type='text/javascript'/> A Latte Talk: Cheap, healthy, yummy,easy, fabulous meal. With a side of Taz.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Cheap, healthy, yummy,easy, fabulous meal. With a side of Taz.

I guess I'm getting back into cooking. Summertime - grilling, fresh produce, all of that just wakes up my tastebuds.

So, I'm sharing one of my "repeatable" meals that I am really excited about.

Step 1. Start with this refried bean recipe. It is WAY cheap AND easy AND healthy AND yummy. All of which are excellent reasons to make it.

Disclaimer: If you make the recipe, please do not put in 5 tsp of salt, as the recipe states. Then you will proclaim them a disaster and never come back to A Latte Talk for recipes again. I would say half that amount of salt would be plenty. Maybe 3 tsp.

Step 2. Make Bean Burritos from them. Doesn't get much more basic than that. Hardly even a recipe, really. Take a tortilla, glop some beans on, sprinkle with cheese, wrap up. Voila.

You can buy 2 pounds of pinto beans (2x as much as you need for the recipe) at Aldi for 1.29. Just one of these recipes stretches over several meals, even for a family. The beans also freeze great, OR my favorite thing to do is take the leftovers, make more burritos with them, and individually wrap each burrito in tinfoil (if you like to reheat in the oven) or saran-wrap (if you like to reheat in the microwave). Then you can take them out later and just reheat and serve!

The last time I made these, I made mango salsa to go with them. Here's my recipe:

1-2 mangos, diced
6 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
purple onion (to taste - I love it, so I put a lot), diced
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and minced (optional - we usually skip)
lots of cilantro
lime juice (about 1/4 of a lime)
salt to taste

As I was finishing up the burritos, Taz snuck in the kitchen and proclaimed the salsa to be edible.





Annika said...

The salsa sounds yummy! That is how I make our refried beans. I do an entire XL crock-pot full and freeze the extra. The beans freeze great.

tiffany said...

I've been looking for a mango salsa recipe....i think i've found it thanks to you! rock on!!! i've been way into mangoes lately. i buy the frozen ones from trader joes and suck on them when i have a sore throat (allergies...ugh) or put them in smoothies. mmmmmmmm

Jenna said...

I LOVE him. And thanks for the recipes. I've never made beans in a crock pot and it's like the good Lord is telling me to do it, because this is the THIRD time this has been recommended.

Dawn S. said...

I know that face - that is "delicious" mixed with "kissing up"!! hahaha!

Paul said...

The "busted" picture is my favorite. Wow, you would be in heaven here (well, almost) we have all those ingredients REALLY fresh.....like, we have mangos growing in our yard. Hate to admit this but I'm having to acquire the taste for them. But you are an amazing cook, and I'll have to try your recipes. I'm certain it would make Paul happy.

Monica said...

Sounds delightful. I will have to give it a try.

Jhon said...

WOW!... It sound like delightful. I i'll try it. He is so cute kid

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