brownies with black beans, double chocolate & walnuts

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Thank you Mama Nature! When I got wise to the fact that black beans, God bless ’em, could be used to create a deep, dark, deliciously dense chocolate brownie, I felt like Gloria Steinem circa 1970 – we’re talkin’ bra-burnin’, smokin’-in-public, takin’-birth-control and you’re-darn-right-I-make-more-than-him liberation! So on that note – black beans bring the texture, cocoa powder brings the flavour and you bring your imagination. With these in your sweet storehouse, you’ll be serving dessert first and often!

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These babies are fully-loaded – with fibre, thanks to the black beans, antioxidants thanks to the cocoa powder, heart-healthy fat thanks to the olive oil and a whack of omega-3’s thanks to the walnuts! Now how many sweet decadent delights can bring all that to the table? So the next time you’re craving chocolate, whip up a batch of these and sit there, right out in the open, as you enjoy your new found freedom – no more sneakin’ around – even Gloria Steinem would burn her bra over these!

eggs in pepper rings

eggs in pepper rings

Did you know that we all own a never-ending set of ring molds that take up absolutely no space in our gadgets-we-rarely-use drawer? I know, I know – I didn’t either – but we do! Meet Mr. Red Pepper, sliced into thick rounds, makes the perfect ring mold minus the fuss of oiling & washing…

hummus with spice & parsley

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Hummus is a favourite goto dip we can all enjoy without the guilt! Armed with a can of chick peas and a jar of tahini you too can be snacking on something healthy where the variations are endless.

wild rice salad with toasted nuts & grapes

wild rice salad

Wild rice in a salad is a great way to enjoy this pricey seed – cook up a cup or two , and have it on hand to toss into all sorts of dishes – soups, omelettes, frittatas, muffins, cookies, pancakes, crêpes – enjoy it in combination to extend your stash!

chickpea peanut sauce

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Peanut sauce made with chick peas, not vats of peanut butter is not only a healthy way to get garbanzos in your diet, but when pulverized in the food processor, mimics the texture of high fat peanut butter. This is a delicious sauce to accompany anything on your plate – chicken, pork, burgers, fish, salads, wraps … limited only by your imagination!

quinoa-crusted quiche

Quiche is a method – bring a grain-based crust together, load it up with vegetables and protein, held together with eggs and milk, and you’ve got yourself a meal for anytime of day.

zucchini bread with lemon zest & almonds

zucchini bread with lemon zest & almonds

Quick breads come together in no time, freeze beautifully and best of all – you can load ’em up with all sorts of powerhouse ingredients. Think carrots, zucchini, kale, squash, spinach – all sorts of vegetables can be hidden in a delicious quick bread packed with all things tasty– chocolate chips, dried fruit or toasted nuts.

pasta frittata with veggies & ham

For every cup of leftover pasta, whisk in an egg or 2, and I mean any pasta (and any eggs) – whether it’s loaded with vegetables, spicy sausage, succulent seafood, smoked chicken, meatballs – and whether it’s sauced with tomatoes, cream, pesto, olive oil – it’s all fair game to morph into a frittata.

tabbouleh

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Whole-grains make the best salads – they improve with time, could not be better for you and the possibilities are endless – and what joins & dresses the grains makes these salads something to get to know, and tabouli is the perfect place to start.

roasted red pepper purée

roasted red pepper puree

Red pepper purée is a rich man’s ketchup, minus the price tag. It could not be easier to make and can be used in dressings, dips, sauces, stews, soups – anywhere you want a flavour boost.