 years and I’ll definitely try these canned goods again. They were delicious and they were also a quick and easy side dish for a work and school night.