Every time I hear the word “beans,” I giggle.
I’m like a five year old with that word. My mother, my aunt Rozzie and my cousin Dana and I went to The Pritikin institute in Venice, California when I was in my 20s.They were super big on beans and raw veggies, and I am pretty sure the whole laughter thing started then. Dana hated it so much—feeling like she was in an institution (which she was), so she escaped after two days. I, on the other hand, I felt like I was in heaven, imprisoned in “health camp.” So I stayed the whole week, thus bringing the median age of the entire camp down to 65.
The activities for the week included: “how to use a treadmill,” step class, “how to eliminate salt from your diet”, “why carrot sticks are the best snack” and other fun things to do and learn.
There was a cooking class every day, which was kind of fun if you can call learning to cook with beans in every way possible fun. The recipe that stands out most in my mind was the “un-refried beans.” It was the most clever interpretation of beans I have ever seen. I would love to take full credit for this recipe, but am pretty much re-interpreting the Pritikin chef’s recipe. I kept in my back pocket for a future Cinco de Mayo un-refried Bean Dip!
It’s difficult to replicate a refried bean without frying it. Refried beans are pretty nasty when you break them down, so if, in fact, you are going to try,please . . . I’m begging you . . . try my version. It will save you time, energy, and more calories than you can even imagine. Happy Cinco-de-Mayo and don’t forget the tequila!
The cleanest un-refried beans you will ever have:
Cinco de Mayo un-Refried Bean Dip
1 can (bpa free) organic black beans (I prefer Eden Foods)
1 16oz jar organic salsa
Put in a blender and blend
Voila! Heat and serve!
1 package Ezekiel Tortillas
Brush tortillas with coconut oil
Cut in 8ths (in triangles)
Toast on a cookie sheet in a 35o° oven for about 10 minutes or until toasty brown
I would LOVE to hear what your favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes are… PLEASE let me know in the comments below!