Crockpot Refried Black Beans

I love Mexican food. I have been trying to re-create my favorite Mexican restaurants bean and rice burritos, I gave up. Nothing tastes like the real thing. So I have a healthier version and it starts with these refried black beans. I was incredibly intimidated to make refried beans, period. However, learning a basic recipe and tweaking it our taste buds, has been so simple!

Ingredients: 

  • 16 Ounces of dry black beans
  • 6 cups of Water
  • 1/4 cup dried onion
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon onion powder

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Montery Jack Cheese, grated
  • Cilantro/Pico De Gallo to garnish
  • Cooking Spray

Utensils: 

  • 5-6 Quart Crockpot/Slow Cooker
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing spoon
  • Large fork or potato masher
  • Hand held mixer

Instructions:

  1. Rinse beans in cool water, remove debris if needed
  2. Spray Crockpot with cooking spray if desired.
  3. Place beans in Crockpot.
  4. Add remaining ingredients
  5. Set it and forget it; I recommend 5 hours on high.           wp-1488428982788.jpg
  6. Turn Crockpot on low/warm
  7. Start mashing beans with masher or large fork
  8. Using hand held mixer, mix beans for about 6 minutes on slow-medium power.
  9. Stir together; Keep warm in Crockpot or serve immediately topped with cheese.

These make a great meal or a wonderful side to any Mexican dish. I love to eat beans with Mexican rice, wrapped in a tortilla! They are delicious, simple to make and so good for you!

Easy Teriyaki Beef & Pineapple

Simple Dinner

I love easy go to meals during the week. We are busy with school, activities, homework, chores and so many other things during the week, having something to whip up quickly is a must in our house.

This meal reminds me of visiting my dad, he lives in Hawaii, so when I would visit as a kid he would grill teriyaki beef and it was always so delicious. With this meal I have added grilled pineapple and onions to add some “Hawaiian” flavors.

This recipe can be made inside on a grill pan or you can grill it outside on your BBQ. The choice is yours. I did mine inside, due to the time crunch we were on to get dinner on the plate!

Ingredients: 

1 Pound Thinly sliced beef (Not paper thin but not the size of a flat iron steak. 1/4 inch is perfect), cut either into strips or bit size pieces (whichever you prefer)

1 Can of pineapple rings/chunks (whichever you prefer to eat, however if grilling outside, rings or sliced pineapple wedges will be best)

1 Bottle (12-16 ounces) Of your favorite Teriyaki Sauce. (Huli Huli Sauce is delicious IF you can find it at your local grocer, if not Soy Vay and Kikkoman are my go to)

1/2 White Onion thinly sliced to grill with

Directions: 

1.) Marinate meat, at least 1 hour in your favorite teriyaki sauce

2.) Take meat out of the fridge at least 20 minutes before grilling. Let is come to room temperature/get the chill off.

3.) Prepare grill pan or grill while meat is getting the chill off of it. By this I mean, if you are using a grill pan indoors then you will need to make sure it is lightly coated in olive oil and HOT, so that your meat has the “char marks”. IF you are going to grill outside on your BBQ grill, then prepare your coals or turn on the gas. Like i mentioned before, I prepared this meal for my family in doors, since it was middle of the week and we were running late.

4.) Place your meat on the grill. Do not move it right away, or else you won’t have the char marks we all desire when eating “Grilled” meat.

5.) Flip meat after 3-4 minutes, add pineapple chunks and onions.

6.) Once your meat is cooked thoroughly (5-7 minutes total) and the fruit & veggies have a bit of char, your meal is ready to be served.

I serve this over a bed of rice. You can use minute rice on the stove to make this a quick no fuss meal. You could also serve this on kabobs for a cookout! Your choice, just keep it simple!

 

Quick Skillet Pizza

I love pizza. Seriously, it is an obsession of mine. I shouldn’t eat it, because of the dairy….but I never turn down a slice! This recipe is super simple, using pre made dough and you can get so creative with the toppings here! Go outta the box, try something new!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of Pizza dough, (I use the pre made dough from our local grocery store, you can also ask your local pizzeria!)
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Your favorite toppings, I use spinach, red peppers and onions
  • Grated parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon of flour

Utensils:

  • 10 or 12 inch Cast Iron Skillet
  • Spoon to add sauce
  • Pizza Cutter
  • Pot holders

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 500 •
  2. Oil your skillet lightly
  3. Dust your pizza dough with that small bit of flour, use rest on counter place pizza dough on. Start to roll out with your hands.
  4. Stretch out your premade pizza dough over the skillet, press down into skillet
  5. Place skillet filled with pizza dough on stove top, medium heat
  6. Add your pizza sauce and toppings
  7. Let pizza cook for around 3-4 minutes on medium heat on top of stove.
  8. Turn off stove, place whole pizza in the skillet (with toppings) into the oven.
  9. Bake pizza in oven, at 500, for 7 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  10. Remove from oven, with pot holders. Let pizza rest for 2 minutes before removing from the pan.
  11. Top with parmesan cheese and peppers if desired. Enjoy!