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Barb’s Refried Beans

My husband just loves refried beans. And of course, it makes me happy to make what he loves, but some of those recipes … man, they are just too full of fat, and too time consuming for me! So here is my own simple, light version. I can’t say that I love refried beans, but I really like these. Most importantly, he loves them!

Barb’s Refried Beans

1 1 lb bag of dried pinto beans (if you don’t want to start from scratch, just buy cans and rinse the beans well!)

2 T olive oil

6 cloves garlic

1 1/2 T each: cumin and chili powder

Salt to taste

A few sprinklings of crushed red pepper, depending on spicy you like food

2 T lime juice

Place the dried beans in a large dish (not metal), cover with water, put lid on and let them soak overnight.

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The next morning, pour beans and liquid in a pot, add a bit of water and bring to a boil then let simmer until the pinto beans are somewhat soft but not mushy, about 40 minutes.

Drain the beans.

Rinse pot, then heat 2 T of olive oil in it. Add garlic cloves and cook until brown and a bit soft. I then smash them with my wooden spoon. Add the beans (6 cups), chili and cumin powder, salt and crushed pepper. Let everything cook together 5-7 minutes, adding water if the mixture gets too sticky.

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Turn heat off and mash until somewhat mashed but leave some texture. Add the lime juice and stir. You are done! Easy, right?

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I love avocados. It’s that simple. So it was pretty much expected that when I went to Mexico, I fell in love with guacamole. I went home and tried to make my own.I could hardly believe how easy this was!

This is the result. Maybe not as perfect as theirs, but pretty good if I do say so myself!

2 ripe Hass avocados

3 cloves garlic

Garlic powder to taste

2 sprigs Cilantro

2 drops Cilantro Essential Oil

Salt and pepper to taste

a few pinches of crushed cayenne pepper

1 pint grape tomatoes

2 T lemon juice

1. Place peeled garlic cloves, lemon juice, crushed cayenne pepper, cilantro and peeled avocados in food processor. Process until well blended but still a bit chunky.

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2.In a bowl, chop the grape tomatoes.

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3.Add the avocado mixture. Taste. Add salt, garlic powder and black pepper to taste. Enjoy!

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