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Friday, November 12, 2010

Black Bean Brownies

As you can see this is the end of the pan, so they went over very. These are super simple to make and without the eggs and oil you are decreasing a lot of fat and with the addition of black bean you are adding fiber & protein. A friend recently has been making these often because she is doing Weight Watchers and these are 2 pts a brownie (without the frosting & sprinkles.) I served these ones I made to my family and 3 friends and no one could tell they were made with black beans. Great way to "sneak" in veggies for your picky eaters.

Black Bean Brownies
1 box of brownie mix (make sure it makes a 13x9 size)
1 can of black beans

Rinse beans and place back in the can. Fill remaining space in the can with water. Dump can of water & beans into a blender and puree. Put brownie mix and black bean mixture in a bowl and blend. Spread into a 13x9 pan and bake as directed on brownie box. That's it! It will make 24 fudgey brownies.


Monday, November 01, 2010

Garlic White Bean Soup

A friend asked me for this recipe of a soup I just kinda whipped together (made up my own recipe) for when she came to visit. So, thought I would share it with everyone.

Garlic White Bean Soup

3 carrots, sliced
3 celery stalks, sliced
1 med. onion, chopped
8 cups water
4 squares veggie bouillon
2 cans of white beans (1 can ea of navy beans, garbonza beans, & cannellini beans, drained & rinsed)
pasta (about 1/3 of the box of Barilla mini farelle- sp?)
spinach (whole bag)
6 cloves of garlic
spices to taste (salt, pepper, roasemary, basil)
2 med. yellow squash

Mix everything (but the spinach &noodles) on low for about 8 hours in the crockpot. Add the noodles about 30 minutes left before serving. Add the spinach 5 minutes before serving.