MOCK REFRIED BEANS
1 lb. Pinto Beans
4 Cloves Garlic
4 Sprigs Chinese or Reg. Parsley
1. Place all ingredients in a 3 qt. container and cover with 1 1/2 qts. of spring water.
2. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook until tender.
3. Add 1/4 cup of fresh salsa and/or spices of your choice during the last 1/2 hour of simmering.
You’ll end with a very nutritious bean soup. You can easily use this as a stock for a heartier vegetable and grain soup.
To make delicious mocked refried beans remove most of the juice (save for stock), mash and add 1 cup of salsa or 3 diced California green chiles (Ortega or similar canned style will do nicely), add 1/4 cup Virgin Olive oil, 1/4 cup low-fat Mozzarella cheese and Bake slowly (275 deg. F.) for 2 hours.
This makes 12 to 15 servings.