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“Refried” Beans

Monday, March 08, 2010

I previously posted a link to the recipe for “refried” beans, ( allrecipes.com/Recipe/Re
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) but I wanted to bring them up again so I could post some pictures.

Both times we have made them they haven’t quite turned out the way we like, but I think the third time will be the charm. The first time they came out WAY too oniony and way too salty even though I halved the amount of salt the recipe called for. This time we put in half as much onion and zero salt. The next time we make it, I guess we’ll try quartering the amount of salt the recipe calls for and using 3/4 of an onion. That should fix any of the taste issues.

We dumped everything into the slow cooker after lining it thanks to the great suggestion of a friend. Slow cooker liners rock! The clean up was fantastically easy.



After being patient for eight hours and having a house smell wonderfully (lol) of beans, it doesn’t quite look appealing before you blend it...



...or after you blend it.



But for about one calorie per gram, it’s pretty good. I had 200 grams which was about 215 calories and almost one cup.

I added some of the beans, greek yogurt and green onion to a whole wheat tortilla to make a burrito.



I also made a “taco salad.”



Instead of a shell, I put the lettuce, beans, greek yogurt and green onion in a bowl and ate it with a few tortilla chips on the side. That way I still feel like I’m getting to eat something crunchy with it. I place a forkful on top of a chip and chow down.



I got these cute little condiment cups to put mustard in when I’m having potato wedges, so I decided to use one and have a bit of salsa on the side.



The chips were good! We tried a new kind that we found at Target. They were on a massive sale, didn’t have any weird ingredients, and seemed to fit with the meal.



The meal tasted good, but was definitely lacking in the veggies department. I usually have either a large salad with dinner or a side of steamed veggies. I couldn’t figure out which ones would be good with this, so I ended up skipping it. But then I wasn’t feeling satisfied at all. I definitely need to add something!

I don’t know if we’ll do this again, it wasn’t too high in calories, but it was higher than our usual dinners and like I said, not really filling! I don’t like extra textures in my burritos or taco salads, so I wasn’t going to add any more veggies to those items. But, on the side, I probably could.

Do you do any sort of taco night at your house? What do you eat with it?
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TINK9305 3/8/2010 6:06PM

    Ohhhh I'm hungry now. Tonight I'm going to try a flatbread type thing (got it from sprouts) with veggies and some cheese. Kinda like a thin crust pizza. Just wish I had some feta, but that's ok :o)

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JUDITH1654 3/8/2010 3:26PM

    Having worked at Target for five years, I can verify that Archer Farm's is an awesome brand and usually very good!

I love their frozen pizza! The BBQ chicken, on thin crust, is only 520 calories for half the pizza.

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4DOGNIGHT 3/8/2010 2:19PM

    Thanks for the recipe! I love refried beans and this sounds so easy! you could add more veggies like shredded carrots into it and when pureed, you wouldn't know it had them. Also, black beans too. I cooked some beans this weekend and frozen some. Thanks.

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GOODBYEHORSES 3/8/2010 2:06PM

    It looks delicious! I'll have to try this one.
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