Thursday, April 26, 2012

Brownie Cheesecake Bottoms

Need a quick dessert to make but don't want to look like you made a pre-packaged dessert. And if you got a lot of brownie mixes like I do then this is calling your name. 
Brownie Cheesecake Bottoms

This is what the recipe called for
 1 box of brownie mix
4 pkg 8 oz non-fat cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. sour cream
2 bars of semi-sweet chocolate

This is what I used
Brownie mix i put in half oil and half pureed white beans along with the other ingredients
1 pkg of 8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
about 1/8 c. sour cream
1/4 c. sugar 

make brownie mix according to directions. Place aluminum foil in 9x13 pan. pour brownie mix in pan and bake at 350 F until top is glossy and almost set.  While cooking mix together Cheesecake part. I added a tid bit more than 1/4 c sugar. Just taste to your liking. I didn't have 4 pkg of cream cheese so this layer was really thin but I liked it that way... more brownie than cheesecake. 
When the brownies are almost set take them out of the oven and pour cream cheese mix on top. Put back in the oven for additional 15-30 mins. take them out and let cool then place them in the fridge for 4 hrs. 
Melt your chocolate (i added a bit of butter and milk to the chocolate) and drizzle over the top before serving. Cut into squares. 

Energy Bites

Two words. 
These bad boys just tempt me from their container in the fridge all day. Good thing they are pretty healthy!
find recipe here
Go ahead. Make them. I double dog dare you. 
ps-this took me like 15 minutes to mix up and then just a few to roll into balls. 

Homemade Hummus

I saw a really really good sale on Garbonzo beans a few months ago. So I got some. And they have been sitting oh so patiently in my pantry since then. I decided to try my hand at making my own hummus.
What do you think? The texture ended up a bit lumpy... like mashed potatoes. But I really love the flavor.
Original recipe here
I didn't want to use Tahini. Mostly because it is kinda expensive. 
So I did some research and used a bit of sesame seed oil and EVOO. 

  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1/3 cup canned jalapeno pepper slices, no juice
  • 1 capful sesame oil and EVOO (you can decide how much to use)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • crushed red pepper to taste

Just mix it all together in a blender until smooth.. or until you can't wait any longer to eat it