Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tasty Refried Black Beans and Happy Healthy 2014

Love is having our children come for the holidays!

Love being grandparents!

We have enjoyed a nice holiday break. I hope you have enjoyed being around family and friends too. We rejoice in celebrating Jesus Christ's birth. However your family celebrates the season I hope it was a happy one. Grandchildren help the season come alive for all of us. We loved having our children come home for the holidays too. We missed having Bryce and Katie here this year.

Yesterday, we enjoyed thinking about what might happen in the year ahead. We made some fun predictions.  It is fun to have new energy and excitement for a new year. We had a fun family gathering yesterday and enjoyed one of our favorite kinds of food. Mexican! It was a great way to start out the new year. Yum! I will give you the Mexican Rice recipe tomorrow. :) I also made this Oatmeal Cake recipe for an evening snack and it was gobbled up. I fell in love with it all over again.

I made these re fried black beans and they were a big hit. I had never made them like this before. I will be making them like this again. This is also a yummy way to make black beans that I did last year. One of my goals this year is continue to make recipes that are healthy and delicious.

Happy Healthy 2014!

Re fried Black Beans
2 T olive oil
1 chopped onion
4-5 cloves minced garlic
5 C cooked black beans, drained * Great way to make black beans.
1 1/2 C water
1 can diced green chilies
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder

1. In a skillet or big pot heat up the oil on med heat. Stir in the onion and garlic and let it cook for 3-5 minutes until it is lightly browned.
2. Pour in the drained black beans and stir around and let them all cook together 2-3 minutes. Stir in the water. Mash the beans. Don't mash them all so there is some texture to them.
3. Pour in the green chilies, salt, cumin and chili powder. Stir them all together. Let them heat up together and let the flavors meld together on low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.    

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