Black Bean Brownies with Ricotta Swirl

Sorry for the lack of posting recently, I just got back from a fabulous weekend visiting family in Texas. While there, I had the opportunity to work on developing this tasty brownie recipe. Made with black beans, agave nectar and ricotta, these brownies are a far healthier version of this traditional treat. The best part? They are so tasty and chewy, you can’t even tell they are made with beans! These brownies passed the ultimate taste test. My 6 year old cousin Nick loved them and couldn’t tell the difference. Don’t let the beans scare you, this recipe is a wonderful way to enjoy a delicious treat filled with fiber [...]

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Quinoa with Broccoli and Artichoke Hearts

This tasty recipe takes minutes to whip up and can be a side dish or a main course. Artichokes are loaded with fiber, Vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and magnesium. They add a great deal of flavor to this filling, antioxidant-packed dish. Full recipe and photos after the jump.Prep Time: 2-5 minutesCook Time: 10 minutes Ingredients:1 cup quinoa, dry (I used red, but you can also use white or black)2 cups broccoli, washed and chopped1 can of artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed and chopped2 cloves of garlic, minced1/2 cup veggie broth1 tbsp extra virgin olive oilsalt and peppercayenne pepper Step by Step Instructions:1. Cook quinoa according to package directions 2. While [...]

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Pomegranate-Balsamic Glazed Carrots

These carrots make a tasty and quick side dish that is both delicious and impressive. I was lucky enough to receive some fantastic pomegranate balsamic vinegar as a gift, so I decided to put it to use. The tangy balsamic mixes with the sweetness of the honey and a touch of spicy cayenne to create a complex and unique dish. It’s easy to whip up a pomegranate balsamic mixture of your own.  I urge you to give this one a try. Recipe and photos after the jump.Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 15 minutesIngredients:1lb carrots (I used rainbow carrots)1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil1/4 cup pomegranate balsamic vinegar(or 2 tbsp balsamic mixed with 2 [...]

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Wholesome Wednesday Links!

Live longer with a high fiber diet! – Huffington Post Natural remedies for better sleep – Health.com The healing power of touch: it makes you healthier, happier and less anxious – CNN Do menu nutrition labels make no difference in what people order? - NY Times

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Turkey Fried Rice

Fried rice is a delicious, but usually calorie and sodium heavy dish. This version is packed with filling protein and vitamin-rich veggies. Ground white meat turkey, brown rice, and veggies create a tasty and simple meal that also makes a great leftover lunch. I added some fresh ginger for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and some chili oil for spice. This is Craig’s favorite dinner, so I always try to make extra for leftovers. Vegetarians can skip the turkey and substitute your favorite meat substitute or some slivered almonds. Full recipe and photos after the jump.Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 25-35 minutes Ingredients: 1lb white meat ground turkey breast1 cup [...]

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FitSugar Featured Some of My Recipes!

Check out this great post on 8 Fantastic and Filling Bean Recipes. FitSugar is one of my favorite websites and features health and fitness info for women. http://www.fitsugar.com/Healthy-Bean-Recipes-14073471

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