I have a confession to make. I ate THREE brownies before bed last night….and then I ate two brownies for breakfast this morning… And even now, as I write this, I am eating brownie crumbs… And I don’t really feel guilty about this very much at all. Why? Because they’re BLACK BEAN Brownies. Which you might think sounds gross, but they’re so not.
I know this post is supposed to be about Soup. I will get to that, I promise. But can I just share this AMAZING brownie recipe with you? Isabel, who blogs over at isabeleats.com, really hit the nail on the head with this one.
And here’s the thing: It’s not even Friday yet, but it has been a week. I won’t get into all the details. Let’s just say, I was distracted when making these brownies and I may have put NUTMEG in the blender instead of Cinnamon. Yes, I did that. But I decided to roll with it and see what happened. The results were AMAZING. Or maybe I just like nutmeg… Whatever the case, I was a happy camper with this batch of fudgy, “nutmegy” goodness.
Aside from the nutmeg snafu/brilliance, I made a couple of other adaptations to these tasty treats:
- I used coconut oil instead of butter to make them dairy-free
- I used maple syrup instead of sugar (and a little less than called for) to keep the processed sugar to a minimum.
- I used dark chocolate chips on top
If you’re feeling brave, throw in a bit of nutmeg when you make these and let me know what you think!
Okay, now onto soup (as promised). First up was a big batch of Thai Beef Stew. I used this recipe from Danielle at Against All Grain. Definitely one of my new faves! Did I mention that this has been quite a week? Well, I somehow managed to forget to include the broccoli. Even still, I think it turned out well. It’s a rich soup, so definitely best over rice.
And then there’s this gem I came across from Winona over at Pearls and Sneakers: Creamy Paleo Potato Soup. Definitely another keeper! I made just a couple of adaptations:
- I added a 12oz pkg. of riced cauliflower blended with broth to make it extra creamy.
- I added kale at the end for some extra nutrition.
Bacon is definitely the best topping, IMHO!
So, that’s what I’ve got for ya this week. Don’t forget: you can enter to win Esther’s Seasonings Variety Pack by participating in the Spring Soup & Salad Challenge in any capacity over the course of the next ten weeks. (Yep – that includes taste testing!) Your participation will be tracked by comments on blog posts. For every comment, your name will be entered into the “hat” (more comments = more chances to win)! Hope to hear from you!