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What is your morning routine like?

Are you the rushed and stressed-out type who spends 10 minutes searching for keys every morning? Or, the (somewhat annoying) type who can leisurely wake-up without an alarm, do some yoga, and spend an hour slowly getting ready, including a nice relaxing breakfast?

I aim for the latter, but somehow (AKA I spend too long on Twitter or watching the morning news) find my way closer to the former.

Did you know that you should try and wake-up at the same time every morning even on weekends? Going to bed late and sleeping in on the weekend really messes with your circadian rhythm. There is actually a term for this: social jet leg. Our social calendars and our internal clock don’t mix well. It’s like you’re flying to a different time zone and back every weekend, which is not so great for your health.

Summer has arrived and along with it are a plethora of weekend backyard parties with friends and family. BBQs are often a staple of these soirées. With the summer heat, we are always looking for lighter flavour packed dishes to put on the grill that will even impress all those carnivores.

In addition to vegetables being fantastic for your health, there are other reasons why you might want to consider using vegetables instead of meat on the BBQ. Grilling vegetables is a healthier option as they do not produce heterocyclic amines (HCAs), which are carcinogenic compounds that result from grilling meats at high temperatures.

Halloumi & Vegetable Greek Kebabs

I feel like it has been a while since I did some baking and I have been urged by many tasters of this recipe to put it on my blog. So here it goes…

Black Bean Brownies

Sometimes you just have one of those days where you deserve a treat….I have them often.

For those of you that don’t know me, I am a huge klutz. Last week alone I managed to somehow allow my latte to explode  in the microwave (yup, 16oz of latte over the entire microwave). I also, somehow,  plunked the large chunk of daikon I was munching on straight into my roommates glass of orange juice ( I could not have aimed that good if I tried), then I spilled my pricy truffle salt all over my kitchen counter, and topped off the week by tripping over my sweat towel I dropped on the treadmill…while I was running!

So, these delicious fudgy brownies where a much needed treat!

Black Bean Brownies

There is no flour in these brownies (hence they are gluten free), they are purely bean based (almost 1/4 cup per brownie)! But don’t let that discourage you, no one would ever be able to guess it was beans in them. I love bringing these little gems to potlucks and getting people to try and guess the secret ingredient. No one has guessed it yet! I even made these brownies for over 50 kids at camp last summer and they all loved them!

**These brownies are the best eaten straight out of the fridge a day or two after baking, they get nice and fudgy that way (and hold together better). They also freeze really well!**

I made them for my roommate and her boyfriend topped with a dark chocolate, peanut butter, tofu mousse — although I advised my roomie not to tell her boyfriend he was eating a bean brownie topped with tofu ;) — they both LOVED IT!

Gold Star nutrient: Manganese, black beans are a great source of this mineral. Manganese helps our bodies break down carbs and fat and also helps us build strong bones and teeth

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
 
No one will ever guess these brownies are packed with beans!
Ingredients
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed & drained (about 1 & ¾ cups)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons oil (I use canola of olive oil)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder (Fry's or Hershey's)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoon instant coffee
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 square baking dish.
  2. Combine the black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, sugar, and instant coffee in a blender; blend until smooth; pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the mixture.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and just starting to crack (look close), about 30 minutes. Don't over cook them!

 


 

Take these to your next potluck and see if anyone can guess the secret ingredient! Let me know if they guess it right or what you think of these brownies by commenting below! I love to hear from you :)

Happy Family Day everyone!

I was so intrigued when I first heard about socca. It seemed like something I would totally love, it’s healthy, easy to make and great for bringing to parties!

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This is such a versatile little flat bread, just think of your favorite flavor combo and add it in! I tried it plain first because I was curious about the base flavor but I recommend add ins to amp it up! Fresh and dried spices, cheese(s), olives, sun-dried tomatoes, shredded zucchini (drained), caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms – you name it!

One of my favorite combos is adding sauteed mushrooms, onions and sundried tomatoes to the batter and then serving the socca cut into strips with a truffle oil dip (1/2 cup plain greek yogurt mixed with 1.5-2 tsp truffle oil and a dash of salt).

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For my first attempt I made it a little thicker, kind of like an unleavened pancake, but I prefer a thinner crispier (and cheesier) socca now. You can use it as a wrap, pizza crust, flat-bread, savory crepe or use it in place of naan or a pita.

1 cup of chickpea flour has 21g of protein, 10g of fiber and 25% daily value for iron (for men, women have higher needs) and as an added bonus this flatbread is gluten free for all those with sensitivities and allergies out there!

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Socca – Chickpea Flatbread

-1 cup chickpea flour (I found it at superstore labeled Besan)
-1 cup lukewarm water
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1.5 tablespoons olive oil

Add Ins and/or topping ideas

-red pepper flakes, garlic, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika ….
-3 tablespoons fresh basil, roughly chopped
-1 cup shredded zucchini (make sure to squeeze out all of the excess moisture)
-caramelized onions
-sauteed mushrooms
-shredded cheese
-olives/olive tapenade
-sundried tomatoes
-1.5 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
-sauteed greens
-shredded potato
-chutney
-fried/scrambled eggs

Instructions

1. Sift the flour and whisk together with the water, olive oil,  salt and any other preferred dried spices in a small bowl. Let rest for 1/2- 2 hours or up to 12 hours (in a pinch I have skipped the resting). Then stir in any other desired add ins.

2. Set an oven rack six inches below your oven’s broiler and turn it on. Heat a cast iron skillet or oven proof frying pan on the stove over medium-high heat.

3.  Coat the bottom of the pan with a tbsp of olive oil. Whisk the chickpea batter and then pour 1/3 – half into the hot pan. Tilt the pan to help it spread evenly if needed.

4. Cook the socca a few minutes until set and browned on the bottom. Then pop under the broiler until you see the top of the socca begin to blister and brown. The socca should be flexible in the middle but crispy on the edges (or however you like it… it depends on the use how crisp or flexible you want it- I prefer it crispier)

5. Slice it into wedges or squares, sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little good olive oil. Top with any desired toppings or use for your favorite dip. Repeat with any remaining batter.

Best served immediately while still warm, but can be refrigerated and re-toasted for up to a week.

(Socca can also be baked in a 450 F oven. Pour batter into a hot, greased baking dish and then broiled to finish. You really can’t go wrong, experiment and cook it however you like it best!)

Ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef, especially if you are eating more than 1-2 servings a week, but it is usually less flavorful. This loaf is a great and easy solution. The flavors blend so well and the loaf is so moist and delicious.

It is a really easy recipe to throw together (and tailor to your own tastes). I made it the day before I cooked it and just kept it in the fridge in the loaf pan. It helped develop the flavor and then it was ready to just throw in the oven when I got home.

I forgot to take pictures of this recipe, but I doubt I could have made meatloaf look pretty anyway. This loaf is beautiful on the inside ;)

Mediterranean Turkey Meatloaf

1 egg
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 lb ground turkey (I used a bit less than 1 lb)
1/4 c breadcrumbs
~10 oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
~12 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
1/3 small red onion, minced
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 c feta cheese, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
2 t fresh oregano, chopped (or 2 tsp dried)
2 t fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tsp dried)
2 thin slices prosciutto (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (if baking right away).

Crack the egg into a medium-sized bowl, add mustard and soy sauce and beat with a fork. Add the turkey, breadcrumbs, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, red onion, garlic, cheese, salt, pepper, and herbs to the bowl. Using the fork, fold all the ingredients into the turkey until well-combined – but don’t over mix. Turn the mixture into a greased 5″x9″ loaf pan (a muffin tin can also be used for individual portions) and smooth the top, then place the two slices of prosciutto (if using) on the top of the meatloaf. Refrigerate overnight or bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until internal temperature has reached 165 degrees.



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