Rice with Refried Beans
Open one or two cans of refried beans, depending on how many people you are feeding, and warm up in a saucepan. Add just a little bit of water so that it isn’t so thick and season with granulated garlic, chili powder, cayenne pepper, powdered onion, black pepper, salt and cumin (you have to have the cumin – it just isn’t the same without it) to taste. Place a good size serving of rice in the bottom of a bowl, put another good size serving of the seasoned refried beans on top of that, top with shredded cheddar cheese, salsa and sour cream. This is a very hearty and healthy meal.
Refried Rice with Ham
Cube some ham (however much you want) and fry it up in a large frying pan. When it gets good and golden brown on the edges, add a little bit of olive oil and the cold leftover rice. Fry the rice and ham together and season to taste with black pepper. I add just a dab of butter at the end of the cooking process to add a little flavor, but it is not necessary. Serve up with a side of corn and season the rice and ham with soy sauce. Remember that it tastes best with day old rice.
Oriental Vegetables with Refried
I like the oriental vegetable mix because I like the baby corn and snow peas. You can use any frozen vegetable mix you want. The only thing that I would do different from the ham and rice is that I would re-fry the rice up separately from the vegetables so that the vegetables don’t get all smooshed up. Flavor with a little bit of soy sauce.