As a teenager, like most teenage girls, I struggled with body image as well as the concept of nutritional eating. It wasn't quite about weight, it was about how I shaped the body I was given. It was my natural reaction, with the pressure of high school dances and a full social calendar to begin a 'diet'. Thankfully, I wasn't quite old, or responsible, enough to make my own grocery choices and Momma wasn't about to see me being a trend of poor decisions based on fads and forms of starvation.
I recall one particular evening where I'd slumped into the passenger seat of our family's mini van and inquired the everyday questions, "What's for dinner?"
My mother, without pause, replied with a single word, "Pizza."
I felt my face scrunch as I bit my lip, remembering the Winter formal that was just weeks away and my recent declaration, which has expressly sworn off all things cheesy and carb. Because she knew her daughter well, Momma was quick to reply before I'd even began to get the first words of protest off my tongue, "Calm down, not that kind of pizza." She went on to explain she'd made some fresh dough in the bread maker and that we'd be enjoying a southwestern inspired pie made with fresh vegetables, handmade marinara, shredded chicken, and black beans. It was delicious.
When I handed my plate in that evening, clean enough to have emerged from the dishwasher, Momma smiled one of those 'knowing' smiles only a parent can have, "You don't have to change what you eat, just how your eat."
There are many varieties of S&W Beans, and ways to enjoy them- we find our diet lacks a lot of fiber that keeps us full and fueled between meals so we like to try and incorporate one variety or another into at least a meal a day. With all of the delicious varieties, we have yet to get bored- they're even delicious heated with some light seasoning as a side dish! Now that I've inspired you, now through April S&W Beans is offering $1 off 2 cans of S&W Beans. Get (and print) your coupon from the S&W Beans website.
What Daughter Says: Enjoy a richer diet when you consider what does into the food you eat.
Super Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
***Click here for printable black bean brownies recipe.
1 (15oz) Can of S&W Organic Black Beans
1/2 C Coconut Oil
1 1/2 C Granulated Sugar
3/4 C Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips
1/4 C Unsweetened Dark Cocoa Powder
1/2 C Flour
2 TBS Ground Flax Seeds
1 TBS Cornstarch
Preheat Oven to 350F
1. Prepare an 8" square baking dish with non stick cooking spray.
2. Combine coconut oil and S&W Organic Black Beans in a food processor/blender and pulse until smooth.
3. Add the sugar and chocolate chips to the food processor/blender and pulse 20-30 seconds to break up the chocolate chips.
4. Add the cocoa powder, flour, ground flax, and cornstarch. Pulse once or twice to combine.
5. Pour the brownie batter into your prepared pan and bake 40-45 MINS, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving. Enjoy warm or chilled.