Remember Jack? You know, the little guy with the cow, the magic beans and the no-nonsense mom? Well, I’m thinking Jack’s mom was sorta quick to judge. I think Jack really had something going when he decided magic beans were a great deal. You see, I just happened to get a bag of magic beans for Christmas this year.

Ok, I’m wandering a bit far off into the woods here, but did you catch the name of my new favorite product: Toni’s 10-Bean Mix? Pretty magical, right? I wish I could claim responsibility for this delicious 10-Bean Soup Mix, but it’s a different Toni. And this amazing product is made and sold by the Women’s Bean Project, based in Denver, CO.

In their own words, here is what the Women’s Bean Project does:

The mission of Women’s Bean Project is to change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.

Founded in 1989, Women’s Bean Project is an anomaly in the business world. It is a business, one that packages and sells bean soup mixes, baking mixes and other dry food products to stores across the U.S. and online. But tucked inside this business is a human services organization designed to provide a safe and accepting work environment where impoverished women can learn the skills required for gainful employment.

 

I received my bag of beans for Christmas from my good friend Deb, the person who inspired my 2016 Christmas post, A Pocket Full of Dreams. Deb knows me so well and delivered the perfect gift—the excitement of seeing my name on a wonderful food product, the gift that keeps on giving to those in need, and the starter ingredients to a yummy meal that used up leftovers and need-to-go freezer rations. Wow. Deb does know me.

Toni’s 10-Bean Soup Mix is a beautiful array of lentils, green split peas, pearled barley, black beans, black eyed peas, red lentils, navy beans, red chili beans, yellow split peas and cranberry beans. The package also includes a flavor packet of dried herbs, dehydrated veggies and spices, with no artificial anything. The women who work at the Bean Project help you make the most of your bean mix by providing an easy-to-prepare soup recipe, requiring just a couple extra ingredients from you. For me, the mix of beans and seasoning was blank page just beckoning me to get creative. And I did! Here’s the Green Gal take on this Women’s Bean Project best-seller. But I’m sure I’ve only scratched the surface of possibility, so maybe you can buy some and dig a little deeper?

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To date, Women’s Bean Project is sold in more than 1,000 retail and grocery locations nationwide, including King Soopers and Safeway (Colorado locations), Ten Thousand Villages, Womensbeanproject.com and many other big-name online retailers. They offer numerous products from soup mixes and baking mixes to handmade jewelry. During their 25 years as a leading social enterprise, they have helped hundreds of women regain their lives, learn critical skills, become employed and start a bright future for themselves and their families. So you see, the Women’s Bean Project helps us all with the work they do for the women they directly serve.

So maybe a bowl of soup can save the world, eh? If you are still skeptical, please view this TedTalk by Women’s Bean Project CEO Tamra Ryan. Then, please, consider buying a bag of beans, and, with that purchase, spread hope and prosperity that will eventually touch everyone. Not to mention make yourself one heck of a great bowl of soup!