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Black Bean Brownies

24 Jul Black Bean Brownies
Black Bean Brownies

These are the black beans I used!

In my bouts of internet-surfing that occur way too frequently I discover all kinds of interesting recipes. Some of them look delicious, but the ingredient lists are simply too complicated for a poor college student like me to compile everything I would need! I came across this one on and was happy to find how easy the recipe was.

I substituted the raw sugar for regular white sugar, but used less than the recipe listed because it calls for a lot! They were nice and moist – didn’t taste like black beans at all – but definitely were more filling than regular brownies.

If I were to take these somewhere for a party I would probably find a way to add more sweetness via dates, fruit, or maybe cacao chips.

Check out the recipe! I also found an interesting Chick Pea Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe on that is on my to-do list.


Summery Yummery Salad

7 Jun Summery Salad

Summery SaladAs an almost vegetarian with a sensitivity to lactose, I’m always on the hunt for yummy non-meat, non-dairy sources of protein. This week I bought some tofu!

Earlier in the week, I stir-fried some spagetti noodles, peas, carrots, and tofu with soy sauce – yum! I think if I had more patience I could have cooked the tofu until it was more firm and less gooshy – but it smelled so good I couldn’t wait!

Today, I had some kale that I bought in order to make kale chips (recipe here). Unfortunately the weather is so hot and humid today that I couldn’t bear to turn on the oven. Solution? A salad! I mixed ripped up kale, peas, bell peppers, black beans, sliced tofu, and a little bit of cheese.

Yum! So fresh and so green, green. ( If you don’t get that reference please watch this.)


30 May

I cooked barley (pearled barley, to be specific) in my rice cooker. It came out perfectly. I just bought a bunch of fresh tomatoes from the farmer’s market today, so I used two of those (chopped) and some arugula I bought last week. I mixed together barley, tomatoes, arugula, mozzarella cheese, and a can of tuna for protein. Delicious. The thing that took the longest was the barley – but I think I’m just overly impatient (it probably only took about 20 minutes.)

Banana Pancakes (a.k.a. Kamikaze cakes)

22 May

Banana Pancakes on the Skillet

I combined pancake mix, ripe bananas, and currents for breakfast today. Adding bananas is a great way to add sweetness (and substance) to pancakes – thus eliminating sugary, sticky, syrup. I had some currents left over from irish soda bread I make while visiting my parents (recipe to come later). The combo of the flavors reminds me of the Kamikaze cakes that I had at a restaurant here in

Minneapolis called Egg & I.

Banana Muffins for people who don’t buy milk

22 May

Banana Muffins

I made these in an effort to use up a ton of bananas that were about to go bad, as is usually the case when making banana-anything.

Found this recipe on (greatest food website ever) by sorting the recipes by rating (best way to search on that site). They call for only 1 egg and 1/2 cup plain yogurt. Besides that, its the general bananas, flour, sugar, etc. that you would expect to already have in the cupboards.

So easy, and they come out like cupcakes!! To improve the health of the recipe, you could use less sugar/more bananas, and switch a little of the white flour out for wheat.

Lactose Intolerant? Try Almond Milk!

11 Apr

My mother is very much lactose intolerant. Unfortunately, I also have a sensitivity to milk (mainly whole milk, heavy cream, etc.). It’s not every dairy product that makes me feel sick, but out of habit I tend to stay away from milk and other dairy products often, especially in recipes that allow for easy substitutions.

If you haven’t yet – try cooking with Almond Milk. In the past I’ve tried soy milk, hemp milk, and rice milk, and I have found that almond is the closest thing – recipe wise – to dairy milk. It cooks the same – meaning it thickens recipes like dairy milk does – but it doesn’t contain any lactose!

I recommend getting Vanilla Unsweetened, because you can drink it plain or add it to things without getting such a strong almond flavor. Best part? Only 40 calories in an 8 oz glass (serving), but even more calcium than a glass of regular milk.

I just made some chocolate pudding on the stove with almond milk. Delicious! – And dairy free.

Other good things to try if you have a sensitivity to milk? Tofutti, Laughing Cow Cheese (pasteurized), and Rice Dream ice cream. Let me know if you have any fabulous dairy-free recipes!

Hello world!

9 Apr I have become inspired. Or rather…realized my pre-existing inspiration. I LOVE food! I love to cook, especially when I get to try out new (sometimes strange) recipes. Cooking is interesting, and you don’t have to be a classically-taught (read: know-it-all) chef in order to enjoy it.

Thus, I have decided to begin blogging my cooking adventures. Find my blog? Enjoy cooking? Holler, maybe we can swap stories – or even better! – yummy recipes.