Amy’s Vegetarian Organic Refried Beans in both the black bean and traditional flavors come in a “light in sodium” version with 50 percent less sodium than their regular refried beans.
I taste-tested the Amy’s refried beans by coming up with five different ways to use the refried black beans and refried traditional beans in Mexican recipes.
If you are in the mood for Mexican, but don’t have time to cook, I recommend Amy’s tamales, Amy’s burritos and Amy’s Tofu Scramble Mexican.
Amy’s Kitchen products are typically vegetarian. The black beans are also gluten-free. A half cup of the refried beans, black bean variety, has 140 calories, 3 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber, 220 mg of sodium, 1 gram of sugar and 8 grams of protein.
If you are on the Amy Kitchen Diet, the refried beans are extremely filling and help you stick to the plan. Here are five ways to use the Amy’s light in sodium vegetarian refried beans:
No. 1: Idea for cooking with Amy’s Kitchen Vegetarian Refried Beans: Double layer tacos: Use the refried beans as a “glue” to make a double layer style taco. Spread the refried beans on a flour tortilla or a brown rice or Ezekiel tortilla. Then “glue” that to the crispy corn tortilla before heating up in the oven. You can fill the crispy corn tortilla with taco meat.
No. 2: Idea for cooking with Amy’s Kitchen Vegetarian Refried Beans: Bean and Cheese Burrito: Take a brown rice taco, Ezekiel sprouted-grain tortilla or a soft flour tortilla and spread on one side with the refried beans. Top with cheddar cheese. Heat the side without the beans and cheese in a fry pan with a little olive oil. Once the cheese melts, transfer to a plate and fill with lettuce, tomato, guacamole, sour cream and green onions and salsa.
No. 3: Idea for cooking with Amy’s Kitchen Vegetarian Refried Beans: Taco Salad. Take a corn tortilla taco bowl and spread the refried beans on the bottom. Heat up the taco bowl in the oven. Once warm, add lettuce, cheese, taco meat and other taco salad ingredients. Serve with Catalina dressing.
No. 4: Idea for cooking with Amy’s Kitchen Vegetarian Refried Beans: Bean Dip. Place the refried beans in an oven safe container. Top with your favorite cheese and taco meat. Heat up in oven and serve with corn chips as a dip.
No. 5: Idea for cooking with Amy’s Kitchen Vegetarian Refried Beans: Chicken and Bean Chimichanga. Cook chicken in taco seasoning and water. Set aside. Fill a soft tortilla with the refried beans, chicken taco meat and cheese. Fold and then semi-deep fry until crispy. Top with additional cheese and serve with guacamole, lettuce, tomato, green peppers and other favorite toppings.
Amy’s Kitchen’s vegetarian refried beans are great when my family is in the mood for Mexican food. It’s an easy way to add fiber to my children’s diets.
For my review of Amy’s Refried Beans, traditional and black bean, I give them both a thumbs up. They added nutrition without detracting from the taste of the recipes. My kids liked the double layer tacos the best. I recommend using the black bean for the adults and the traditional-style for the children since they are probably used to the traditional style of refried beans!
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Source: Amy’s Kitchen website: http://www.amyskitchen.com/