Archive for August, 2010

Black Bean Patties / Black Bean Burgers

These are so good that Patrick took a bite (after I held it out and said “try it. TRY IT. I promise!”) and said “Oh wow those are good!” So there you have it, scientific proof that you have to make these, because they are delicious.

Bonus: look at how many of the ingredients fall on the list of 40 Best Age-Erasing Foods. YOU WILL GET YOUNGER IF YOU EAT THESE!*

Black Bean Patties

1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup chopped leeks

1/4 cup grated carrots

3 Tbsp tomato paste

3/4 cup oat flour (oats processed in the food processor)

kosher salt

black pepper

lots of parsley

2 Tbs olive oil (more or less, for pan frying)

Plop everything into a bowl and mash a little with a fork so that about half of the beans are mashed and half are still whole. Heat some olive oil in a pan over medium high heat and when it’s ready form four patties. Cook until brown on both sides. Sprinkle just a touch more salt on hot patties.

I ate mine on a big salad of greens, tomatoes, carrots, and a little leftover quinoa.

For each (I didn’t include the olive oil for frying since you can use as much or little as you want:

148 calories
1.35 g fat
27 g carbs
5.6 g fiber
7.8 g protein

*just kidding

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Energy Snack Bar

Energy Bars
2 cups oats
1 cup oat flour
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2/3 cup agave nectar (could use honey or maple syrup)
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 flax egg (1 Tbsp flaxmeal + 3 Tbs water)
1/2 cup chopped prunes
2 Tbs raw almond butter

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and stir. Press into a baking dish and put in the fridge for a couple hours. Remove and cut into 12 bars (mine are about the size of a Lara bar), then put in the freezer for a bit. When they’ve set remove them and wrap each one individually and store in the fridge.

My biggest challenge with these was not devouring the entire batch at once. Delicious!

For each:
213 calories
8 g fat
33 g carb
2.7 g fiber
4.3 g protein

Raw Granola Recipe

I was experimenting and trying to create a snack bar but ended up with something that didn’t hold in bar form but clumped enough to be a perfect granola. Also, it tastes absolutely delicious so who cares you eat it by hand or spoon, right?


Raw Granola Recipe

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped dried plums (aka prunes)
1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3 Tbsp raw almond butter
3 Tbsp agave nectar (could use honey as well)
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Toss the oats, prunes, and walnuts with cinnamon and salt. Add the almond butter, agave nectar and olive oil. Add to a baking dish and press down. Put in the fridge to set for at least an hour.

Crumble over yogurt, ice cream, or eat plain.

For six servings:

329 calories
17.5 g fat
40 g carbs
4.2 g fiber
7.5 g protein

Healthy Dessert: Chocolate Cherry Better Than Ice Cream

Anti-aging foods meets chocolatey, creamy, sweet dessert. It’s hard to eat just one serving so savor it! Or, you know, reserve extra calories during the day so you can double this and get twice as much. That might be my strategy for tomorrow. You know, for the anti-aging benefits.

Chocolate Cherry Better Than Ice Cream

1/2 cup frozen (unsweetened) cherries
1 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder (not dutch processed)
1 Tbs agave nectar

Put the cherries in a food processor (for such a small amount I think the magic bullet is better for this). Process until the consistency of sorbet (at first you’ll get little bits of confetti – keep processing and it will come together). Then mix in the cocoa powder and agave nectar until all combined. Attempt to eat slowly and savor. Do not be embarrassed to lick the bowl.

Makes one serving: 120 calories.

Recipe: Anti-Aging Breakfast Shake

Ever since this list basically became my grocery list I’ve been making every effort to primarily eat these foods. Part of that effort is my fabulous breakfast shake which not only makes me feel fantastic, but also keeps me full until lunch time.

Amy’s Anti-Aging Breakfast Shake

1 serving Amazing Grass Amazing Meal Chocolate Infusion
1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 Tbs organic almond butter
1 Tbs ground flax meal

Put everything in a blender and mix to desired consistency. Delicious!! Occasionally I’ll also add 1-2 Tbs of cocoa powder (remember: not Dutch processed!) For the antioxidants, of course.

Shake is about 370 calories.


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