Refried Bean Bowl

Did you know that President Obama makes a mean chili? I like a guy who enjoys his veggies =) I would be delighted to make him a chili-like meal swapping out the meat with some beans.


I would even take the time to make him my delicious homemade cheese. Mmmmm vegan cheese….

Perfect meal for the MoFo theme of the day!


15 OMG, Barack Obama is coming over because he knows you make awesome vegan food! What are you going to make? 


This bowl has a few steps and a few different recipes, but feel free to simplify if you want. If you’re low on time, you can just use some daiya or other store-bought vegan cheese instead of making your own. If you do make your own cheese, be sure to soak your cashews in the morning.

Refried Bean Bowl (serves 2-4)
Refried Beans
1 cup of beans (your choice – I used black, pinto or kidney would be good)
1/4 cup of vegetable broth
1 tbsp of potato starch (or other thickener)

Throw the beans and veggie broth into a pot and bring it to a low bowl, add the thickener and let it simmer until it thickens.

Sautéed Veggies
1 clove of garlic, diced
1/2 of a small onion, diced
1 red pepper, chopped
1 small yellow zucchini, sliced
1 small green zucchini, sliced
a handful of mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp of coconut aminos

Heat a wok on medium heat, add a bit of olive oil, then add the onion & garlic and sautée for 2-3 minutes. Add the remaining veggies and sautée until they have softened.

Nacho Cheeze
1 cup of cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours
1 small bell pepper (red or orange)
1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp each of garlic powder, chili powder, dried cumin, dried coriander and paprika
salt & pepper to taste

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend it up until creamy. I had to add a bit of water to get it to blend better (and I was low on patience haha ;p)

You can serve this with some cilantro lime rice, I had mine with some bean chips. Layer the veggies in the bottom of the bowl, add the beans and add the cheeze. I also topped mine with guacamole and a ton of fresh cilantro. Who needs a Whole Foods burrito bowl with this bad boy?


I think the health-conscious leader of the United States of America would give this bowl a big ole thumbs up!

US President Barack Obama gives a thumbs-up as he walks from Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 26, 2013, after returning from Camp David where he attended a retreat with members of his Cabinet. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

I bet Michelle would too ;p



14 thoughts on “Refried Bean Bowl

  1. I’ll give you two thumbs ! I did not know that about him. I found he likes pizza, salmon (did you catch that Bear Grylls episode with him? I refuse to watch any Grylls shows because he is so cruel, but I did hear they ate salmon. so sad) and then there is the burger places he visits. I think he’d totally go for this dish! It is so pretty and looks really tasty!

  2. Hahaha I love those photos you sourced of Barack and Michelle with thumbs up, hahaha that’s awesome 😀 this is similar to what I would make if Barack came to my place for dinner too – I would have served nachos :)

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