Recipe: “I Can’t Believe They’re Not Refried” Beans

Not-Refried Beans

Not-Refried Beans

I have been making this recipe for a few years now and it’s still my favorite Mexican bean recipe, refried or not. It’s super fast and easy, and I’m asked for the recipe just about every time I’ve served it to guests. The cooked beans freeze great, pureed or whole, and they are perfect as a side or just in a quesadilla with cheese.

Just last week, we made these beans for a group of 40 for a Mexican buffet and there wasn’t a bean left in the pot. The proof is in the leftovers!

“I Can’t Believe They’re Not Refried” Beans

“I Can’t Believe They’re Not Refried” Beans


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 C pinto beans, rinsed (or any other dried beans)
  • 1/2 jalepeño, roasted and seeded (or use a whole one if you really like spice)
  • 2 tbs minced garlic
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 8 C water


  1. Place all ingredients in crockpot and stir to combine
  2. Cook on low for 10 hours
  3. Process beans in a food process until they resemble refried beans. Alternatively, you can leave them whole or just mash it up a bit with a potato masher.

And The I See Me Personalized Children’s Book Winner Is…

i-can-change-the-world-personalized-book-4Congratulations to Denise! She won a personalized copy of I Can Change The World!

I See Me has a large selection of personalized items available for purchase. Besides books of all types (for babies, toddlers, big sisters and brothers, etc.,) I See Me offers personalized placemats, growth charts, stickers, even lunch boxes. You can choose an item based on a theme (fairies, dinosaurs, farm, etc.,), holiday, age or gender.  No matter the child, you’re sure to find something personal they’ll love!

Product Review and Giveaway: I See Me personalized children’s book

The personalized I See Me book my five-year-old, Katie, received recently entitled ‘Katie Can Change The World’ might be one of the most delightful things I’ve ever seen. Katie has asked to read this book every other day since she received it two months ago. She loves searching for her name throughout the book and pointing out her favorite details on each page. Maybe it’s the beautiful and endearing illustrations or maybe it’s the message (spread loving kindness as far as you can), but somehow I haven’t grown tired of this book yet either.  i-can-change-the-world-personalized-book-4

I was amazed at the large assortment of personalized items available for purchase on the I See Me website. Besides books of all types (for babies, toddlers, big sisters and brothers, etc.,) I See Me offers personalized placemats, growth charts, stickers, even lunch boxes. You can choose an item based on a theme (fairies, dinosaurs, farm, etc.,), holiday, age or gender. Or just do what I did and spend way too much time ogling each and every beautiful item and planning out gifts for nieces, nephews and my friend’s kids for the next 5 years.

And The Zutano Giveaway Winner Is…


Adorable Clothes for Babies and Toddlers

Congratulations to JJ!  You’ve won a $75 gift certificate to Zutano!  Be sure to let us know if you end up buying that Elf Suit and what other great items you pick out.

If you haven’t had a chance to read our Zutano review, check it out!  The make adorable clothes that are built to last, and make the only booties I’ve ever seen stay on a baby foot!  We encourage you to use our Zutano Amazon Affiliate Link to make your purchases and support The Green Baby Guide at the same time!

Thank to you everyone who entered our giveaway, and for reading our blog.   We’re doing another giveaway this Friday, and many other Fridays throughout the summer, so stay posted!

Recipe: Salmon Cakes with Kale

Salmon Cakes with Kale

Salmon Cakes with Kale

The first time I made this recipe, I wasn’t expecting the rave reviews I received.  We’re not crazy about kale like some folks are, and unless I’m making a lot of smoothies we often don’t make it through a whole bag of pre-washed and chopped kale.  I usually don’t waste food and, come on, all the prep work of washing and chopping was already done for me!  I must really be on the fence about kale.

I was so glad that these turned out more delicious than expected, and it’s a perfect showcase for a side of brown rice and a squeeze of lemon.

Outdoor Cooking for Summer

Outdoor Cooking

Outdoor Cooking

Sandwiches and cold cereal might be fine and well for breakfast and lunch, but many of us prefer a hot meal for dinner.  Or at least a meal that has been cooked over a heat source at some point! Cooking outside doesn’t have to be an activity reserved for camping trips, especially when you have a fully stocked kitchen just inside the door.

Maybe you’re trying to keep your cooling bill down during the summer, or perhaps you don’t have AC to begin with, but setting up an outdoor cooking station might be worth the effort.


Grill pan

Grill pan


Zutano Review and Giveaway

Booties that stay put!

Booties that stay put!

I first heard of Zutano kid’s clothing and accessories when I noticed my cousin’s 6 month old daughter wearing the best little booties.  Unlike all of Allison’s socks, these booties actually stayed on her feet!

It turns out that all of the kimono-style onsies I see his daughter wearing are Zutano as well!  I don’t understand while all infant tops aren’t this sort of wrap style.  I would much rather do up a couple of snaps than struggle with pulling shirts off and on.

A perfect fit!

A perfect fit!

Now that we have our own Zutano Booties, Allison’s feet have gotten plenty of notice from other parents. It turns out we aren’t the only ones with sock issues!  The booties have snap closures at two settings, so no matter the size of your baby’s ankles, they stay in place.  And the Cozie Booties are especially nice in winter.

And The Bitty Cricket Flour Winner Is…


Cricket Flour Blend


Cricket Flour Cookies

Congratulations to Mandi!  You have won yourself a 1 lb bag of Cricket Flour Blend and a Package of Cricket Flour Cookies from Bitty Foods.  Let us know what you end up cooking with it!

For those of you who didn’t win, you can purchase your own Cricket Flour and Cookies from their website.  You can also buy the cookies and support The Green Baby Guide by purchasing the cookies on Amazon.

Thank you for participating and stay tuned for another giveaway this Friday!

How to Fix the Sound on a Stuffed Animal


The beloved Pony

One toy that has been popular in our house is a little blue pony that, when hugged, makes a galloping noise followed by a whinny.  After much love, the sound got shorter and shorter until all you would hear were the first gallop.  It’s a tiny little toy, and wouldn’t be that expensive to replace, but I didn’t like the idea of throwing a perfectly good toy away just because the battery needs to be replaced.

Also, the idea of all those batteries ending up in the landfill just because the toy stopped making noise, made me uncomfortable.  I mean, how many of us tear a toy apart to remove the little batteries when they stop making noise?  Especially when it requires a tiny screwdriver and a bit of patience.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Planning gifts for Dad, especially when they are not of the stay-at-home variety, is a bit different than planning Mother’s Day Gifts. He probably doesn’t need a spa day, or chance to get his hair highlighted. If you’re looking for something beyond an opportunity to watch the game uninterrupted, here are some ideas!

Soma Water Pitcher

Drink up!

Drink up!

For the design-minded man, we suggest the artful yet useful Soma Sustainable Pitcher & Plant-Based Water Filter.

The new, larger Soma pitcher holds 80oz of filtered water and is made of shatter-proof, BPA-free plastic. The wooden handle, made from sustainable white oak, is a nice design touch and the lid has a clever self-opening mechanism that makes refilling it fast and easy. The filter is made from coconut shell carbon surrounded by a plant-based casing and lasts for about two months.