I’m attending a dear friend’s baby shower tomorrow. I wanted to bring something special to contribute and I thought it would be fun to use some edgy and inspiring ingredients, ingredients that might stretch people’s minds… and possibly inspire new relationships with food.

I chose two recipes. The first I came across in Body & Soul Magazine. I followed a Fudge Brownie recipe but modified it a few steps further… I substituted coconut oil for butter and brown rice syrup for sugar. It already included whole wheat flour and sweet potato puree. I topped it with shredded coconut and pecans. They turned out decadent and delicious!!!

The second recipe was from my favorite foodie site – 101Cookbooks.com. Carrot/Oatmeal Cookies also included whole wheat flour as a base, coconut oil and maple syrup. I added raisins, shredded coconut and lemon zest. Definitely a healthy hit!!!

Are you a recipe follower or do you like to experiment in the kitchen? Have you modified a favorite recipe to amplify its goodness? Do you use whole wheat flour? Would you consider a recipe for brownies that included beets or black beans or sweet potatoes?

There are so many fun ways to boost the nutritional profile of your favorite treats… I’d love to hear your successes!!!

Advertisements

Have you ever eaten the sweet little adzuki bean? This cute pinkish-red, high protein brain food helps regulate sugar, water, and other aspects of metabolism, as well as promotes balanced sexual activity and proper growth and development of the body. According to Paul Pitchford and his book Healing with Whole Foods, legumes have drying and diuretic qualities.

Adzuki beans in particular are thermal in nature and relate to the heart and small intestine. They tonify kidney-adrenal function, detoxify the body, remove heat conditions, remove swelling and support weight loss.

Mix adzuki beans into soups, salads or grain dishes. Drizzle with flax or olive oil. Serve with seaweed or salt to enhance moistening properties.

For recipes and ideas Heidi Swanson’s 101Cookbooks.com showcases a lovely butternut squash-adzuki bean soup among many other remarkable creations…

What is your relationship with beans? Do you eat them regularly? What is your favorite legume dish?