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Gluten-Free Black Bean and Sea Salt Brownie

1 1/2 cups drained and well rinsed black bean
1/4 cup maple syrup (or agave)
1/3 cup veg oil
1/4 c cocoa powder
1/2 tsp sea salt (or kosher)
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
3/4 cups milk chocolate chips

  • preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 baking pan
  • in a food processor (or blender) puree the first three ingredients until smooth
  • add the cocoa, baking powder, vanilla, half of the salt
  • once blended then add the eggs; blend again
  • mix in a 1/2cup of the chips by hand and pour into the pan
  • top with the remaining chips and salt and bake for 25-30min
  • don't over bake....these are better when they are fudgy

Chicken Faux-Pho

1lb of boneless chicken breasts or thighs
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 tbsp. oyster sauce
1 white onion (cut into quarters)
1 tbsp. each black peppercorns and coriander seeds
3 pc star anise or cloves
1 stalk lemongrass or a 1" knob of ginger chopped (optional)
2 cups frozen or fresh veggies (thinly sliced)
rice noodles
sriracha/hoisin (to taste)
bean sprouts, fresh cilantro, basil or lime (optional)

  • in a large pot add the first 7 ingredients plus 16 cups water.
  • bring to a light simmer and cook until chicken easily pulls apart
  • remove the chicken, shred, and divide between the serving bowls
  • cook rice noodles and divide between serving bowls
  • strain the whole spices out of the broth
  • cook veggies in the warm broth for 1-2 minutes
  • pour broth and veggies over the noodles and chicken
  • garnish with optional sauces or fresh ingredients

Pantry protein bars

1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp. coconut (or veg) oil
3/4 cups natural nut butters (any)
1/2 cups ground or finely chopped nuts
1/4 cup protein powder (optional)
1/4 tsp salt (omit if the nuts you are using are salted)
1 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal (preferably brown)
2/3 cups dark chocolate (melted)

  • line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper
  • in a small pot over medium heat bring the honey to a boil
  • turn off the heat and add the oil and nut butters; stir to combine
  • then stir in 1/4 cup of the nuts, the protein powder, salt and cereal
  • pack the mixture in the pan and chill for 30min in the fridge
  • to finish; melt the chocolate and drizzle over the chilled mixture, sprinkle over remaining nuts
  • bars are best when kept in the fridge and cut when needed
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