|Friends stop by and youve got no snacks. Its dinner time and youve got no ideas. Its every day and youve got no time.|
Instant Refried Beans to the rescue. Taste Adventure packs four flavors of dried precooked beansJalapeño, Pinto Bean, Green Chile & Lime, and Black Beaninto shelf-stable cartons that look like they hold a quart of milk. Just add boiling water, stir, and wait five minutes. You can use as much or as little as you want and keep the rest for the next crisis.
What do you end up with? You can use it as a delicious dip. If you remembered to keep a package of tortillas in the freezer, youve also got the makings of bean burritos or tacos. (Just add some salsa, guacamole, chopped tomatoes, and a touch of light shredded cheese or sour cream.) Or youve got half of a great rice-and-beans dish or the base for an aromatic black bean soup. Despite their name, refried beans have no lard or other fats. And while each 1/2-cup serving has 350 to 410 milligrams of sodium, you have to weigh that against their six to nine grams of fiber, plus the usual protein and iron youd expect from beans.
Not bad for 130 calories.
Start with the Pinto or Black Beans if you like to keep things simple. Or try the Green Chile if you want a little buzz, or the Jalapeño if youre in the mood for an extra kick.
Either way, its only five minutes from What should we have? to Lets eat.
|What can you get at Dunkin Donuts that has more calories than a Big Mac, more saturated fat than a Quarter Pounder, and more sugar than a Mrs. Fields Double Fudge Brownie? Hint: Its not a doughnut.|
At 590 calories and 24 grams of fat (ten of them saturated), a Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Chip Muffin makes a 200-to-300-calorie doughnut look good. (Two or three doughnuts is another story, of course.)
And dont think the chocolate is all to blame. Dunkins Lemon Poppyseed Muffin has 580 calories. And othersthe Banana Nut, Blueberry, Corn, Cranberry Orange, and Honey Bran Raisinhover around 500. Their saturated fat levels (four to six grams) are more reasonable, but 500 calories is a quarter of a days worth (or should be).
Heres the kicker: Dunkin Donuts Reduced Fat Blueberry Muffin isnt much better in the calorie department (450).
Maybe Dunkins execs have spent too much time near the deep-fat fryers. Get a bagel instead.