Meal planning? Who has time for that? Sometimes days are just too short for everything that’s on your to-do list.

Well, how are you going to feed your family this week? It’s super simple. Always have your FOOD STAPLES stocked in your freezer, refrigerator, and pantry for you last-minute meal planners. Take some time this next week to find your favorite recipes you can create under 20 minutes. Because why slave over your last-minute meals?

Okay, what is this “FOOD STAPLE” term? What are you talking about? Everyone has heard the fashion industry always stating that you must have your wardrobe staples like that plain white t-shirt, your go to blazer, classic white button-up, dark denim, and the little black dress. It’s a “must have” in your closet. So why can’t you have this idea in your kitchen?

So, let’s start our brainstorming…What can be your FOOD STAPLES?

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Frozen Beans
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Noodles
  • Spices

This list can go on and on, but how do you not go overboard? It’s super simple. List out your go-to recipes…there you have it. Your FOOD STAPLES! They have been hiding in this simple list all this time! These recipes you know by heart and they seem to change each time you whip up the recipe due to the supplies in the kitchen.

So, what are some of my go-to recipes? What are my FOOD STAPLES? My FOOD STAPLES seem to change by the season. My go-to recipes seem to be simple, economical, and versatile. Below is one of my favorite recipes that no matter what time of year I always have supplies: 13 Foods Pardina! Lentils, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, taco seasoning, and brown sugar.

Now you have some ideas and a list…it’s time to go shopping!





Wow! The Thanksgiving countdown has begun. Just in a few short days our homes will be filled with laughter, yummy food creations and fellowship with your friends and family. Some of you may already have delectable baking aromas filling your house and festive decorations in place to display your excitement for the beginning of the holiday season. It appropriately starts with taking the time to reflect on our many blessings. 

 The 13 Foods Team would like to share what we are grateful for this year. Our farmers, retailers, and shoppers have been loyal partners and have kept us growing day by day. We are truly thankful for you all.

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Farmers: Thank you for nurturing and harvesting

quality beans. Our simply delicious beans start with you.

Retailers: Thank you for providing the opportunity for our

beans to be available all over the USA in local neighborhood stores.

Shoppers: Thank you for responding to the simple goodness of our beans and coming back for more.


Cheers to everyone who has supported 13 Foods grow over this past year!


Let’s get cooking!


Need to bake a pie for Thanksgiving?

Create this delicious Fudgy Pecan Pie. Use 13 Foods Pardina! Lentils and save 30 minutes. No soaking, boiling, or draining!

Fudgy Pecan Pie

Friends, I find delight when I run into them as I go about my everyday life; they turn a mundane chore like shopping into a highlight of my day. Knowing this about myself, I’d like to give a big kudos to my new friends at the Main & Vine grocery store in Gig Harbor, Washington. They have created a store environment to support and promote hospitable friendliness- sure to be the highlight of your day too!

mainvine-jazzMain & Vine store invited 13 Foods to present our frozen beans products to shoppers. I gave tastes, I gave answers, I gave recipes and I made friends too. I gave directions to the frozen cases where our, first of their kind, ready-to-use frozen beans could be found. Patrons were eager to find out about where their food came from. They valued our quality and appreciated that our beans were harvested locally, processed without additives, and were easy peasy to prepare!

I observed shoppers as they entered the store’s welcoming, open format store experience. My toe tapped alongside theirs as they soaked in the beat from the live Jazz ensemble assembled near the café. The Main & Vine’s coffee and hot beverage bar, well stocked deli, and bakery were all placed for easy access and adjacent to tables for a meet and greet, quick bite, or leisurely gathering. Neighbors came for coffee and then shopped for items they needed from their lists. Patrons came for soup & a sandwich and planned their weekend meals. Friends came for supper and then explored all that was new and exciting throughout the store’s creatively merchandised departments. Everyone was relaxed. Time was theirs.  The store was their playful adventure. Grocery shopping as it should be…neighborly!

– Linda, VP of 13

flagToday, we give the biggest and proudest salute to all Veterans and their families within our great country. 13 Foods has been blessed with our very own veteran, Martin Anderson. People are placed in our lives for a reason. The 13 Foods Bean Team is very thankful to have him working by our side each and every day.

Our Veterans placed their lives on hold, or even sacrificed their lives, for our freedom and protection. We will never forget all the sacrifice that they have given our country. Today, we ask you to say thank you to all the Veterans in your life and reflect on how we have been blessed with such a privileged life that was, and still is, being protected at home and fought for on foreign battle fields.

THANK YOU, Martin, and THANK YOU to all the veterans that we at 13 Foods have had the distinct pleasure to call friend, family, and loved one!


Mike, 13 Foods Founder; Martin, Veteran & Company Member; Donald, Grandfather

Today is the first of November. The countdown begins to holiday extravaganza time in the USA. Who doesn’t love holidays?! Food, decorations, party hosting, family and friends.

As these holidays arrive, many are trying to escape from the unhealthy, sweet treat tables at parties. But what if there is a way to celebrate while being health mindful?  Would you RSVP “yes” this year? Or even host your own party?

This year is the year.  It’s time for you to surprise your guests with delightfully delish sweet treats without being unhealthy. Everywhere you look, there are new recipe alternatives. These “healthy” options are just as delicious as that Caramel Apple Pie you brought in the past. And oh, so simple. Substitute frozen beans into your favorite recipe. Or create the flavor you are craving in a new way with frozen beans!

Check out these new fancy solutions to unhealthy dips…that’s right hummus dips! They’re healthy with protein and fiber. Indulge your sweet tooth with these delicious healthy holiday dips! Simply pair them with apples, graham crackers, pitas, pretzels, or any scoop-able handheld treat.

Pumpkin Pie Hummus


Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

  • 1 cup 13 Foods Kabuli! Chickpeas – thaw using bag instructions
  • ½ cup Pumpkin Pie Mix, canned
  • ½ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Cardamom

Fudgy Hummus


Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

  • 1 cup 13 Foods Kabuli! Chickpeas – thaw using bag instructions
  • ½ cup Nutella
  • 1 tbsp Tahina
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil

Gingersnap Hummus


Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

  • 1 cup 13 Foods Kabuli! Chickpeas – thaw using bag instructions
  • 4 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Molasses
  • 2 tsp Apple Cider Juice – add until consistency is smooth
  • Pure Maple Syrup to taste

Apple Pie Hummus


  • 1 cup 13 Foods Kabuli! Chickpeas – thaw using bag instructions
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Juice – add until consistency is smooth
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • Salt to taste