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Super Food, Super Good Black Bean Brownies

Super Food Super Good Black Bean Brownies

Who doesn’t want to partake in a goodie-fest that offers more than just a chocolate rush? (not that I have any problem with THAT, per se………)

HOWEVER:

These moist and squidgy squares of phenomenally fudgy fun are super easy, super yummy and super good for you! Containing not one, not two, but three particularly pumped players, these bulked up brownies will give you a whole lot more nutritional bang for your buck than say…..the regular baked-goods you can buy at the grocery store (no bueno). Consider the lineup:

Quickie Chicken-Corn Chowder

quickie chicken corn chowder

SouP SOUp SOup, fabulous SOUP!

It may not feel like it, as the sizzling summer temperatures outside belie the fact that it is indeed officially FALL; but by gawd if the autumnal equinox didn’t do its astronomical thing a few days ago (September 22, to be precise) and here we are!

This of course means it’s time for all of those good things we humans were bred to view as snuggly and comforting……like flannel shirts, pumpkin spice lattes (have you SEEN the new fall cups at Starbucks? KA-Yoot!), the smell of a fireplace, crunchy autumn leaves and the boots you get to finally wear again to stomp ’em.

One Pot Spinach, Sun Dried Tomato and Artichoke Pasta

One Pot Spinach, Sun Dried Tomato and Artichoke Pasta

I have only ONE recipe on this site that actually includes any form of pasta in its list of ingredients.

Can you believe that? Just One. Okay two, if you count this.

Now I have plenty of recipes that you could use with pasta, or sub in some pasta….but for the most part, my claim to a steadfast breakup with all things noodley and comforting has remained pretty consistent. I love you pasta, with all of my heart, and although it was tough to walk away you were making me fat around the middle and frankly sorta unhappy about it.

Okay then I admit it, we still sneak around occasionally (usually out at dark restaurants), and then there are those times that I just can’t avoid you in public (dinner parties, or somebody nice cooks for you, how can you say no?) but for a pasta prima donna such as myself….I think I did really well for a really long time, you know, shunning your starchy advances.

But this one? This one is such a keeper, I couldn’t keep my guard up another minute.

Confetti Sprinkled Ice Cream Sandwiches on a Stick

Confetti Sprinkled Ice Cream Sandwiches on a StickTake an old school ice cream sandwich, cut it in half, insert a handle, drizzle it with chocolate, pelt it with copious amounts of confetti colored sprinkles….and you will end up with one stupid cute, completely irresistible…

PARTY ON A STICK!

BONUS alert…you get to eat two of these at a sitting because in food math you are consuming what works out to be ONE actual ice cream sandwich per serving. It says so right on box!

(hey, I don’t make the rules…….I’m just here to spread the good word)

Black Bean Breakfast Bowl

Black Bean Breakfast Bowl

Yum-ta-DUM! I’m telling you what.

Make now – eat later….this bountiful bowl of black bean benevolence just made me all around better: at breakfast.

Take a scrumptuously slow sauté of onions, garlic and peppers, toss in some chopped fresh spinach (because that shiz is GOOD for you) and mix it all together with a can of black beans (cans = easy). Sock it away in the refrigerator and when you’re ready; heat it up and let it be the nest for a perfectly cooked egg. Or two.

Just the ticket when you want to put out a decent bite of brekkie without waking up at 5am to do it (hahah, yeah, no), this pot of subtly spiced black beauties will save your sanity when you have a number of people to feed, or you just want to do something nice in the a.m. for someone……….like Yo-Self!

The Bar-B-Cue (ooler)

The bar-b-cue (ooler)Yep. Exactly. BAR-B-CUE-ooooler.

As in cooler. Get it?

BBQ? Cooler? As in the hotter than hot dog days of summer? And you’re out at a BBQ…. and you need a nice refreshing cocktail to make you cooler ….. Bar-B-Cue ….. Bar-b-cue-ooler

I guess I may have thought it was pretty clever at the time.

Shrimp and Mango Flatbread Fold-overs

Shrimp and Mango Flatbread Foldover

I live in south Florida, where we get to live with the obnoxious oppression of sauna-like weather conditions for the better part of half of any given year. Consistently over 90 soggy degrees Every. Single. Day, it’s humid, it’s sticky, and you can pretty much forget about perfect eyeliner or cute hair. Stepping outside in the summer here is only slightly better than stepping into a giant, warm, wet, slightly moldy kitchen sponge.

But probably not by much.

So we grouse and we complain and without fail the first thing anyone says around here is, “It is SO hot, isn’t it? It is just so hot“, like this is the FIRST TIME EVER, and of course everyone nods and agrees and it’s just one big fat complaint fest. Because, well, you know, it IS really so freaking hot. And as with anything in life…..along with the good comes the bad and the bad with the good; so in the midst of all this torrid smarmy heat (“bad”), if you are paying attention, and if you are really, really lucky……

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