Thursday, January 9, 2014

Healthy Refried Beans


Creating delicious, creamy, and healthy refried beans 
begins with this first step: cooking beans from scratch. Yes, 
it takes a little bit more time and effort. However, the
result of using the highest quality and freshest cooked beans
possible is savory beyond compare. An option is to purchase
fresh cooked whole beans from a mexican restaurant. Ask for
'frijoles del olla' or 'frijoles enteros'. 

Check out my know how blog for making fresh cooked beans:

1. Heat 1-2 Tablespoons of Coconut or Olive Oil in a skillet. 
Minced garlic or onion can be added to the oil if desired. 
2. Add 1-2 cups whole beans, adding just enough of their 
broth so beans don't get dry, over medium heat.
3. Mash the beans with a bean masher kitchen tool OR use the bottom of a wide mouthed coffee cup or jar to mash the beans. I find the latter method easier and faster. 
Adjust thickness by adding more broth or whole beans as needed. Additional salt and seasonings can also be added at this time. Take off heat and serve.

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