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Easy Home Made Refried Beans Done in a Crock Pot

Refried Beans in Crock Pot

Main Ingredients:

  1. Dry (bagged) Pinto Beans
    Note: Rinse beans and soak in hot water for about 20 minutes.

Other Ingredients:

Put the following in the crockpot:

  1. About 1 —1½tbsp olive oil
  2. Diced onions
  3. Mince Garlic
  4. Cilantro


  1. Put the beans in the crockpot with all the other ingredients, add water until it’s about an inch above the beans.
  2. Cook on low for about 6-8 hours.
  3. Once they are done, drain most of the water, then smoosh the beans using a potato smasher.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to your preference.

Note: If you don’t have a crockpot, you can purchase a can of Pinto Beans, while warming it on the stove (with the liquid it comes in), you can still add the olive oil, onion, garlic and cilantro. Once it’s warm,  smoosh the beans.

Three Bean Salad


Thee Bean Salad


  • 1 can green string beans
  • 1 can yellow wax beans
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • ½ cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped (½ cup)


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ⅔ cup cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup salad oil


Pour dark red kidney beans into a large bowl.  Rinse with cold water.  Drain water off of kidney beans.  Drain green string beans and yellow wax beans.  Dump into bowl.  Add celery, onion, and green pepper.

Make dressing by combining remaining ingredients in a small bowl.  Pour over vegetables.  Toss well.  Chill at least 30 minutes or, better, overnight.

—by Karen Centowski

Broccoli and Cheese Cornbread – Recipe

Broccoli and Cheese Cornbread


  • 1 ½ cups of instant cornbread mix
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups of chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 10 oz. cheddar/jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Mix together first seven ingredients
  3. Warm olive oil (3 tablespoons) in cast iron skillet and pour in ingredients to lightly brown
  4. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown

Note: For a healthier version use the following substitutes:

  • Almond milk
  • Low fat cheese
  • Low fat sour cream
  • Omit the butter
Recipe submitted by Barbara Berry.

Apple Pie – Recipe

Apple Pie

Main ingredient:

  • 5-6 Large apples thinly sliced (will yield approximately 6 cups)(Honey Crisp, Jonathans, any tart firm apple)

Combine with:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Fill pie crust (your own recipe or use a store bought crust)
  • Top with second crust
  • Brush with egg yolk
  • Sprinkle with sugar
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 40 minutes
  • Cool
  • Enjoy!
Recipe submitted by Janet Fulfs