This week it’s all about things that are new. Take this baby chick, for example! Brand new to the world, this is one of our future hens that just hatched TODAY. We can’t wait to bring the gals home. Looks like it’ll be next week!
I’m all about trying new (and sometimes odd) recipes. Ever heard of black bean cookies? They’re a healthy, and interesting, alternative to your basic chocolate cookie, which is generally loaded with sugar, oil and eggs. I must say, while these are not super sweet, I enjoyed them. Very low in calories and super chocolaty, why not give these newbies a try?
Black beans, cooked – 1 cup (I used canned)
Peanut butter – 2 tbsp (I used all natural, but use whatever you like or have on hand)
Water – 2 tbsp (the original recipe called for milk)
Cocoa powder, unsweetened – 4 tbsp
Honey – 1/3 cup (the original recipe called for 1/3 cup brown sugar)
Cinnamon – 1 tsp
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Sea salt, coarse (for topping) – a pinch (I used smoked sea salt)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Rinse the beans thoroughly in cold water. Drain, then add into a food processor with peanut butter and water. Blend until smooth. Then add honey.
3. In a separate bowl whisk the dry ingredients together. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just combined.
4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to scoop the dough on the baking sheet.
5. Bake for 20 minutes. As soon as they come out, sprinkle a little of the sea salt on top of each cookie. Set aside a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
(The original recipe said this batter made 10 cookies at 87 calories a piece. I ended up with 19 cookies, and I’m pretty certain these delights are somewhere between 40-50 calories each. It also called for two tbsp whole wheat flour, but I didn’t see the point so I left it out.)
Food: Ever heard of Green Garlic? I certainly never had, so this was totally new to me! But luckily during my first visit to the Schlafly Farmer’s Market I stumbled upon this awesome find. It resembles green onion in appearance, but it has a mild garlic flavor and smell. At just $1 for the entire bunch I scooped up the last of what they had to offer. My friend Valerie even took some since there was a ton of it in just one bunch. And because sharing is fun.
Health: Since it has been nicer out lately my friend Sarah and I have been doing something new: taking walks after lunch. Taking a 15-20 minute walk a few minutes after eating helps the digestion process and gets in some decent exercise. Plus there are the added bonuses of getting out of the office for a few minutes, as well as getting some fresh air.
Homestead: The garden is coming along! We are finally seeing the first sprouts and leaves for the various foods we planted. Here’s a sneak peek of our potato tower. Can you see the green leaves? I can’t wait to see all of the new vegetation to pop up next!
Becky shares her knowledge of food, health and homestead every week here on The Daily Wild. Want to read more? Visit her series, On My Plate.