Welcome to Busy Women Mealtime Makeover! Whether you are one of the lovely busy ladies participating in the makeover or just interested in taking your meals up a notch – girl, do I have some rockin’ recipes for you! From now until June 1st, I’ll be featuring twelve new delicious makeover-friendly recipes. This week, we are focusing on eating more natural sweeteners. (And if you want to join in and get the entire makeover PDF complete with meal plans, shopping lists and recipes, videos and photos of me cooking, weekly emails with additional recipes and kitchen tips and tricks and access to our online forum, you can totally start a few days late – click here and sign up!)
Hannah, you are busy, right? How do you get a decent, healthy meal on the table?
I go simple. Shrimp and salad with broccoli for the kids. Or hamburgers with pickles and the kids favorite chips. I don't do perfect, I do real. My daughter even eats salads now which makes it fun and easy. Sometimes we just eat eggs and fruit. Once I start to chop and cook I really love taking that time.
Why do you make healthy, real food a priority in your life?
Because I must. There is no other way for me. I know that each bite creates my cells and I love myself too much to let myself be sustained by anything less.
What is your favorite thing to make during the spring months?
Anything and salad. My salads are easy, like red pepper, olives, cucumber. That is it. Tiny pinch of salt. We may eat that with simple pasta. I also love suntea, my favorite teas brewing in the sun, oh yes.
What is that one thing that busy people can do this spring to eat a little healthier?
Fast food in your own home. Fast means less processed, simple preparations, as close to the source as you can.
What is your favorite gadget in the kitchen?
I have a knife and a cutting board that are my entire kitchen scene. Just add veggies.
Dark Chocolate Flourless Brownies
7 ounces of dark chocolate chips
½ cup earth balance http://www.
Melt the chocolate in double broiler and melt in the earth balance.
1 cup palm sugar
⅓ cup maple syrup
¾ cup almond meal
In blender or with a hand mixer blend eggs until they start to look a lighter color. Add in the sugar and maple syrup and blend, then the almond meal and blend.
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp baking soda
Mix in the salt and soda.
Slowly temper the egg mixture by adding a small scoop of the chocolate in. Mix. Add a small amount more, mix. Continue until well combined.
1 TB vanilla
Gently stir in vanilla.
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
¼ chopped walnuts (optional but yummy)
Gently stir in chips and nuts if using.
Generously oil with earth balance or other oil a 8X8 baking dish. Pour the mixture in and cook at 350 for about 30 minutes. Don’t overcook, these are yummy if you let them be a bit gooey!
Cool, they are great refrigerated.