Trader Joe’s 17 Bean & Barley Mix

IMG_0646Trader Joe’s 17 Bean Mix is terrific for making a hearty winter soup. It has baby lima beans, black turtle beans, blackeye peas, dark red kidney beans, garbanzo beans, great northern beans, green lentils, green split peas, large lima beans, light red kidney beans, navy beans, pink white beans, yellow split peas, and pearl barley(if I am missing something, let me know). I’m used to eating just one type of bean or lentil in a meal, so this was an interesting change last night.

It has 13g of protein per serving, but I made and ate about 3 servings. I soaked the bean mix overnight, then cooked them in vegetable broth, along with kale, olive oil, black pepper, red pepper, and garlic powder for about 50 minutes. I had a little bread on the side. It was a very filling meal, full of so many different textures and subtle tastes, due to all the different types of legumes.

It was delicious, but the only problem was that the smaller lentils and beans cook a lot faster than the larger ones. So the lentils have to be turned to mush just to ensure the kidney beans are soft and cooked enough. This is the reason I usually prefer cooking just one type of legume.

Other than that, you can’t go wrong making soups or stews from this. It’s a great, high protein meal to come home to after joggling for several miles in the cold.

8 responses to “Trader Joe’s 17 Bean & Barley Mix

  1. Looks delicious. Wish there was a Trader Joe’s in Canada!

    • That’s kind of sad. It’s for a good reason many of us call Trader Joe’s “The Poor Man’s Whole Foods”.

  2. I love Trader Joes too and wish we had one here in So Fla!! Maybe you could cook the larger beans for awhile and then add the smaller ones the right amount of time ahead of the texure you want? It would take a little more minding but not too much.

  3. Life without Trader Joe’s would not be a life worth living! Have you ever noticed how they can chocolate cover everything? Amazing. I have made this soup, it is good. I have a boy who lives for beans – he was in heaven when I made this:)

  4. We just got a Trader Joe’s in Sarasota, FL. As a New Yorker, I was glad to see it open! I’m going to check out the 17 mix. Looks divine!

    • I hope you like them. The differences are subtle, but each legume has a slightly different taste, so this makes it a very interesting experience, taste-wise. Take good care of yourself.

  5. I truly love Traders Joe. Very sad to hear the 17 bean&barley mix has been discontinued. Can someone confirm this for me.

  6. yes, two stores have confirmed that has it has been discontinued. It was one of my very fav TJ products! I am sad

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