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Refried Beans

Tonight for dinner we had refried beans and rice, and I went to some trouble to work out the Weight Watchers points for this very satisfying meal. It’s one thing to figure out how to make myself a measured portion, but I’ve been sort of enjoying working out how to cook something for everyone and know what my portion ought to be.

Refried Beans for 5 or so

2 cans (16 oz. each) Fat Free Vegetarian Refried Beans (I used Bearitos)
1/2 jar (8 oz.) chunky Fat Free Salsa (I used Newman’s Own Medium All Natural Chunky Salsa)
1 onion, chopped
2 and 1/3 cups frozen corn kernels
7 tsp. (that’s 2 tbsps + 1 tsp) oil (the healthy ones re: Weight Watchers; I used olive because we have it, but sunflower would have been great)
Chili powder (to taste)
Garlic powder (to taste)

Saute the onion in the  oil until wilted, then add the frozen corn, seasoning as desired. Add the salsa, then the beans, and heat through.

A scant cup will be 3 points (I know, unreal, isn’t it? But beans are chock-a-block with fiber, don’t you know.)

Serve over rice (2 points for a half cup).

I offered both regular cheese for skinny teenagers and 50% Cheddar for me (2 tbsps for 1 point)

That’s a 6 point dinner, friends.

I had a big salad alongside and used my other teaspoon of healthy oil on that along with a few spritzes of Caesar flavored Salad Spritzer (flavorful in a slightly elusive way).

13 thoughts on “Refried Beans”

  1. That sounds delicious!! I love those fat free refried beans. For me, I would just add some cumin for more of a southwest flavor. What would the difference be if you served it on a whole wheat, fat free tortilla?

  2. Although I must say that I buy my salsa in half-gallon jugs. I just use that much of it. And, I use Pace. Because I am NOT from New York City!
    Hey, it’s free! On WW anyway. 🙂

  3. Good for you for figuring out a meal that works for everyone. I think that’s often the biggest problem for people trying to eat better — when they have to cook for people who either don’t need to or don’t care to. Glad to see you back to blogging, and so am I at last.

  4. mmm, refried beans. These are the staple of my diet. Though yesterday I made lentils (saute onion, add black lentils, add water, boil until soft and water is mostly gone, add cumin and garlic powder and garam masala, serve on garlic naan or just plain with tomatoes on top) and the Indian flavor there is now in competition with the mexican thing…mmmmm….yum.
    Please keep posting things like this so those of us who are too poor (in time and money) can steal your recipes and ideas!!

  5. Dee-o-licious! And my husband liked it, too! Will wonders never cease!!
    I put chopped cilantro on top. Yummers! Thanks for adding this to my repertoire. I’m big on one-dish meals!

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