On The Beautiful Dish Boyfriend's Mom Got Me!
Back from a two weekends and one week of splurging with good food, easy rotation and less exercise than usual. I've got several interesting things to share, including a second attempt at Black Bean Brownies, spiked with chipotle, that were better than the first batch, but still are really just palatable.

I'll save the running-related chat for later because I just finished a book called Born to Run that I thought was going to be quite boring but turned out to be educational, inspiring and really quite well written. Instead, I'll tell you about my guilty guilty week and weekend! A friend of mine was in town from California so we went out for dinner in Brooklyn to a Columbian place where I had an empanada and a salad, both of which were fantastic. I also garnished those with 2 glasses of sangria, a good handful of plaintain chips and finished it all off with a Churro (covered in sugar and dipped in a LOT of caramel sauce). The next day involved an amazing grilled peach salad with blackberries, greens and carrots and a panko crusted goat cheese. I didn't leave the table without trying some of Boyfriend's melted brie salad, some of OutOfTownFriend's lobster ravioli and spoonfuls of both tiramisu and profiterole! Yesterday was a barbeque with a friend and his family where I had a burger AND a chicken drumstick, corn and loads of salads. All this topped off with a few Corona Lights and an ice cream! I was hurting this morning from all the decadence of the weekend!

I've definitely been having a lot of jar-based breakfasts this week!

I bought a container of Fat Free Plain Kefir which I've been doctoring with caramel and chocolate syrups from the Walden Farms line.

This one is 3/4 cup kefir, 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla (unsweetened) yogurt, probably about 3/4 cup blueberries.


This guy got chocolate syrup and a spoonful of chia seeds!

According to Born to Run these things are HUGE superfoods for running. I know they're super-foods so I'm not overly surprised, but happy that I have a good stock of them in my pantry =)

Finally, I decided to give the Black Bean Brownies another go.

Sugar free maple syrup - 3 tbsp
Cocoa powder - 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp
Black beans (salt free)
Chipotle peppers
Egg whites - 1 serving
Vanilla - 1 tbsp
Agave nectar - 2 tbsp
Sweet and Lo-1

After pureeing everything in a blender you get a nice dark brown mix with a lump or two (that's ok!).

It tasted soooooooo good in raw form, the bowl licking that took place afterwards was almost worth all of the trouble!


Baked at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes on some parchment paper (makes for easier cleanup) in a casserole dish and you get something that looks like this: it's a bit cracked on top and it feels all gooey inside until it cools, but just let it cool and you'll be ok!


The mix made 10 servings at 100 calories apiece.

Not bad, not great. I think I'm going back to the drawing board, maybe back to the dried cherries from before. The chipotle was definitely nice in giving it a kick but I think chipotle-laced chocolate needs to stay in chocolate. The black beans just aren't intense enough to make the chipotle worth while!


Putting it in a little bowl of yogurt and mashing it up DOES give the yogurt a nice kick though. So once again with the BBBs, minimal success, but still good enough to eat =)

Sadly, in addition to coming back to reality in the form of watching what I put into my stomach, it turns out my easier rotation is over after just one week. I'm being pulled in to substitute for another resident who was in the middle of the tough rotation I had just left behind. One more week of hell rotation, here I come =(

See you next time.
Teaser: Breakfast quesedillas!



08/07/2011 09:05

Here is the ketchup recipe as promised. It is a modified version of the one in the Primal Cookbook. Feel free to repost in a better location:
1 - 6oz can of tomato paste
2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 TBSP honey
3 TBSP onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp group cloves
1/8 tsp black pepper

Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. Add more water if you would like a thinner consistency. Store in the fridge. Also we used less honey than the recipe called. Taste and see if it needs more of any of the ingredients. Enjoy!

08/07/2011 09:07

The cookbook is the Primal Blueprint Cookbook by Sisson.

08/11/2011 10:51

Thanks Drew! I'll be sure to tell Serenity!


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