Thursday, December 16, 2010

Two Recipes for the Holidays

Okay, we all know that the holiday season is a tough time to attempt healthy eating. What we love about the season are the desserts and the snacks, right? So here are two recipes that are delicious and healthy, and won't make you feel like you're being cheated during the holidays. And, if you have any recipes to share back with us in your comments, please do! We'd love to collect more recipes that won't make us feel like we're carrying around a "Santa" look as we start the New Year.

This recipe is a variation of traditional hummus, and goes great with pita bread, pita chips, or if you're feeling really healthy, baby carrots.

Black Bean Hummus:
1 cup black beans
1 cup chickpeas
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. plain yogurt
2 Tbsp. water
1 clove garlic
1 1/2 tsp. curry powder
1 1/2 salt and pepper to taste
Place black beans, chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, yogurt, water, and garlic in food processor. Season with curry powder, salt, and pepper. Cover and blend until smooth.

This recipe calls for fresh blueberries but in some areas they may be hard to find, so you can use frozen blueberries. Thaw them out completely first.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Blueberry Cake
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup sugar
6 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 egg
1 cup Cool Whip
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In medium mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In blender combine water, blueberries, and egg. Cover and blend until smooth. Add to flour mixture. Whisk until well combined. Pour into greased 8x8 pan. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack and then invert onto serving plate. In small mircrowave bowl, combine Cool Whip and chocolate pieces. Cook 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Let stand 5 minutes and then pour onto cooled cake, spreading evenly. Cut cake into squares to bake, and top with fresh blueberries.

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