Beans, beans…

October 11, 2010 at 9:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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…the magical fruit the more you eat the more you….

Okay, that’s enough of that. ūüėČ

Training Calls for: Rest

Miles Run So Far: 264.2

Days Left: 6

Bonjour, blog babes!

My new routine means I go to class MTuThF from 9-10 and then head on over to work at 11 (yes, I start my work day at 11 — be jealous ūüėČ ¬†I also don’t get out until 7, so in turn, I’ll be jealous of all you 9-5ers). ¬†In the hour in between, I chill in the campus library, use their WiFi and write my posts.

Dear Library,

Get your act together.  Sketchy WiFi for two days straight was un-cool.

Dear Bethany,

Get YOUR act together.  Forgetting your camera was equally un-cool.

But I’m back now and I am ready to reveal just what I was cooking up in the cocina Tuesday night. ¬†Ready for it?

Black beans?

Brownies?

Black Bean Brownies!!!

Yep. ¬†After eating one of these babies at the 30-mile meal, I finally got the courage to try the recipe myself. ¬†I have a hard time wrapping my mind around a dessert made from an ingredient I’m used to seeing in soups, salsas and nachos, but I am nothing if not willing.

It’s all in the name of a potentially good dessert. ūüėČ

I found this recipe online and realized I had everything I needed to make it.  It was like the universe was telling me I needed to strap on my apron and get to work.

Here’s my other motivation for trying this recipe…

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease and has been restricted to a gluten-free lifestyle. ¬†Another family member of mine is already eliminating gluten from her life for dietary and health reasons as well. ¬†It kills me that 99.9999% of baked goodies and enjoyables include FLOUR.

What the heck?

So when I see a recipe that’s gluten-free, I think to myself, “I need to try that for them.” ¬†Since I am NOT gluten intolerant and I know exactly what a treat with gluten tastes like, I figure I can be the¬†discerning¬†palate for these two and taste test these recipes until we find one that will revolutionize the G-free world.

Oh, yes.  I bear that cross proudly ;).

This might have been the easiest recipe I’ve made in a while. ¬†Dump almost all ingredients in a food processor and whirl.

Add chocolate chips sprinkled on top (or you could use chopped walnuts).

Bake.

Enjoy.

So here’s my review of the flour-free freakishly good black bean brownies: ¬†um, pretty close. ¬†Most gluten-free products taste similiar (but not close enough) to the real thing.

These are a darn good imposter. ¬†Sam declared he likes them BETTER than actual brownies. ¬†The texture is kind of odd when you pull them straight out of the oven (really fluffy — think long-lost gluten-free cousin to the Pillsbury dough boy), but when they’ve cooled, they’re chewy and kind of fudgy like a good brownie should be.

The instant coffee the recipe calls for gives the brownies a hearty base flavor — though it isn’t overpowering. ¬†It doesn’t taste like mocha, it tastes like chocolate. ¬†I think the chocolate chips on the top are imperative because they give you a little nugget of chocolate amid an otherwise tastebud confusing treat.

I’m not sure how much healthier they are compared to regular brownies (since you still use sugar, oil and eggs), but they’re made from REAL ingredients, so I give them my stamp of approval!

In other news…

Did you notice we’re just 6 days away from the marathon? ¬†OH. MY. GOSH. ¬†I am a little bit freaking out and mostly just excited. ¬†My 8-mile run on Saturday was so-so. ¬†I think I was bored? ¬†Strange, I know, but running these shorter distances (um, 8 miles is shorter? who am I??) is kind of like old hat. ¬†I think 20 miles went so well because I was engaged in the challenge.

Let’s just hope I feel that same way on M-Day. ¬†Pardon me while I go grab a paper back and start hyperventilating.

Sam, on the other hand, is battling a serious IT band injury. ¬†It hurt him so badly I had to run ahead and get the car to pick him up. ¬†I can’t believe this has happened to him with just a week to go, but I’m trying to maintain a positive attitude and grab my pom poms to be his cheerleader. ¬†We’re in this together, no matter what. ¬†Even if I drag him across the finish line. ¬†Even if I drive all over God’s green earth to find another marathon for him to run. ¬†Even if I put him on my shoulders and carry him the whole way.

Got that, Sam? ¬†It can all turn back around just as quickly as it went south. ūüôā

Leave Sam a little comment love and encouragement, okay?

Roll With It

February 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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no.

No.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

After a two, maybe three day thaw, we’re getting snow. ¬†Again. ¬†Sam shares my feelings on this forecast. ¬†Sadness.

I’m not going to sugar coat it — this weather sucks. ¬†It especially sucks when trying to train. ¬†I’ve enjoyed most of the runs, but not every time I lace up my sneaks am I whistling a happy tune — oh no. ¬†Especially if it means running in the white death.

But what can you do?

You can seek out dessert! ūüôā

Bethany’s Roll With It Ice Cream Treat

Step One: Take a handful of granola and crush into smaller pieces.  Place in a bowl.

Step Two: Sprinkle cinnamon on granola.  Sprinkle generously.  Channel falling snow while you sprinkle.  Shake shake shake.  Mix through granola.

Step Three: Select your favorite vanilla ice cream; I used a low-calorie version. (I suppose you can use other flavors, but this was modeled after fried ice cream, so you’re going out on a limb I won’t climb if you do!) ¬†Scoop a medium size roll. ¬†The key is cold cream and a hot scooper (run it under the hot water tap for a few seconds).

Step Four: Place ice cream roll in granola mixture, move around to get granola mixture to stick.

Step Five: Drop in small bowl and drizzle with honey. ¬†Eat. ¬†Enjoy. ¬†Say, “snow, be damned” or whatever crummy situation you’re rolling with.

The best part about this treat is by the time you’ve crafted one little ice cream roll, you’ll have to hurry and eat it before it melts, so you won’t have time to make a second right away. ¬†So you eat the first, then decide, eh, you don’t need a second because the first just hit the spot. ¬†Built-in portion control. ūüôā

Oh, you’re welcome. ¬†My snowy loss is your dessert gain.

Off to a basketball game!  Have a great night!

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