Broccoli Leaf and Garlic Pasta Noodles

IMG_1084A couple of days ago, during a grocery store porous, I stumbles upon a produce item that I have not seen sold in stores before, Broccoli leaf. And I was kind of surprised  to see that they were selling bunches of the leaf,  organic,  at 2 bucks a bunch. I was very excited ! But wait.. You can eat broccoli leaves? Heck yes you can! Broccoli leaves  are fantastic. They taste kind of like broccoli, have a hearty texture like a collard, and can be used raw or cooked just like any other green. Its just one more super yummy green to add to your repertoire.  So when I bring home something that I find to be a good score, like a bunch of broccoli leaves, I feel like I have to share it with the mister. (I am so nice) And this dish was how I shared them…. Tossed into a bowl of garlic raging pasta. IMG_1044The stuff…. A bunch of broccoli leaves, lots of garlic, pasta, olive oil, salt and a lemon. Pretty simple right? IMG_1053Fist off, get your water boiling for the pasta. Once its ready, drop a pinch of salt into the water and stick pasta in for the amount of time recommend by pasta box people. While the pasta is boiling, mince up the garlic (I used my garlic press) into a skillet and add in the oil.  Stick on a burner on medium for a few minutes, stirring around to make sure the garlic doesn't stick and burn.  IMG_1069    IMG_1073Once you start to smell the garlic, turn heat onto low, chop up the broccoli leaves (stems and all)  and stir around until wilted and add in the juice of half a the lemon.When the pasta is cooked, remove a few tablespoons of starchy water and  strain the noodles. Add water and pasta right into the skillet with the other stuff.  Toss around, taste, season with salt and pepper.  Go ahead and add some chopped tomato and or parmesan cheese if you want.  IMG_1091And serve your amazingly amazing pasta.  And make sure that you are ok with really smelly garlic breath…Casue it's going to happen. Keep it good! -C


Broccoli Leaf and Garlic Noodles

  • 1 bunch fresh broccoli leaves (about 3 cups chopped)
  • 2 servings of your favorite pasta (spaghetti, penne, vegan, gluten free…..)
  • 8 or so fresh garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon (optional)
  • parmesan cheese (optional)

Start by bringing a pot of water to a boil with a pinch of salt. Add in pasta and cook per instructions on box. While pasta is cooking, mined garlic and add to a skillet with the oil. Place on a burner on medium heat and cook and stir until the garlic becomes fragrant. Chop the broccoli leaves (stems and all) into bit sized pieces and add to the garlic oil and toss around to wilt the leaves. Squeeze in some lemon juice. Once the pasta is done cooking, remove a few tablespoons of the starchy water and strain the pasta. Add the water and the noodles to the skillet, toss to evenly coat the pasta and call it down. Serve in a bowl or on a plate, topped with freshly chopped tomatoes and parmesan cheese if you so shall please and another little squeeze of lemon juice if you like. Watch your mouth.. it will be breathing out garlic like whoa. 

Black Bean Carob Brownies WHAT!

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Don't let the fact that these rich, fudgy, soft, oh so yummy brownies that  have beans in them scare you away, it just means that you can eat more, you know, like half a pan, and not think twice about it. (I think that is perfectly acceptable) And the carob. Well one of the things I always do for my birthday is to buy a new ingredient of some sort that I wouldn't normally buy because it's either too expensive or is hard to find. Carob is neither too expensive or hard to find, but I couldn't find the really expensive stuff that I was looking for so I grabbed a bag of carob powder.  If you have never tried carob, it's a must. It's kind of like chocolate, but more fruity, sweet, not bitter, and caffeine free, while still  containing  all the good health benefits as chocolate.  It's really good…..you will like it. (You can use cocoa instead, but then you are going to miss out on the awesomeness of carob and be left with a plain old normal black bean brownie)

I was also thinking that these would make for a fantastic Super Bowl party snack, you know, brownies and protein.. Sounds like a football type of food right. ( I know nothing of football, but I do know about food parties….brownies are good for food parties) 

Anyways, super fast, super simple, super easy. Make these and feel awesome.  And maybe don't tell people that you made them with beans, they don't need to know, all they will think is that they are eating something good.  

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One bowl. Beans, oil, oats, baking powder carob and vanilla. I used an emulsion blender but a blender or a food processor does the same…..blend together until fully incorporated, smooth and creamy with little speckles of oats. It's so simple and barely a mess to be made.

Into a greases pan and  into the oven for 25- 30 minutes…. Out of the oven when a toothpick comes out clean

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Let cool for at least 10 minutes (ok, maybe 5) and cut into squares of  any size you like.

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Stacked on parchment….oh so pretty

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Ready to go….. To share or to hoard. 

Excellent for so many reasons. They are tasty, gluten-free, vegan, full of proteins and when consumed, make people happy. My little nephew who is so so picky and doesn't like anything even really liked these so right there I knew this recipes was a winner.  

Enjoy your brownies! 

-C


Black Bean Carob Brownies

  • 2 cups cooked black beans (1 can)
  • 3/4 carob powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free quick oats or rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking power

Preheat oven to 375

Place all ingredients in either a food processor, blender, or a large bowl for a hand blender and blend together until  stuff is fully incorporated and smooth. Transfer into a well greases 9x9 baking pan and stick in over for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick  stuck in the middle comes out clean. 

Let cool for some  minutes, cut into squares and serve!