This next recipe comes to us from the Maxwell Family. It's a delicious recipe for Refried Beans! I LOVE this because we have been converting our home over to anti-canned-foods. WHY you ask? That sounds like a lot of unnecessary work but, there's a VERY good reason for it. Did you know they line food grade cans with BPA? BPA stands for Bisphenol A (a chemical invented by a Russian Scientist.) That's the ingredient you see flashing proud on a lot of baby products: "BPA free!"
Technically, the FDA has banned using BPA in all baby bottles due to it's possible health effects of the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. YIKES! And it lines the inside of our food cans? Yep.
Now, I know a lot of you love your cans. They're so convenient, they store well, you may even have those special racks that rotate your food cans for you! We sure do. But the risk of BPA is not worth filling those cool rotating racks. So instead, we FREEZE. We make extra large batches and freeze them in Ziploc Brand freezer bags (of which ARE BPA-FREE.) Basically, our food storage is in our freezer. See my special links at the bottom for our suggestions on converting your home to anti-canned foods. It's a lot easy than you think, the food tastes better, and it's so much better for you!
Thanks again Suzanne for this next great recipe! She says, "These beans are great for any Mexican dish or just an after school snack. My kids ask for them in their school lunch with a little cheese on top."
Yummy Slow Cooker Refried Beans
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
Adapted by The Maxwell Family from 100 Days of Real Food
Our Anti-Canned Foods Food Storage:
A couple of years ago my sister-in-law made this dip for a family party...I have never seen something disappear so fast! The dip was sooooooo good it could only make a person wonder, "What in the world is in this?!" Would you believe only 3 simple ingredients? So apparently this recipe has been around for a while and to some it's well known, but for those who have never tried it...MAN. That's all I have to say.
The thing about this recipe is it can easily be made A LOT healthier by just looking closely at labels. Typical recipes call for a can of Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis. Be sure to find one that does not contain high fructose corn syrup. If there is any sugar in your tomatoes you'll want to make sure the ingredients label says only "sugar" and nothing else. The can I used actually didn't even have sugar. All the better!
Next, is the sausage. You want to look for one that is first of all, gluten free, but also one that has no msg, nitrates or preservatives. (See the label below.)
I can't stress enough how harmful MSG is to the brain! It can cause migraines, nausea, numbness, and even heart palpitations! Researchers say these side affects only are only "short term" but if it causes so much disturbance to the body, why eat it?!
Next is the the nitrates...Did you know expectant mothers are cautioned not to consume meats with nitrates? Why...because it can cause brain tumors in children! Yikes. Nitrates have also been linked to DNA mutations and cancer.
So my intent is not to scare you but to educate you! Look for these simple BETTER ingredients and you have a wonderful & delicious dip (with no side affects!) ;)
Sausage & Cheese Dip
(Gluten Free, Can be Dairy Free)
Adapted by jalene
Image from http://moosaidthemama.blogspot.com
Look for Ground Sausage that looks like this label.
If you haven't ever tried my Lentil Tacos you should! They're amazing! We actually got to the point where we PREFERRED them over Meat Tacos! Lentil Tacos are not only better for you but it saves money too!.
I invented this next version out of necessity. We wanted to have lentil tacos but we needed them quick! I didn't have time to chop the onion, etc. This recipe is SO easy. All you do is saute the lentils for a minute with taco seasoning, add the liquids, and cover and simmer for 20 minutes. EASY! It also serves as a great dip! (see below)
Quick Lentil Tacos
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Sugar-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, Can be Vegan)
Created by jalene
Tips from jalene:
To make this VEGAN simply use vegetable broth instead of beef broth.
This next recipe is one of my sister-in-laws. And let me tell ya, it has got to be one of the most tastiest dips ever! She brought it to share at our big Father's Day dinner and I actually only got one chip-full before it was devoured by everyone else! There were boys seriously hovering over this thing until it was all gone. Another one of my sister-in-laws actually took some and HID IT so it wouldn't get eaten... ha ha. When you've got HOVERING and HOARDING going on, you gotta know it's good.
Magical Mexican Dip
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
Created by Janey Nielsen
Serve with organic corn chips.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Keeps fresh for about 2 days.
This recipe stems from a camping trip I once took when I was 14 years old. I went with a church group and forgot my sack lunch for the first day's meal! Luckily, a leader shared her meal with me: tuna and avocado. I was considering starving. The combo seemed crazy and in my young mind I was sure it was either death by starvation or death by eating this lunch! Reluctantly I gave in to eat it only because if I was going to die, I might as well have a full tummy. To my surprise it actually tasted good! But, I was sure it only tasted good because I was STARVING and it took me a while before I had enough guts to try it again.
Now, I use this recipe as a great go-to when I need a quick, healthy snack. It's AMAZINGLY nutritious and I love the taste of it! There are so many great health benefits for TUNA. I highly recommend you read this article about what it can do for you: The World's Healthiest Foods; Tuna
Avocados are a great source of nutrients too! They actually PROMOTE blood sugar regulation and help PREVENT the occurrence of cancers in the mouth, skin, and prostate gland! You can't get better than that. Give it a try! I'm sure you'll love it.
Avocado Tuna Spread
(Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Corn-Free)
Created by jalene
Did you know that you can freeze your ripe avocados to use at a different time? I learned it on Pinterest! You can read more about it on this WEBSITE.
What can I say...I've been loving the chips and dips lately. Here's another one of our favorites. I got this recipe from my brother in law and then tweaked it a little. Don't be fooled by the green color! It has an amazing flavor and some really good health benefits. The pine nuts alone provide essential minerals, vitamins, and "heart friendly" mono-unsaturated fatty acids that help benefit in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood! (They also give the dip a darn good flavor.) Enjoy!
Pine Nut & Spinach Hummus Dip
Adapted by jalene from a recipe by my bro-in-law Dr. Jared Nielsen
I really need to get a toddler proof photo shoot area! ha ha
A while back I told you about the Cancer Project Class that I attended with teacher Charity Lighten. This next recipe comes from that class. This Black Bean Dip is SO EASY to make and also incredibly good for you. It's virtually fat free which is extremely helpful in keeping hormone levels within healthy limits and lower ricks of breast and prostate cancer. The cumin helps adds flavor and antioxidants. Plus, it's yummy! We use it as a dip for chips, veggies, or spread it on our Lentil Tacos or with regular tacos.
Black Bean Dip (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
Check out my little black bean dip thief!
She hates waiting for me to finish my photo shoots.
She'd rather dig in!
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