How do married couples keep the magic alive?
Despite what Hollywood and women’s magazines would have you believe, there’s no magic to marriage. There’s just love, persistence, patience, faith and compromise (but those aren’t sexy enough to sell romcoms).
And that’s why, when hubs asked if we could have nachos for dinner I said “yes”.
I said yes despite wanting us both to eat healthier, avoid grains, get more vegetables in our diets and sit down to meals that don’t have fried corn chips as the base ingredient.
I said yes because I love him and forcing us to stick slavishly to a diet (any diet) isn’t the way to mutual contentment.
That said, I was going to make those nachos as healthy as I possibly could…so I made all the various components myself -from the guacamole to the refried beans.
I used canned beans for the convenience but if you really want to earn some brownie points get the beans, soak them for at least 24 hours and then boil ’em up yourself. It’s time consuming but at least you’ll avoid the BPA commonly found in canned foods.
Refried Beans (serves 3-4)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 white onion, finely chopped
- 2 tsps cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1 can aduki beans
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsps chicken (or vegetable) stock
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and fry gently for five minutes.
- Add the beans and stir in the spices. Pour in the stock and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Using the stirring spoon, lightly mash the beans as they warm through.
- Once heated through and chunky enough for your taste, season well and serve.
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