The 10 Weeks of Chili, Week 8: Disaster!

I’ve really been dragging my feet about this week’s chili recipe.  I wanted to sample a wide-variety of chilis for my series, which included one that just didn’t look good.  It called for 2 cans of tomato paste.  Gross.  That’s a lot of tomato paste!  But, I, at last, dutifully gave it a try!  I made this chili Wednesday night and am still feeling a bit sick from the memory of it.  Yuck.  Yuck.  Yuck.  So I’m not going to post the recipe, since I imagine after this endorsement you might not want to give it a try, but I’ll still post the pic!  Luckily, we have 2 more weeks to go!  Next week’s recipe looks exponentially better!




Almost Paleo Brownies

My mom recently introduced me to this recipe when I was visiting her in Seattle and it is good!  The brownies are made with black beans, but you can’t tell at all.  These are healthy, not too sweet, and delicious.  They are also surprisingly easy to make.  I always preheat the oven when I begin baking and my goal is to finish mixing by the time the oven is preheated, but I usually fail.  Not this recipe; I was ready to go way before the oven was preheated!  I have a feeling I’ll be making these a lot!  Also, I call them “almost Paleo” because they are made with black beans, but whenever I eat Paleo, I eat beans.  Cutting out beans seems a little unnecessary since they are healthy!  Hope you enjoy this great recipe!


Almost Paleo Brownies


1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

3 eggs

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

Chopped walnuts to top


  • Place all ingredients except walnuts in food processor and process.
  • Grease a 9×9 glass pan.
  • Pour mixture into pan and top with chopped walnuts.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.


Thanks to my mom for this great recipe!


Baby Food – Apple, Green Bean, and Acorn Squash


Today was a full baby food production day!  I usually do one big batch a week and then freeze jars so that I can pull out a variety each week.  I couldn’t decide what I wanted to make this week though, so I ended up making 3 purees: apples, green beans, and acorn squash.  All are delicious.  For apples, you just cut the apples, steam the slices, and then puree the cooked slices with no extra water.  I then did not rinse the food processor out so I had a little apple flavor when I did the green beans.  I steamed those and added a little of the apple steaming water when I pureed them.  For the acorn squash, cut in half, remove seeds, bake cut side up for 1 hour at 400 degrees, remove from skin, and process in food processor with a little extra water (I used the apple steaming water again).  All in all, the hard work of this morning made some delicious food!

P.S. – I’ll hopefully be posting some more adult food soon.  The baby takes up a lot of my time 🙂