Slow Cooker Beans for the Freezer aka Refried Beans without the Refry

I have heard about the beans for years.  Yes, years!  And I can’t believe I had never tried them.  I first heard about them on the Sonlight forums, where they were made famous by Bethany of For the Love of Grub.

Bethany loves these beans and makes them often and tells the rest of us that we need to be making them.  Everyone who has tried them raves about them.

Do I take the hint and give them a try?  No, I wait 5 or 7 years before it finally hits me that I need to see what the fuss is about.  I mean, it’s just beans, right? They can’t be that much better than canned, right?

Call me a crazy bean lover!  These things are fabulous!

They aren’t spicy, and yet they’re flavorful.  They make a quick dinner, can be mashed or left whole and they’re great for stocking your freezer.

Bethany gives a lot of variations on her blog, but this is how I made them:  [Read more…]

Bean and Bacon Soup – Ready in 10 Minutes

This soup is really just assembly only, as long as you’ve got the bacon and onions in the freezer. It’s a good one to keep in mind for those nights when you really don’t have time to cook, but everyone needs to be fed.

The bacon, onion and tomatoes add a lot of flavor to the beans.  It reminds me of the flavor of Italian Sausage and Bean Soup.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

bean and cheese enchiladas done2

Please forgive my photo.  I didn’t take the time to plate this before taking the pictures, so you get to see the serving dish and even the cheesy spatula.

I made these for a quick and easy weeknight dinner after scrounging my pantry and fridge for ingredients to pull together a meal.  We all really liked them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Refried Beans

My husband said these are the best refried beans he’s ever eaten.  I agree.  So good and easy, and much, much better than the kind that come from a can.  The recipe comes from Bethany’s blog, For the Love of Grub.  She says she found the recipe in a Pillsbury cookbook.  I made a few minor changes, but it’s still quick and easy.  I’ve made them twice already.  They’re a new favorite for us. [Read more…]

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