This is the first of a new segment called “Buy This…Not That!” In an ideal world, we would make everything from scratch, but come on…this is real life! I don’t always have the time (or the energy) to spend hours in the kitchen, so I’ve found some products that save me time, and I can feel good about feeding to my family.
This week…refried beans. I’ve made some frijoles refritos before, and really the process isn’t too hard, but it isn’t quick. I use refried beans to bulk up taco meat, fill burritos, and and top tostadas. When I need a quick meal, having a can of refried beans in the pantry comes in handy.
But take a look at the ingredients in a can of Rosarita No Fat refried beans. In addition to beans there is autolyzed yeast extract (MSG), and partially hydrogenated soybean oil. YUCK!
Interesting enough, the vegetarian style Rosarita brand beans do not include those ingredients, so when this brand goes on sale, the only variety I will buy are the vegetarian. They still contain “natural flavor.” Who knows what that might be?
A can of O Organics Refried beans is even better because it doesn’t include “natural flavor.” The only drawback is a can of organic beans can cost twice as much as conventional beans at most grocery stores.
My favorite brand of refried beans is Trader Joe’s. At just $1.29 a can for the salsa variety, that is a pretty good deal for organic refried beans. Trader Joe’s also has traditional flavored refried beans for those who aren’t a fan of the spice.