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For The Love Of The Legume

April 2, 2010

Yesterday, I wanted a chicken wrap for lunch, but the only chicken breast we had was frozen solid. Hmm, what to use for protein? I looked around in my cabinet and found this…


The other day, Veggiegirl and I were talking beans, and I decided to pick some up while at Trader Joe’s. I don’t often buy beans as they sometimes cause me stomach distress, but I do love refried beans on occasion. In fact, back in my vegetarian days, I often ate bean burritos sans cheese from Taco Bell. So, yesterday, I decided to create my own version, but with cheese


Looks cheesy, no? I simply filled 1 warmed La Tortilla Factory tortilla with 1/4 cup refried beans and humnut sauce made with 1 heaping spoonful of hummus, 1 TBSP nutritional yeast, a squirt of Beaver’s Sweet Hot Mustard, and a bit of water to thin. This was so good that last night when CD and I went to Trader Joe’s to pick up few things, I threw 2 more cans of beans in the cart.

Today’s lunch was a Mexican pizza…


Same concept as above, I just didn’t roll it up. This would have been excellent with some chopped avocado. Next time for sure!

Did anyone fall for any good April Fool’s Day jokes? I did. CD brought these to me when he come for lunch yesterday, Look Heather Pie, I bought you flowers…


Ha ha, April Fools. Someone sent them to our office, and my boss said I could bring them home to you. Oh well, it’s that thought that counts, right? Thanks CD! šŸ™‚

Don’t forget to enter my So Delicious product coupon giveaway. The contest ends when So Delicious reaches 3,500 fans on Facebook. We’ve got a ways to go.

Happy Good Friday to you all!

48 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2010 12:26 pm

    Mmmm that looks delicious!

  2. April 2, 2010 12:30 pm

    Humnut sauce??? I’ve never heard that!! It sounds really good.

    Those flowers are lovely even if they are an April’s fools joke!

    I ā¤ almost everything from Trader Joe's!!!

  3. April 2, 2010 12:34 pm

    Just a tip on eating beans; if you use dried beans, cook them with a piece of kombu. If you buy canned, buy Eden Organic brand as they cook their beans with kombu as well. The kombu helps in digestion, greatly!
    I promise this tip works, try it out.
    Be Well!

  4. April 2, 2010 12:40 pm

    Cool – thanks Heather!

  5. Melissa permalink
    April 2, 2010 12:54 pm

    luvs me some refried beans…have I told you I make my own (after soaking) and then re-fry in hot coconut oil? SERIOUSLY Yummy!

  6. Jessica R. permalink
    April 2, 2010 1:02 pm

    Oh my gosh, Heather, that is so funny — Travis has done that TWICE to me — the flower thing. šŸ™‚ But I still love the effort — he had to think of me and bring them home. Awww our cheap and sweet husbands. šŸ™‚

  7. April 2, 2010 1:18 pm

    bahahaha i guess it is the thought that counts šŸ™‚ i could really go for a bean burrito in the near future…!

  8. April 2, 2010 1:22 pm

    Melissa, I think you did tell me about your refried beans in coconut oil. Sounds amazing!

  9. April 2, 2010 1:32 pm

    Does “Salsa Style” mean some tomatoes have gotten in on the action?

    Did you see my April Fools? šŸ™‚

  10. April 2, 2010 1:33 pm

    The wrap does look good! I love beans šŸ™‚
    Nop, didn’t fall for any april fools joke! We’re not big fans of the day here at home šŸ˜›

  11. April 2, 2010 1:35 pm

    Mmmm bean burritos sound nummy. Sometimes we’ll just make chili cheese ones (like taco bell used to carry) with amy’s spicy chili. šŸ™‚

  12. April 2, 2010 1:36 pm

    Mmm i love a wrap of refried beans and cheese- definetly a meal not meant for a weak stomach, though;)!

  13. April 2, 2010 1:36 pm

    YUM that looks good…I used to looove Taco Bell’s 7-layer burrito in my less healthier days…must replicate it sometime….

  14. April 2, 2010 1:37 pm

    Mmmm that looks delicious!!!! I haven’t had refried beans in ages! Amy’s makes some great ones!

  15. April 2, 2010 1:40 pm

    these are my FAVORITE refried beans! i can easily make them myself, but why would i when tj’s is such a godsend?

  16. April 2, 2010 1:47 pm

    I always liked my burritos really plain- just refried beans with a little bit of cheese.

  17. April 2, 2010 1:59 pm

    Thanks for the mention šŸ™‚

    I need to incorporate more beans, since I haven’t done so in a while (except in the form of hummus).

    Love the joke associated with the flowers, haha!

  18. April 2, 2010 1:59 pm

    Those la tortilla factory wraps just can’t be beat – love ’em!! I need to recreate this, looks great!! šŸ™‚

  19. April 2, 2010 2:12 pm

    Wow! We’re brain twins!! I do the same thing with humnut pizzas- the pinto beans get so warm and chewy…. Awesome!
    what does salsa style mean? Does it have tomatoes and stuff mixed in?

  20. April 2, 2010 2:13 pm

    Carbzilla, I don’t have the can in front of me, but no, I don’t recall any tomato chunks. I think Trader Joe’s just adds some spices to the beans to salsisfy them. šŸ™‚

  21. April 2, 2010 2:14 pm

    I love TJ’s refried beans!

  22. April 2, 2010 2:14 pm

    ooooooomg i am currently making my way through a new favorite salsa and it’d be AMAZING with refried pintos (which ive actually never had–but just KNOW id fall in with)!

  23. April 2, 2010 2:20 pm

    Awww, the flowers are still purty, no matter who actually bought them šŸ˜‰

    Did I know you used to be a vegetarian? I don’t think so. Was that before or after you lost weight? I’m intrigued šŸ™‚

    Happy Friday, dear Heabie!

  24. April 2, 2010 2:22 pm

    Mae, According the list of ingredients, the Trader Joe’s refried beans, salsa style contain organic pinto beans, water, tomato paste, sea salt, dehydrated onions, jalapeno peppers, and spices. They are my favorite – not dry at all. Hate it when refried beans come out of the can looking liked canned dog food. Blech.

  25. April 2, 2010 2:25 pm

    Lara, I was a vegetarian for 5 years and a vegan for 3 in the few years after my weight loss. However, I was using it as a way to restrict my eating and while training for a long trail race decided to add meat back into my diet. There are many days when I don’t even think about eating meat, but I don’t think I could ever completely give it up again…I love bacon. šŸ™‚

  26. April 2, 2010 2:30 pm

    Got it šŸ™‚ I am pretty sure I could never give up meat 100% either. I am inspired by the way you eat meat, moderately, organically, and grass-fed. That is my goal these days šŸ™‚

  27. April 2, 2010 2:43 pm

    That wrap looks amazing! Sure you don’t want to use a Flatout wrap though? Ok ok, I promise I’m shutting up about them now šŸ™‚ I just am over the moon with excitement, if you couldn’t tell already!

    Love your April Fools joke from CD! And I’ve been following the So Delicious deliciousness…YUM! I’m so glad it’s finally warm out and I’m craving cool treats again!

    Have a fab weekend, HEAB!

  28. April 2, 2010 3:05 pm

    “I’ll take two bean burritos without the onions and with mild sauce….and a Diet Pepsi.” Wait, what? I lost myself for a moment. Love your version…though I’m tempted to stop by TB for a few mild sauce packets. šŸ™‚

  29. April 2, 2010 3:19 pm

    Mm, that does look good. I need to find some of that mustard, though.

  30. April 2, 2010 3:46 pm

    I love beans! I have the Refried in my cupboard and will have to try that.

    I seen an old (said in the nicest way!) man today buying flowers from a side-walk sale and then getting in his old truck and laying them carefully on the seat beside him…

    seemed so beautiful that maybe he was taking them home to his wife…

    or maybe he lives alone and just wanted to brighten his place…who knows. But flowers are beauty.

  31. April 2, 2010 3:53 pm

    That looks delicious! I love refried beans so much. I like to eat them in a wrap with greens and avocado. Even tastes great cold.


  32. April 2, 2010 4:10 pm

    I am a huge fan of refried beans–especially refried black beans. I highly recommend the Whole Foods brand of refried black beans with jalapenos–delicious!

  33. Samantha permalink
    April 2, 2010 4:34 pm

    At least the flowers are pretty! šŸ™‚

  34. jacobc permalink
    April 2, 2010 4:56 pm

    texted my girlfriend around midday that i just ate a double bacon cheeseburger and fries from wendys… she doesn’t do fast food either and was shocked.. april fools, ha!

  35. April 2, 2010 5:09 pm

    I loooove beans. I love them more than gluten which is why I make brownies with them šŸ™‚

  36. April 2, 2010 5:50 pm

    I used to get weird looks at mexican restaurants when I’d request a quesadilla without cheese, but with refried beans. I had completely forgotten about it though!

  37. April 2, 2010 5:52 pm

    Ah….that reminds me of the old days when I’d get bean & cheese burritos with extra onions from taco bell. Also reminds me that I should make bean burritos more often at home!

  38. April 2, 2010 6:00 pm

    That sounds like the perfect wrap!!!! I crave beans about once every month or two. Refried pinto sounds delish. Have a good weekend!

  39. April 2, 2010 8:32 pm

    I love refried beans! I always eat them when I make vegan enchiladas. In fact, that’s what I ate tonight!

  40. April 2, 2010 9:48 pm

    I just read your comment on what’s in those refried beans and may have to try them now! Your Mex pizza looks awesome too.

    I haven’t tried La Tortilla Factory yet, but hear they are awesome. I actually just made some spelt-flax tortillas tonight and was impressed with the results! They were surprisingly simple.

  41. April 2, 2010 11:06 pm

    wow, i didnt know u used to be veg…learn something new about u everyday…what else are u hiding from us? šŸ™‚
    refried beans in a tortilla are yum
    too bad u cant have cheese
    but at least your humnut sauce satisfies you!

  42. April 2, 2010 11:16 pm

    wow, that seriously looks like real cheese. you had me fooled good. lovely flowers.

  43. April 3, 2010 1:26 am

    beans, beans great for the….


    indeed. And i can’t eat them. But it looks great!

  44. Katherine: What About Summer? permalink
    April 3, 2010 6:19 am

    I’m not huge on the mushed up beans but I love canned ones! way to be HEAB

    PS: I got on facebook and you were there on my homepage too thanks to turtle mountain. it’s like you’re following me (which ironically you can follow blogs on wordpress…)

  45. April 3, 2010 7:44 am

    I want one of those burritos now!! They look so much yummier than the nasty Taco Bell garbage I used to cure hangovers in college.

    I’ve never tried TJ’s refried beans but I’m thinking I should give them a whirl…

  46. April 4, 2010 5:50 am

    These tortilla recipes look great! I’ll soon be posting a hummus-esque recipe I think you’ll dig. Stay tuned šŸ˜€

  47. April 4, 2010 9:19 am

    I LOVE those TJs beans. I could seriously have a bean quesadilla/burrito every day.

    Derek actually came home from Fresh & Easy (his obsession) with Daffodils. I told me cousin that they weren’t in fact for me (she accused me of being mean!) and I said, ‘seriously Derek loves daffodils like a read man should not’ šŸ™‚ hahah

  48. April 6, 2010 7:37 pm

    bean and cheese burritos.. brings me back to my childhood! Mexican restaurants and the days before my parents made me order something with real animal protein in it, I used to looove getting bean and cheese burritos! I love it when you bring it back to simplicity Heather. Great post.

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