Raw “No Bean” Refried Beans
I have a delicious, nutritious and easy-to-make recipe for you all today. It is adapted from Kimberly Snyder’s NEW book The Beauty Detox Foods . I love Kimberly Snyder’s work and have been a fan of her information, recipes and Glowing Green Smoothie (aka GGS) for over 3 years now. Her first book, The Beauty Detox Solution is fantastic and I highly recommend it. Her GGS was my first green smoothie and I was hooked from day one. Green smoothies have been an integral part of my healthy lifestyle and I SWEAR by their benefits. I pre-ordered this new book (Beauty Detox Foods) months prior to its official launch date – MORE PLANT-BASED, PROPERLY FOOD COMBINED RECIPES! Yay! Food geek, here!
I’ve been perusing through this beautiful book for several days now and drooling at EVERY SINGLE RECIPE. I’ve been taking notes, writing down ingredients for new shopping list and already playing in the kitchen with several recipes to share with you all. I have already made ALL the recipes in her first book and will do the same with this one.
I used to love the texture and taste of refried beans in recipes, but I don’t swing that way anymore. Beans and I aren’t on good terms any longer and have parted ways mutually and I have found a new relationship with this dish that is here to stay. This “no bean” dish has the taste and consistency of standard refried beans but without all the health and beauty downfalls. This recipe is beauty enhancing, digestive friendly and tastes amazing. My kind of food!!
The star in this show is raw SUNFLOWER SEED. Let’s look at some of the nutritional benefits of these simple seeds:
Sunflower seeds being rich in phytosterols and a good source of dietary fiber, aid in reducing the cholesterol levels in the body.
# Copper is also required by the body to help carry oxygen to the red blood cells. 25% of the daily requirement of this mineral is easily covered by one ounce of raw sunflower seeds.
# Sunflower seeds contain vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction. It is known as folate, and it is responsible for the body’s cells to manufacture DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid).
# The nutritional value of raw sunflower seeds that is contained in one serving (1/4 cup) includes 11.0 g of fat, 3.0 g of fiber and 6.0 g of protein. These seeds also provide the daily requirement of iron in the body, which comes to about 13%. Apart from containing Vitamin E, Vitamin B-6 is also an important part of sunflower seeds.
# Sunflower seeds are also a rich source of Zinc, which helps the body recuperate from injuries, and fight infections. About 10% of the daily requirement of this element can be obtained from these seeds. (source)
- 2 cups raw sunflower seeds, soaked overnight and rinsed well
- 1 cup sundried tomatoes (soaked in a bowl 2 hours prior to blending)
- 2 TB. fresh ground flax seeds
- 1 TB. raw unpasteurized miso paste (if you don't have this, use extra pink himalayan salt to taste)
- 1 TB. paprika
- 1 TB. chili powder
- 1 TB. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne powder
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup spring or filtered water (depending on consistency of sundried tomatoes)
- High quality pink himalayan salt or sea salt - to taste
- Pulse the sunflower seeds a food processor several times, then add the sundried tomatoes, flaxseeds, miso paste and seasonings.
- Pulse again, then slowly add the water to the mixture until it has a consistency that resembles refried beans - almost smooth, but with some texture.
- Adjust seasoning and add in sea salt to suit your taste.