He who cooks Bean Enchiladas, eats

Refried bean enchiladas

I’ve been longing to introduce more beans and pulses meals to the family. Not only should it be cheaper, but healthier and add variety to my meal planning. It’s always hit and miss with new dishes. Will they be accepted by the family?

After spending hours researching and making it, there is nothing more demoralising than a rejected dish, barely touched and at least one member of the family declaring that they don’t like it. Please tell me I’m not the only one?

haricot bean stirring

So it was with a little trepidation I poured my dried haricot beans into the bowl of water, to soak for the required time. Surprisingly, youngest took a lot of interest straight away and offered to stir them. (Not on the packet, but I let him anyway.)

making refried bean enchiladas with children 2

He took interest in them swelling up and pushing the plate off the top. It was also him that chopped the onions and mushed the beans. He was on hand to pour, stir and provide suitable “yum” sounds, as we gradually put the meal together and into the oven to cook.

refried bean enchiladas ready for oven

Then he ate it. No fuss about the spice. No ham acting of boy dying of poisoning. None of that this time. His plate was clean. As were the plates of all the family.

tomato passata

I made enough to freeze half the beans for next time. Youngest loved telling everyone that he made our meal. He is longing to help again.

making refried bean enchiladas ingredients

Recipe for Refried Bean Enchilada (according to youngest)

(Make one, freeze on, for family of 5)

500g dried haricot beans
2 or 3 onions
tablespoon of frozen chopped garlic
2- 3 tsp fajita spice
bag of homemade tomato passata (or couple of tins of chopped tomatoes)
splodge of olive oil
50g – 100g grated cheddar cheese
100 – 200ml natural yogurt
8 tortilla wraps

time taken 15 hours, cost £5.50 (enough for make one, freeze one)

1. Soak and boil beans as per packet.
2. Fry onions and garlic in olive oil until tender.
3. Add spice and stir
4. Add beans and stir
5. Add tomato and stir. Once hot, remove from stove.
6. Mush up beans with potato masher
7. Set half of mixture aside for another day. Split remaining mixture between the wraps. Roll up each wrap and put in ovenproof dish, with folds underneath. Line wraps up in a row.
8. Spread yogurt on top of the wraps and sprinkle the grated cheese.
9. Pop in the oven for 10 – 15 mins at 180c until bubbling and browned.
10. Serve with veg.

refried bean enchiladas cooked 2


Learning notes.

– if I join them in with the cooking, the children really are more likely to like the meal. Especially something new.
– will try more bean and pulse dishes
– running low on cheese, so added yogurt. Cheaper, tasty and not so dry.
– bulk buying will bring down cost more.

Linking up to Gina’s Thrifty Thursday.

7 thoughts on “He who cooks Bean Enchiladas, eats

  • Monday 19 January, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Oh Yummo!!! I have so found this to be the truth… If they cook it they tend to at least try it. If they cook it for the family, they eat it with gusto – I think the sense that they may have to “market” their dish to unwilling siblings, is really quite important. And for my two most likely to loath anything with a vegetable in it children – they need to more than cook it, they need to grow it. When these to grow it they will munch it down with gusto!!! Instead of taco’s we make wraps, they are so expensive in the supermarket over here and cost nearly nothing to make… here’s the recipe: http://www.se7en.org.za/2009/03/04/its-a-wrap-in-se7en-steps

    • Saturday 24 January, 2015 at 2:17 am

      Oh. I shall have to check it out, although the wraps are relatively cheap over here. I’ve always loved your posts about your children cooking.

  • Tuesday 20 January, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    We love beans and pulses here! At least one dish a week contains them often more. I can recommend the Bean Book by Rose Elliot its full of yummy recipes. We had the Lentil Lasagne this week 🙂

    • Saturday 24 January, 2015 at 2:19 am

      Thank you for the recommendation. I’ll check it out. Seem to be a lot of possible cook books so its great to have one suggested.

  • Thursday 22 January, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    These look really nice! We keep meaning to cut down on our meat intake. I’ll have to give this a go. Thank you for sharing on #ThriftyThursday

    • Saturday 24 January, 2015 at 2:50 am

      It really worked out well. Hope my next step one turns out as good! 🙂

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