Black Bean Brownies

Hello Everyone! I am back with a new recipe that I’m sure you will love.

Today, I will be sharing my delicious and decadent black bean brownies! These brownies taste so amazing and are very easy to make. They are vegan, gluten free and are a one bowl recipe.

Brownies are one of my family’s favourite treats and I have been trying out different healthy brownie recipes that are guilt free! This recipe takes no time at all and is a great on-the-go snack.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of black beans (I use organic canned beans)

½ cup oat flour

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

½ cup chocolate chips (optional)

½ cup cranberries

1 cup honey

½ tsp baking powder

¼ cup coconut oil

1 pinch of salt
Steps:

  1. Drain and rinse the canned black beans.
  2.  Add all the ingredients to a food processor. If you don’t own a food processor, you can put the mixture in a blender. I highly recommend a food processor for a smooth batter consistency.
  3. Blend the batter until smooth.
  4. Grease a brownie pan tray with coconut oil or any other oil of choice.
  5. Pour the batter into the tray and bake at 350 F for 15-18 minutes.
  6. Allow the brownies to cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

If you try this recipe, please tag me @cookingwithkamal in your photo. I would love to see you recreate these brownies. Check out my instagram @cookingwithkamal to see when I post a new recipe, and my food photography!

Always remember, eat healthy and be happy!

 

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Phirni (Rice pudding)

Phirni is a delicious dessert made with rice and milk.  This dessert is usually enjoyed during festivals like Diwali, Holi and Karva Chauth.

Ingredients:

2 litres full milk

½ cup of good quality basmati rice

1 ½ cups sugar

¼ cup slivered almonds

¼ cup raisins

8 strands of saffron

½ tsp of green cardamom powder

For garnish:

1 tsp slivered almonds

8-10 chopped pistachios

5-6 strands of saffron

Making Phirni:

  1. Wash rice thoroughly and soak them in little water for ½ an hour.
  2. After ½ an hour drain rice and grind them to a very fine or little coarse consistency (your preference) and keep it aside.
  3. Boil milk in a heavy base pot. Simmer down the stove to medium and keep stirring it for ½ an hour to reduce the milk quantity.
  4. In a small bowl, add 8 strands of saffron and 2 tb spoons of boiled milk and stir.  Keep it aside.
  5. Add the ground rice to boiling milk and keep stirring to avoid lumps.  In this step you cannot leave the milk unattended, keep stirring until it thickens and rice are cooked, about 5-6 minutes.
  6. Add sugar, cardamom powder, raisins and saffron (kept aside in milk).  Stir well and mix everything for 3-4 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
  7. Phirni is ready, take it off the flame.
  8. Pour phirni in a bowl and garnish with almonds, chopped pistachios and saffron strands.
  9. Keep it in fridge covered for 3-4 hours and serve it cold.

 

Please give this recipe a try and please leave your comments and questions below.

Eat healthy and be happy!

 

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is an excellent alternative to rice and is easier to cook.  It is much healthier choice as it is high in protein.  

Ingredients:

2 cups quinoa

1 cucumber

2 carrots

3 celery stalks

1 orange or red pepper

1 cup boiled chickpeas

1 cup boiled kidney beans

½ cup cranberries

½ cup chopped cilantro

4 cups of water to cook quinoa

¼ cup of homemade vinaigrette

Ingredients for Vinaigrette:

¼ cup olive oil

Juice of 3 lemons

1 ½ tsp of dry basil

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients for vinaigrette in a small jar.  Close the jar and shake it well. Your vinaigrette is ready!

Making Quinoa Salad:

  1. Chop all the vegetables into bite size pieces and put aside.
  2. Boil quinoa in water for 10 min and take off the stove.  Keep it covered and leave it aside for 5 min and fluff it with fork.
  3. Add all the cute vegetables to the quinoa.
  4. Add cilantro and cranberries.
  5. Pour vinaigrette on top and mix well.
  6. Refrigerate for about 2 hours and serve it cold.

You can enjoy this quinoa salad as a snack, as full lunch or as a side with fish or chicken.  

Please try this recipe and if you have any questions or comments please leave it below. Enjoy!

Eat healthy and be happy!!

Chicken Chow mein

Chow Mein is a popular Chinese stir fry dish.  In this quick and easy recipe, along with chicken, you can use any vegetables and make it colourful and nutritious.

Ingredients:

2 pounds of chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces

2 red peppers cut into bite size pieces 

2 yellow peppers cut into bite size pieces

4 bok choys roughly chopped

½ lbs mushrooms cut into bite size pieces

One bunch of green onions

2 carrots julienned 

1 small onion cut into small pieces

3 small cloves of garlic finely chopped

1 inch of grated ginger

2 tb spoons of cooking oil

⅓ tsp Black pepper

½ tsp of salt

½ tsp of dry basil

7-8 leaves of fresh basil

1 ½ tb spoons of soya sauce

4-5 drops of sesame oil

1 tb spoon of oyster sauce

1 ½ tb spoon of chinese cooking wine

Chow Mein noodles

Making Chow Mein:

  1. Boil chow mein noodles as per the instructions on the packet and keep aside
  2. In a wok heat oil.  Add ginger and garlic and stir for 2-3 minutes on medium high.
  3. Add chicken and cook it until it is not pink anymore.
  4. Add in onions and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add all your vegetables and stir fry for 3-4 minutes.  Add salt, black pepper and dry basil.  Don’t overcook the vegetables, they should be crunchy.
  6. Add in the cooked chow mein noodles, soya sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, cooking wine and fresh basil.  Mix well and serve hot.  Enjoy!

Please try this recipe and leave your comments and questions below.
Eat healthy and be happy!