I went from eating a peanut butter sandwich everyday for lunch for about the last year or so, to eating refried bean burritos. Once I stopped eating PB sandwiches for lunch, I saw our food budget increase because we were going through so many tortillas, cheese, and canned refried and pinto beans. So, I decided to give a shot at making homemade refried beans and homeade tortillas. The results: AMAZING! CHEAP! EASY!
Fool Proof Fat Free Refried Beans:
Dry pinto beans
Spices (from largest amount to smallest amount): Cumin, Chili Powder, Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika (measure according to your tastes. Add green chiles, lime, or cilantro if you have it!)
If you eat a lot of beans (great source of protein, iron, antioxidants, carbs, fiber) like we do, I would highly recommend buying a pressure cooker because it will cut your work by at least 50%. If you have a pressure cooker,cook beans according to manufacturer's recommendations. If you don't have a pressure cooker then follow the package directions. I recommend using at least half the bag. The beans are done when their skins are starting to split. Next, you need to dump out about 95% of the leftover water into a separate container. Then, add the spices to your taste and depending on how many beans you cooked. Lastly, mash the beans with a potato masher until you reach the consistency you prefer. If your beans are getting to sticky, then add more of the reserved water. Store in the fridge for about a week, or in the freezer for a few months. If after being stored in the fridge, they got too thick and sticky, then just stir some warm water into the beans.
Then I thought I'd give a shot at homemade tortillas. I don't know why I keep being surprised at this, but once again, but homemade tastes way better than store-bought and I don't think I'm ever going back.
Homemade Tortillas (adapted from Jenny Jones):
1-3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup warm water
So, that's my story of how I went from eating a peanut butter sandwich everyday to homemade bean burritos with homemade tortillas. The total work time to make 12 tortillas and 8-10 servings of refried beans was about a half hour. And, it's cheaper and healthier. I don't even miss PB sandwiches anymore; but I still miss Snicker's bars, peanut m&m's, and peanut butter cookies a lot. :)
|Today's (and the rest of the week's) lunch: bean tacos with sour cream and leftover salad!|