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The BEST Refried Beans

the best fried beans

This recipe comes from a wonderful company called HelloFresh that I recently started using. I can’t tell you how amazing they are!

The HelloFresh boxes include chef-created recipes and all the fresh ingredients you need to cook at home.

Why HelloFresh is Fantastic

Because I’m working full-time and have four kids, it’s sometimes hard to prepare a meal every single night of the week. This is especially the case on those nights when I’m rushing off to teach—and that’s why HelloFresh is SO amazing.

All the fresh ingredients are right there for me with simple instructions. I’m easily done cooking a SUPER healthy meal for me and the kids in 30 minutes or less. And, on those evenings when I can’t do the cooking, well, luckily I have a 17-year-old who loves to cook too! So, here’s one of their fabulous recipes that we all love!

The BEST Refried Beans

Refried beans are simple to make with just a few ingredients. This delicious recipe is the BEST option I’ve discovered so far for this meal. Once you have prepped all of the ingredients it will take less than fifteen minutes to have it on the table!

This is the perfect meal to make if you come home late after a busy day and want something, quick but nutritious to fill your stomach. To make some for yourself, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 x 400g tin of mixed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato puree
  • 1 tsp. of your favourite hot sauce or 1/4 tsp. chilli powder
  • Fresh coriander
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil


To get started making this recipe, take a large pan and melt the coconut oil over a medium to high heat. Add the chopped red onion into the pan—it should take about five minutes for the red onion to become soft.

Next, add in the beans, cumin, hot sauce/chilli powder and the tomato puree. Mix well and begin to mash the beans using a fork. Next, add the lime juice and zest and reduce the heat to low. You must then cover the pan for an additional five minutes. Once mashed, mixed and warm, put the beans in a large bowl and top with the fresh coriander—enjoy!

Why is cumin so good for you?

Cumin is one of my favourite spices as it brings such an incredible flavour to food.

It’s crammed full of phytonutrients, which have both antioxidant and anti-flatulent properties. It’s also a great source of dietary fibre.

What about coriander?

Coriander contains a range of vitamins, minerals and essential oils. When eaten regularly, coriander can help to lower LDL cholesterol levels in the body.

To learn about nutritious cooking and healthy foods head over to my e-learning portal—The Flexi Foodie Academy!

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