Fresh Black Bean Spaghetti with Zoodles

Fresh Black Bean Spaghetti With Zoodles #spaghetti #blackbeans #vegan #glutenfree

FRESH BLACK BEAN SPAGHETTI WITH ZOODLES

A few months ago while visiting my sister, she served the most amazing noodles made from zucchini. She spiraled them from a Paderno World Cuisine Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer. I had never seen one before and I was instantly enamored.  The world of vegetables was once again changing for me and I knew that this simple piece of equipment would offer some great opportunities for delicious vegan and whole food meals. As soon as I returned home I jumped right on Amazon and ordered one of these little beauties for my very own.  

When my Spiral Vegetable Slicer arrived via UPS I didn’t waste any time and started using it right away. I wasn’t too sure how Tim would take to not having pasta but to my surprise he really enjoyed the raw vegetables. 

Today’s Fresh Black Bean Spaghetti with Zoodles has developed from my more adventurous side. The recipe is gluten free, vegan and uses real food from what I have in my garden at present (except the black beans). I hope you enjoy it. 

Click the following link to purchase Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer.
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Black Bean Spaghetti with Zoodles
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) sliced mushrooms
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 3 cups cooked and drained black beans (or 2 15 oz cans, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 pint tomato sauce (or 2 15 oz cans)
  • 1 (2¼ oz) can sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 tsp fresh basil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup freshly shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 2 medium (8-10 inch) zucchini, spiraled
Instructions
  1. Add 2 tbsp oil to large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, red pepper, garlic and mushrooms. Saute until tender.
  3. Add black beans, chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes until tomatoes have softened.
  5. Meanwhile, distribute zoodles (sprialed zucchini) onto serving plates.
  6. Spoon cooked sauce over zoodles and top with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Southern Living Cookbook: Black Bean Spaghetti

Fresh Black Bean Spaghetti shared with:

The Pink Sprinkle: A Wholesome Bunch * 2 Crochet Hooks: Snickerdoodle Sunday  *Baking in Pyjamas: Sweet and Savoury Sunday  *Living Life and Learning: Bloggers Brags *New Mrs Adventures: Tasty Tuesday’s  *Memories by the Mile: Treasure Box Tuesday *April J Harris: Hearth and Soul * Lou Lou Girls *Recipes for Our Daily Bread: Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop *The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch: PureBlogLove Link Party  *With a Blast: Freedom Fridays *Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen: Real Food Fridays *Yum Eating: The Yuck Stops Here

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood

15 WAYS TO KEEP FOOD FRESH

Ever wonder about how to keep your fruits and veggies fresh? Whether you buy them in the store or grow them at home, it is no fun to see them deteriorate almost right before your eyes. I am always in search of ways to keep my fruits and vegetables at the peak of freshness for as long as possible, so when Hometalk approached me and asked if I would share my board on Keeping it Fresh I jumped at the chance. I knew this would be valuable to you, my readers, and it would also give you a chance to check out the great things going on at Hometalk if you haven’t already.

Here are a few of my favorites from Keeping it Fresh.

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood How to Grow Onions – How To Store Onions: The Seasoned Homemaker 

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood Keeping Berries Fresh: Adventures of a Busy Bee

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood Cleaning Garden Produce: Chaotically Creative

 

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood I Would be remiss if I didn’t share a few of my own ideas too! :)

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood Preserve your Homegrown Herbs in 3 Different Ways

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood How to Preserve Peppers in 3 Different Ways

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood How To Sun Dry Tomatoes

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood How to Preserve Home Grown Herbs with Sea Salt

15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh #foodstorage #fresh #wholefood #realfood

How to Make Infused Oil

Be sure to head over to Hometalk to see the rest of the 15 Ways to Keep Food Fresh and all the other great preserving, gardening and DIY ideas too. 

15 Ways to Keep your Food Fresh shared with:

*Memories by the Mile: Treasure Box Tuesday *Lou Lou Girls *April J Harris: Hearth and Soul  *Table for Seven: Share your Stuff *Creative K Kids: Tasty Tuesdays *Recipes for our Daily Bread: Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop *Teach Inspire Love Raise: Wake up Wednesday *Crafty Allie: Worthwhile Wednesday *The Crafty Wife: Wednesday Roundup * Smart School House:Whimsy Wednesday * The Cookie Puzzle: Party in your PJ’s **Lamberts Lately: Create it Thursday *Sweet Haute: Sweet Haute  * 2 Crochet Hooks: Snickerdoodle Sunday  *Baking in Pyjamas: Sweet and Savoury Sunday

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

What’s the Scoop on White Enriched Flour: Is it a Real Food?

BALANCE YOUR LIFE  #3

“Balance Your Life” is a regular Monday morning feature here at Pure Grace Farms. I have teamed up with some pretty incredible ladies to offer a few ways to bring balance to your life. The goal is to share information on four different blogs balancing Spirit, Mind, Body and Heart.

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  • Spirit is represented by Heather @ My Sweet Mission.  Visit to see what great wisdom she is sharing today.
  • Body is covered by Caroline @ Fit Pink Mom. She shares simple exercises to get the body moving.
  • I represent Heart @ Pure Grace Farms sharing healthy recipes and ideas with an emphasis on whole food.
  • Mind comes from Christina & Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks  sharing easy crafts, book reviews,  games and activities to build memory.

I hope visiting all four blogs enriches your experience at Pure Grace Farms, helping to add a little balance to your life.

What’s the Scoop on White Enriched Flour…Is it a Real Food?

Flour has been a main topic of conversation as of late. Especially with many who have issues with Gluten. While I have not had any particular problems that I am aware of, I do know many that do. Whether you are trying to eat gluten-free or are looking to increase the whole grains you eat in your diet, a little information may help in the choices you make. I’m going to keep my definitions extremely basic but will give plenty of links for you to follow up on if you would like to know more.

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Any time flour has been refined you can be sure that a great deal of the nutrients have been removed also. The bleaching process involves a chlorine gas to whiten the flour which can’t be good. Because much of the nutrients have been taken out in the process, a specific amount of nutrients are then returned to the flour. Many of the returned nutrients are not easily absorbed by our bodies.

The Global Healing Center states in their article The Hidden Truth About Enriched White Flour 

Once this stuff has been stripped down, you’re left with a starch. How does your body react to pure starch? The same way it reacts to pure sugar!

There are better alternatives to using Enriched Bleached White Flour. Let’s take a look at my favorite option.

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White Whole Wheat Flour 

I have been using white whole wheat flour for over a year now and have in the last few months eliminated Enriched Bleached White Flour from out diets completely. I haven’t missed it a bit. When I am substituting White Whole Wheat Flour for enriched flour I may have to add a touch more liquid to the recipe, but other than that everything else remains the same.

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What is White Whole Wheat Flour?

Clean Cuisine says it this way in What is white whole wheat flour? Is it healthy? 

White whole wheat flour is every bit as nutritious as whole wheat flour (it contains the nutrient-rich germ and the fiber-rich bran), it just bakes better and tastes more like the unhealthy all-purpose flour.

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Whole Wheat Flour  and other Whole Grains

Louise Tremblay with Demand Media in Healthy Facts About Whole-Wheat Flour Vs. White has this to say about Whole Wheat Flour…

White flour is made from heavily refined and processed wheat grains, while whole-wheat flour is made from grains that have not undergone heavy processing.

As stated before, the nutritional values of the two are vastly different, including the effects on blood sugar, fiber content, vitamins and minerals. This is a good reason to try and infuse more healthy grains into your diet.

Gluten-Free Flour

My Gluten Free Kosher Kitchen in their Kosher Celiac Cookery guide says this about Gluten-Free…

Flour is basically the powder obtained by grinding grains, seeds and tubers. Many plants other than wheat-can be made into a flour and include maize, chickpeas, tapioca, chestnut and potatoes. For those who suffer a wheat or gluten allergy (coeliac disease) or people who are intolerant, these flours offer an alternative to wheat.

The take away here is that there are alternatives to the flours one uses and plenty of choices. If you are trying to eat more of a real food or whole food diet, avoiding highly processed refined foods is a great place to start. If you are new to the idea, start slowly and begin to replace some of the enriched white flour with white whole wheat. You will be amazed at how easily the changes will come.

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BREADS FOR THE TABLE

In the spirit of using alternative flours I have chosen a few recipes for breads for the table around the web this week. Many types of flour is represented in this great round-up. Have fun with these great breads and get adventurous and experiment with a few. I would love to hear how they come out! 

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 What’s the Scoop on White Enriched Flour: Is it a Real Food? shared with:

The Ultimate Linky: Bloggers Brags * Plucky’s Second Thoughts *Memories by the Mile: Treasure Box Tuesday *Lou Lou Girls *April J Harris: Hearth and Soul  *Table for Seven: Share your Stuff *Creative K Kids: Tasty Tuesdays *Recipes for our Daily Bread: Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop *Teach Inspire Love Raise: Wake up Wednesday *Crafty Allie: Worthwhile Wednesday *The Crafty Wife: Wednesday Roundup * Smart School House:Whimsy Wednesday * The Cookie Puzzle: Party in your PJ’s *Lamberts Lately: Create it Thursday *The Newlywed Pilgrimage: Moonlight and Mason Jars *Sweet Haute: Sweet Haute  * 2 Crochet Hooks: Snickerdoodle Sunday

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  

Sometimes You Need to Eat the Brownie {So Make it Healthy}

Everything in moderation…including moderation. ~ Julia Childs.

GLUTEN FREE MOCHA BROWNIES

I have been being very careful of what I eat lately. I am driven to loose the pounds that have crept on since I have stopped working full-time. Sitting behind a computer all day has taken its toll. That being said, I still crave the sweet stuff. 

I have recently started a relationship with Abe’s Market as one of my affiliates and fortuitously they sent me a recipe for delicious Gluten Free Mocha Brownies. Score! Now I can have my brownies and eat them too! 

Gluten Free Mocha Brownies

Image of Gluten Free Mocha Brownies courtesy of Abe’s Market

I am pretty excited about the affiliate relationship with Abe’s Market too. The variety of natural and organic products they have is fairly large with many of the items I already purchase and they are offering free shipping right now on orders over $29.00.

One of my favorite opportunities offered at Abe’s Market is their Tastemaker program . “What is a Tastemaker?” I am glad you asked!

WHAT IS A TASTEMAKER?

Explore

Each day Abe’s Market opens up cases so you get to try before you buy, so to speak. Buying a case is the best deal around, but who wants to take a chance on a product you may not care for. The price for each individual product is substantially lower than normal so the brand partners with Abe’s get to hear your feedback allowing them to improve and grow.

Choose

There are multiple products you can choose from and you have the opportunity to choose 3 different products each day. The cost is only $2.00 with shipping included! Now that is what I call pretty amazing. It makes trying natural and organic downright simple.

Share

Lastly, you get the opportunity to be an influencer and give brands your feedback. Simply answer one question before making your purchase and then share a few details with the brand after receiving it in the mail. Easy peasy!

Today’s Tastemaker choices included Chocolate Cherry Jr. Organic Granola Bars (2 pack),  Honey Almond Quinoa Cereal, Larabar – Fruit & Nut Bar – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip – (2 pack) just to name a few. Every day you can pick something new.

Tomorrow at 11:00 AM I will officially become an Abe’s Market Tastemaker! What about you..would you like to join me?

4.5 from 4 reviews
Gluten Free Mocha Brownies
 
Ingredients
  • 15 Medjool dates, pitted, soaked and drained
  • ¼ cup water
  • 9 T raw cocoa
  • ¼ cup agave syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, soft, not liquid
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 T espresso, ground fine
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Blend dates (in a blender) and ¼ cup water on high until it becomes a paste
  3. Add eggs, cocoa, agave, coconut oil, baking powder and espresso; blend until smooth
  4. Add garbanzo beans; mix on high until entire mixture is well incorporated, thick and smooth
  5. Evenly distribute mixture into mini muffin tins (fills 30-32)
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes (until it passes the toothpick test); remove and cool on a wire rack

Products available at Abe’s Market (Affiliate Link)
raw cocoa
agave syrup
coconut oil 

Gluten Free Mocha Brownies shared with:

*In the Kitchen with Jenny: Foodie Friends Friday * Snippets of Inspiration: Weekend Wine-Down *Homemaking with Style: Creative Style Link Up * 2 Crochet Hooks: Snickerdoodle Sunday *Sondra Lyn at Home: Share it Sunday * Baking In Pyjamas:Sweet and Savory Sunday *My Pinterventures: Merry Mondays *Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter: Mommy Monday Blog Hop *The Ultimate Linky: Bloggers Brags * Plucky’s Second Thoughts *Memories by the Mile: Treasure Box Tuesday *Lou Lou Girls *April J Harris: Hearth and Soul  *Table for Seven: Share your Stuff *Creative K Kids: Tasty Tuesdays *Recipes for our Daily Bread: Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop *Teach Inspire Love Raise: Wake up Wednesday *Crafty Allie: Worthwhile Wednesday *The Crafty Wife: Wednesday Roundup * Smart School House:Whimsy Wednesday * The Cookie Puzzle: Party in your PJ’s **Lamberts Lately: Create it Thursday *Sweet Haute: Sweet Haute  *The Pink Sprinkle: A Wholesome Bunch *New Mrs Adventures: Tasty Tuesday’s

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”