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Pressure Cooker Fat-Free Refried Beans II

Yes this is a repeat recipe, but this one has more flavor. I love to use these beans on a bed of organic spring mix leaf salad topped with some broken Baked Tostitos. I then garnish the dish with some grape tomatoes, cilantro, and chopped green onion. Sometimes I add some salsa and Pam loves Trader Joe’s Peach Salsa on hers. We call that dish a Tostada Salad and it happens to be Pam’s favorite vegan dish.

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Creamy Potato Leek Soup

Potatoes are a great nutritious food, but most people turn it into junk food by deep frying it or adding butter, sour cream, bacon, cheese and other assorted fatty toppings. Fortunately there’s a simple way to make the potato a great healthy treat. I found this recipe that uses white beans to make it creamy instead of milk, butter, or cream. I eliminated the the olive to make it fat free and added carrots and celery to give it a little more flavor. It’s super easy to make especially if you have an immersion blender, but you can use a regular blender too.

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Hummus

Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip or spread. It’s really tasty and a nice treat on whole wheat pita bread or as a spread on toasted Ezekiel bread. The recipe I found on fatfreevegan.com calls for tahini, but we substituted brown miso adding less than 2 grams of fat to the otherwise fat-free ingredients.  —  Pam served it to a couple of Nikki’s friends and they loved it!

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Pressure Cooker Fat-Free Refried Beans

Beans have become a staple in my meal plans these days. One common way to enjoy beans in Southern California is refried in Mexican Restaurants. So I set out to find a way to make these without fat or any animal products. I found a recipe on fatfreevegan.com and gave them a try. They were quite good, but needed a little more bite so I modified the recipe to fit Pam and my tastes. You could add some chopped hot peppers to the recipe or simply pour some Pico Pica Hot Sauce on them after they’re served. — These are surprisingly good on top of a bed of salad greens and some low-fat (or fat-free if you can find them) tortilla chips. I call this a Tostada Salad.

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