Slow Cooker Refried Beans

IMG_7887Raise your hand if you’re a refried bean lover!!  Mine is raised, see it, see it???

I just blogged about the whole wheat taco shells that I made from 100 Days of Real Food.  I got this recipe from the same site.   When I saw how easy it was to make these beans, I was at the store that day and made these the following day.

Super easy.  Who would have known!  Well not me.  I made a huge batch the second time around and I have a bag in the freezer.  I eat this for lunch and with my tacos!!

You simply pour the ingredients in the slow cooker and mix every so often… Mash after about 8 hours and here you have the best refried beans without the additives that you get for a can.

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I’ll admit the first time I made these, I was a bit impatient.  I wanted them done so I could eat them for dinner that night.  I drained them a bit too early and some of the beans weren’t as tender as they should have been. SO, I did wait this week the 8 hours and they turned out great.

I highly, highly recommend making these if you are a bean lover.  Great source of fiber, easy to make, and you know what you’re eating.

Slow Cooker Refried Beans
Recipe Type: Refried Beans
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed
  • ½ fresh jalapeno or other hot pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • One big pinch of cumin
  • 6 cups water
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 8 hours or overnight while you are sleeping.
  3. Remove the bigger onion chunks and drain the excess liquid. If desired, save the excess liquid to add back to the final product to get the optimal consistency (i.e. not too dry).
  4. Mash remaining beans with a potato masher and voila! You have homemade refried beans.

Give them a try and see how you like it.  I love cooking and I love making my own food.  It’s scary to see some of the things that we are using these days.  And don’t get me wrong, I do still use some things that aren’t made from scratch, but I’m very cautiously reading the labels.  If it’s too much for me to understand, I put it back!!!!

Try these and let me know what you think!!!

Enjoy

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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100 Days of Real Food

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It’s never too early to get a head start on what’s important in our daily lives…FOOD!!

Happy Tuesday!  Have a great rest of the week.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Creamy Corn Casserole

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We love this side dish. I made it for Easter this year. And that’s where you get the eggs and the basket in the pix. BUT, I’ve made this twice this week so far!! If you use fat free sour cream, you feel a little less guilty! In my thinking, if you find something a a guilty pleasure, then it sure could be this!!!

Creamy Corn Casserole
Recipe Type: Side Dish
Author: Two Girls Cooking
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour 5 mins
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 (8.5 ounce) package dry corn bread mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (14.75 ounce) can creamed corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and lightly grease a 9×9 inch baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine butter, eggs, corn bread mix, whole and creamed corn and sour cream. Spoon mixture into prepared dish.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden brown.

 

Better late than never!!!

Two Girls Cooking – Patricia

Veggie Nuggets

Here’s an easy way to hide the green veggie from your kids (and the adult as well).  Spinach is the green veggie I’m hiding today.

When I saw recipe I knew I had to make it.  I knew it couldn’t be a main course for dinner so I made a glazed ham on along with it.

When I was growing up, my grandma used to make home made mashed potatoes.  She always left the chunks in it.  I remember that wasn’t one of my favorites.  In fact, I almost always buy the pre-made mashed potatoes for that reason.  But lately I’ve been slicing the potatoes and mashing them up myself.  I even left some of the chunks in there and it’s really been ok.

I have a feeling she’s smiling down right now after seeing what I just wrote about her!  And that’s a good thing!

These little Veggie Nuggets were simple to make.

Heat oven to 450 degrees

For the mashed potatoes:

I used 4-5 medium sized red potatoes

1 cup of fat free sour cream

1tsp garlic salt

Directions for the potatoes:

In a medium pot place the sliced potatoes with enough water to cover and bring to a boil.  When the potatoes are tender – about 10-12 minutes, drain and return to pot.

Add the sour cream and garlic salt and mash together.

For the Veggie Nuggets:

Cooking Spray

1 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs

3 cups of smashed potatoes

2/3 cup of cooked or frozen and thawed spinach, chopped

black pepper to taste

Directions for Veggie Nuggets:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray; set aside.

On a plate, add the bread crumbs and set aside as well.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the potatoes and the spinach and season with salt and pepper.  Form bite sized nuggets out of the mixture and roll in bread crumbs.  Transfer the nuggets to the baking sheet and spray lightly with more cooking spray.  Bake until lightly browned and the nuggets are hot.

Serve immediately with any sauce.  We used Ranch Dressing.

For the Ham:

I had a small, pre-sliced ham and placed it in a 9×9 baking dish, sprayed with cooking spray.  Poured some brown sugar and half a can of Sierra Mist over the ham and bake of 20-25 minutes.

I got a thumbs up from Brooklyn, a thumbs down from Caleb and a “what’s in this” from Craig.  I told him it was spinach.  He ate it because I made it, but I’m not so sure it was a fav for him!

Brooklyn and I will eat these again.  I think they were great.  These would be a good appetizer as well.

Have a great rest of the week.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Potato Salad

I made this potato salad for Easter and just didn’t get to post it!  I know, falling behind on blogging!

I was so not in the mood to boil the potatoes, cut them up ……so I took the easy way out on this one.  However, you still need to make sure you cook the potatoes  long enough (I didn’t and they were a bit to hard still).

This is a simple recipe, quick to make and it did have great flavor to it.
2 packages Simply Potatoes® Diced Potatoes with Onion
1/2 cup water
2 cups mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4 cup yellow mustard
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups chopped celery
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled, chopped

And all you need to do is:

1. In 2 1/2 quart microwave-safe casserole dish* combine Simply Potatoes and water. Cover; microwave on HIGH 10 to 12 minutes or until Simply Potatoes are tender. Drain water.

2. Meanwhile in large bowl whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper until smooth. Add cooked potatoes, celery, red pepper and chopped eggs. Stir gently. Refrigerate 1 hour to blend flavors.

Tips: To prepare hard boiled eggs, place eggs in 3 quart saucepan. Cover eggs with cold water. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 15 minutes; drain water. Add cold water to saucepan. Let stand 5 minutes. Drain; peel and chop eggs.

* A 9-inch square baking dish can be used for a 2 1/2 quart casserole baking dish.

(I tried to boil my eggs like this and it didn’t work for me.  I did have to get more eggs and start over by just boiling the water with the eggs in it.  But if it works for you, great).

Happy Weekend

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking.

Mixed Greens w/grapes and blue cheese crumbles

This is a salad I also made for Easter dinner.

I was asked to bring a salad for dinner, I knew I wanted to try something new and different.  And I can honestly say that this salad was really good.

The grapes and blue cheese crumbles along with the red cabbage added was a nice touch!  I’d eat this for lunch any

day.

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what you need:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
8 cups mesclun salad greens (5 ounces)
1 head radicchio, thinly sliced
2 cups halved seedless grapes (about 1 pound), preferably red and green
3/4 cup crumbled feta or blue cheese

Directions
1. To prepare dressing: Whisk (or shake) oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl (or jar) until blended.
2. To prepare salad: Just before serving, toss greens and radicchio in a large bowl. Drizzle the dressing on top and toss to coat. Divide the salad among 8 plates. Scatter grapes and cheese over each salad; serve immediately.

Instead of making the salad dressing, I bought some Red Wine and also some Balsamic vinegar dressing.  I loved the Red Wine dressing..

Enjoy.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

Quick Refrigerator Pickles

I love dill pickles, they’re perfect for when I crave just a little something salty and crunchy. I keep finding new recipes I swear I’m going to try, but there’s one recipe I keep coming back to. These are not the sweet variety I always thought of when I heard “refrigerator pickles”, I’m not a big fan of the sweet ones. These are very fresh and fairly mild tasting and have a crisp crunch. They are also the easiest to make; since they stay in the fridge they don’t need to process in boiling water. This recipe is great for small batches – which has been how I’ve done most of my canning so far. I tried my hand at growing my own pickling cucumbers and dill this year, and so every week or so I find myself with just enough to pick and make 3-4 quart jars. These can be eaten after just a few days, but have better flavor if you can wait a week or two (I’m not great at waiting!). They will keep in the fridge for about 2 months, and the flavor will continue to develop as they sit.

You’ll need:

1 gallon of pickling cucumbers (for 4 quarts)

1 cup white vinegar

8 cups water

1/4 cup pickling salt

For each quart jar:

1 dill head

1 clove garlic

1/2 tbsp mixed pickling spices

1/2 bay leaf

Combine the vinegar, water and pickling salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and set aside to cool.

Place the dill, garlic, pickling spices and bay leaves in each jar. Fill the jar with cucumbers, cut in halves or quarters if they are large.

When the vinegar solution has cooled, pour it over the cucumbers and refrigerate.

This is my go to recipe when I want to use up what came out of my garden, but don’t want to be canning all night. Now I have a whole shelf full in the fridge, looks like it’s time to share!

– Jodi