“Healthy” Brownies

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I have a sweet tooth, I mean I can’t go out to a restaurant a not order dessert, no matter how full I may be I always have space for dessert. However during the week I try not to eat that many sweets. That’s why I wanted to find a recipe for “healthy” desserts… so, after a lot, and I mean A LOT of research I decided to make some black beans brownies…That’s right, you read correctly, black beans brownies!

I really don’t like any kinds of beans, but I thought I should give this recipe a try. And it turned out to be great!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans (rinse very well)
  • 1 cup of cocoa
  • 1/2 shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup 70% dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sugar or sweetener
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • A pinch of baking powder
  • Chopped walnuts for topping (optional)

Just mix it all together (except the chocolate chips) in a blender or food processor and pour the mix into your baking dish ( I used oven proof cupcake liners) and add the chocolate chips on top and walnuts. Bake at 350 F for about 30 min.

I hope you like it!

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Prosciutto, fig and blackberry salad

Ok people I think this is one of the best salads I have ever made! It has so many rich and complex flavors  that you might feel a bit overwhelmed by its deliciousness!

For this type of recipes I like to have the best quality ingredients, so you can really enjoy all the flavors and the combination of ingredients.

For this salad I used: ( 1 portion)

  • About 3 slices of prosciutto
  • 2 green figs, sliced in quarters
  • 6 blackberries
  • Spinach
  • 1 or 2 tbs of goat cheese
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Honey

I made a bed of spinach and on top of it I put the prosciutto, figs and blackberries, then I sprinkled the goat cheese and to finish it I drizzled with the balsamic glaze and honey. (you could add a touch of salt and pepper)

Bon appétit!

 

Flank Steak with roasted vegetables

For the past year I’ve only been eating red meat once a week, don’t get me wrong I love a juice steak, but I rather cook on the lighter side during the week and save the steak for when I go out. However once in a while I do cook red meat like this flank steak.

I like cooking flank because it cook really fast and it has almost no fat, if you buy a good piece. For this meal I seasoned it with salt and pepper, nothing else, and I prepared a herb butter, for which I just mixed about 1 tbs of quality butter with garlic, parsley and rosemary. To cook the meat, you want to have a medium to high grill and if you like your meat medium rare like me, you on;y cook it about 7 – 8 min per side.

As a side dish I prepared some oven roasted vegetables, in this case, red onion, summer squash, zucchini, read and yellow bell pepper. I seasoned it with a bit of olive oil, salt and butter. Make sure that all the vegetables are very well coated with the oil, so they won’t stick together or to the baking dish. To cook them, just put them in the oven at 400 F for about 20 min.

Enjoy! let me know how it goes for you!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes

One of my favorite meals of the day is breakfast, I love to start my day with a lot of energy and the only way to get that extra kick is from having a tasty nutritious breakfast. I also love that it could be salty, sweet or both!

My family has a saying that goes like this : ” Eat breakfast like a king, have lunch like a prince and eat dinner like a commoner”… so I try to stick to it as much as possible.

Having said that, I love pancakes, but usually they are not that healthy, so after a little bit of research I came across this recipe that I have been adjusting  every time I make it, to suit my personal taste. I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as I do.

Ingredients: (for 3 pancakes)

  • 1 cup of uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbs chia seed
  • Vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 tbs 70% cacao chocolate chips

Preparation:

Mix in a blender the oatmeal, egg, banana, chia seeds and vanilla extract. Once it’s mixed add the chocolate chips. Pour mix into a pan until the mix has bubbles and you know it’s time to flip it to cook the other side.

Topping:

While I’m making the pancakes,I put to low heat in a small sauce pan, mixed berries with 1/2 tbs of butter. Before I pour it on the pancakes I mashed it a little bit.

Bon appetit!

Pineapple ginger green smoothie

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Every morning while I make my green juice my boston terrier puppy, Kala, gets super exited because she’s a fruit lover like me! You have to see her, she goes crazy with the smell of fresh fruit, she jumps up and down until I give her some; fruits are a great treat for when I train her, specially green apple.

This morning I tried a new combination of fruits for my green smoothie, the ingredients were:

1 cup baby spinach

1/2 cup pineapple

1 clementine ( It’s like a tangerine but smaller and sweeter, Kala loves them!)

A pinch of fresh ginger

Water and a couple of ice cubes (just enough for the blender to work properly)

My smoothie came out amazing! It was super fresh and the touch of ginger gave it a nice kick at the end.

Let me know if you try it!

Green Morning Goodness

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I like to call this green juice, morning goodness because every time I drink it I cal feel all the benefits from the fruits and spinach working.

I always try to start my day with a green smoothie before hitting the gym, so I can have enough strength to have a good work out, this baby is really simple to make; what I do to have a better measure and not waste any ingredients is that I put all the ingredients inside the glass I’m going to use to drink it, in this case was a Bell Mason Jar 500 ml.

Ingredients:

Half a banana, one cup of baby spinach, 1/2 cup of pineapple, 1/2 cup of mango and 1 spoon of chia seeds.

A word of advise when making green smoothies, sometimes bananas can overpower the rest of the fruits, that’s why I only use half of it, I still like to use them in almost all my recipes because it bring a sweet flavor like no other fruit.

Hope you enjoy it!

Salmon and shrimp tartare

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I always like to buy at least 2 lbs of salmon, cut it into individual portions and freeze it, that way I always have some in hand for when I don’t really feel like cooking an elaborate meal.

I made this tartare for dinner with my boyfriend, we are both trying to lose a little weight and this recipe it’s perfect to have for dinner because it’s very light and very tasty.

For this I used: Raw salmon, cooked shrimps (the ones you buy in the store that come frozen already peeled), red onion, cilantro, soy sauce, fish sauce and little bit of hot sauce, and I topped it with a few slices of kiwi for decoration.

Enjoy!