Soup & Salad Challenge Week 2

I have a confession to make. I ate THREE brownies before bed last night….and then I ate two brownies for breakfast this morning… And even now, as I write this, I am eating brownie crumbs… And I don’t really feel guilty about this very much at all. Why? Because they’re BLACK BEAN Brownies. Which you might think sounds gross, but they’re so not.


I know this post is supposed to be about Soup. I will get to that, I promise. But can I just share this AMAZING brownie recipe with you? Isabel, who blogs over at, really hit the nail on the head with this one. 

And here’s the thing: It’s not even Friday yet, but it has been a week. I won’t get into all the details. Let’s just say, I was distracted when making these brownies and I may have put NUTMEG in the blender instead of Cinnamon. Yes, I did that. But I decided to roll with it and see what happened. The results were AMAZING. Or maybe I just like nutmeg… Whatever the case, I was a happy camper with this batch of fudgy, “nutmegy” goodness.

Aside from the nutmeg snafu/brilliance, I made a couple of other adaptations to these tasty treats:

  1. I used coconut oil instead of butter  to make them dairy-free
  2. I used maple syrup instead of sugar (and a little less than called for) to keep the processed sugar to a minimum.
  3. I used dark chocolate chips on top

If you’re feeling brave, throw in a bit of nutmeg when you make these and let me know what you think!


Okay, now onto soup (as promised). First up was a big batch of Thai Beef Stew. I used this recipe from Danielle at Against All Grain. Definitely one of my new faves! Did I mention that this has been quite a week? Well, I somehow managed to forget to include the broccoli. Even still, I think it turned out well. It’s a rich soup, so definitely best over rice.

And then there’s this gem I came across from Winona over at Pearls and Sneakers: Creamy Paleo Potato Soup. Definitely another keeper! I made just a couple of adaptations:

  1. I added a 12oz pkg. of riced cauliflower blended with broth to make it extra creamy.
  2. I added kale at the end for some extra nutrition.


Bacon is definitely the best topping, IMHO!

So, that’s what I’ve got for ya this week. Don’t forget: you can enter to win Esther’s Seasonings Variety Pack by participating in the Spring Soup & Salad Challenge in any capacity over the course of the next ten weeks. (Yep – that includes taste testing!) Your participation will be tracked by comments on blog posts. For every comment, your name will be entered into the “hat” (more comments = more chances to win)! Hope to hear from you!


2 thoughts on “Soup & Salad Challenge Week 2

  1. Aimee Hoffman says:

    Eating brownies at night and in the morning resonates with me… and I’m all for some HEALTHY bean brownies!! Can’t wait to try out this recipe. I’ll have to try it both variations- one with nutmeg, one with cinnamon just for fun! Thanks for sharing all of these great recipes. You inspire me and make me laugh!!!


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