May 18 2016
May 09 2016
Start by making Refried Beans , then fill a tortilla as pictured above, folding it so the ingredients are tightly wrapped inside. A 10-inch tortilla works best.
Cooking beans with onion and garlic makes them very flavorful, the name sounds as if they are very high in fat but they are not. Once prepared use as the filling for bean burritos or the base of a bean taco.
Prep Time 10 minutes Total Cook Time 20 to 25 minutes
Makes 8- ½ cup portions
2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
1 large onion, about 1 cup chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/ 2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
3 tablespoons tomato paste
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 - 15 ounce cans beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup water
- In a large saucepan heat oil add onions, garlic, cumin, and chili powder. Cook 5-8 minutes until onion is soft. Stir in tomato paste, salt and pepper, drained beans and 1 cup of water. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasional until the water cooks away and the beans are thick about 10 to 15 minutes Taste and add more salt, pepper or chili powder. Serve warm.
Total cook time 5 minutes, not including making re-fried beans.
Makes 10 burritos
1 can ( 16 ounce) re-fried beans or re-fried beans from recipe above
8 -10 inch flour tortillas, preferably whole wheat
2 cups shredded cheese
1 cup salsa
- Make the re-fried bean recipe above or heat canned or cold re-fried beans in a microwave safe dish 1-2 minutes until hot.
- Heat tortillas according to package or place in a stack on an oven-safe dish with a cover and microwave on high one minute; keep covered until ready to use.
- Place an equal amount of re-fried beans about 1/3 cup on one side of each warm tortilla, top with ¼ cup cheese and 1-2 tablespoons salsa, fold in half or roll tightly and eat right away .
To freeze: wrap each prepared tortilla in plastic and freeze until ready to reheat.
To reheat: remove from plastic, place on microwave safe dish and heat 60 to 90 seconds on high. In conventional oven: preheat to 350 degrees remove from plastic wrap, wrap in aluminum foil, bake 30 minutes, open foil wrap and bake 10 minutes more until crisp.
Variation, add 1-2 tablespoons cooked corn or cooked brown rice or some of each to bean mixture before wrapping burrito.
Dec 30 2015
Wash a whole apple, slice 1/2 inch off the top and 1/4 inch from the bottom, as pictured below, this will keep it sitting up right when baked. Using a spoon or tip of a knife remove the core and all the seeds but do not pierce the other side.
Mix together a teaspoon of brown sugar, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a teaspoon of butter to make a crumbly dough. Stuff the dough into the hole where the core once was. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Enjoy warm with a little cream on top.
Oct 05 2015
Homemade catsup is a recipe I am experimenting with for a cooking project to do with kids. The recipe is delicious, not exactly health food but when you make it at home you add exactly what you want, and skip the high fructose corn syrup. I used brown sugar and honey instead of white sugar. Once I perfect the recipe I will post it to share.
Jul 10 2015
Those who eat meals away from home will find it easy to consume a whole days worth of calories in one meal, an appetizer alone can carry 1,000 calories. It is estimated 16% of men and 13% of women between the ages of 20 to 39 eat pizza every day A deep dish pizza with chicken, cheese, bacon and ranch dressing can carry 2,160 calories, the Center For Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) estimates it would take 5-1/2 hours of non stop cycling to erase that meal.
Most Americans report cooking an average of five dinners each week. Not surprisingly, households with children are more likely to make meals at home but the lower the household income and education the greater likelihood individuals do not cook at home, wealthier more educated households cooked at home more often, and households with foreign born family members cooked at home more often too.
In general, meals prepared in the home will include more vegetables and be better “balanced” than meals eaten away from home. To make home cooking happen more often, keep staples in the house for quick easy meals. Frozen chicken, fish or turkey can be thawed and grilled, baked or roasted while vegetables cook and a salad is made.