Refried beans and a giveaway!!!

4 Aug

Yesterday was the husbands birthday… We had a nice dinner out with friends and today we had my parents over for a birthday dinner. Husband requested Mexican lasagna. I decided to make Refried beans to go along with it. These came out good but a little dry. Need more chicken broth next time! Dessert (blackberry cobbler) turned out delicious!


Refried beans
adapted from food network

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth, plus more if needed
Salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and chili powder and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the beans and chicken broth and cook until the beans are warmed through, about 5 minutes. Transfer beans to bowl. Mash the beans with potato masher adding more chicken broth to moisten, if needed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

and now the giveaway!!!!

I came across a really cool website recently It’s is a calorie counter and game (similar to Livestrong) that turns your diet/fitness goals into a level-up game with points and rewards. You rack up points by tracking healthy calories, and completing challenges such as giving up ice cream for two weeks. You upload a picture of a reward such as a cheat food, or iPod, and the website will remind you to reward yourself with that reward as you reach a certain number of points. They also have recipes if you’re in need of ideas.

Slimkicker has agreed to send one lucky reader this kitchen scale


To enter just leave a comment with a suggestion on a fun, creative fitness or diet challenge. Should be 1-2 sentences. Good luck!

10 Responses to “Refried beans and a giveaway!!!”

  1. snippetsfromsnaphappy August 4, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    When I was on vacation, I set a mileage goal for the week for my running – and reported back each run to my trainer. Not sure if that qualifies as “fun” or “creative,” but it worked for me (until I fell and sprained my ankle!)

  2. Marcy August 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    I drink a glass of water before every meal so that I feel fuller and don’t eat as much!

  3. SDJen August 6, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Right now I have entered the Speedo Go the Distance Challenge. It allows you to track your swimming, running, biking, etc. mileage and then rewards you with prizes (although only based on swimming miles).

  4. bernadette August 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    A fun challenge to do if you have kids is to have 30 mins of exercise with them everyday, in the park, outside, etc. I don’t need to go to the gym now that I run around with my kids all day!

    • ilonaskitchen August 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

      Congrats Bernadette! Please email me – to claim your prize! If I don’t hear from you in 48 hours someone else will be picked thanks!


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