#FoodieFriday with Jennifer Shirk

Hi, everyone!

I’ll admit that I’m a bit of health nut. Although, I do indulge on goodies from time to time—don’t get me wrong.

But I recently found a recipe that is the best of both worlds: healthy and tasty!

When I first made these brownies, my family turned their noses up at them, especially when they found out what was in them. But then, my daughter eventually tried one  and… long story short, she now requests I make these on a regular basis.

Ha! So there. Score one for healthy!!


So here’s the recipe in case you want to try it for yourself:

Black Bean Sweet Potato Brownies


4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips plus few tablespoons extra

1/4 c. unsalted butter

1 can black beans (15 oz), drained and rinsed

3/4 c. cooked sweet potato flesh

1 egg

1/3 c. maple syrup, honey, or agave

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking powder

Pinch of kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, with ends overhanging the sides. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Melt chocolate and butter together in microwave for a minute, stir, then repeat heating in short intervals until smooth. Meanwhile, in a food processor, puree black beans, sweet potato, egg, syrup, vanilla, baking powder, and salt. Add chocolate mixture and process until smooth.
  3. Pour batter into pan, sprinkle tops with extra chips, and bake until brownies set in the center and pull away from the edges, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool completely before using the parchment paper to remove brownies from the pan.

YUM! Enjoy!


What is Jennifer currently reading?

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang!  Loving this! Quirky and sexy. J



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Matchmaking guru Kennedy Pepperdine’s life is perfect. Perfect job. Perfect friends. Perfect boyfriend. Except…when she gets trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, she accidentally confesses a secret: maybe her perfect boyfriend, Justin, isn’t so perfect for her after all. But a matchmaker should be able to successfully match herself, right? Thankfully, she’ll never see the handsome stranger again. Until she heads home with Justin for the holidays and learns that the sexy stranger is none other than Justin’s older brother, Matt.

Matt Ellis is trying to be on his best behavior for his mother—it is Christmas, after all. But when he recognizes the beautiful woman from the elevator—the one he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about for months—his best behavior is being held by a thread. Matt’s always sacrificed for his family, and nothing is more important than their happiness, but the more time he spends around Kennedy, the more he wonders if her supposed “right match” might just be the wrong brother.





USA TODAY bestselling author, Jennifer Shirk, has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations. She writes sweet romances (some even funny!) and won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC’s Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, The Role of a Lifetime. Recently, her novel Sunny Days for Sam won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance. She’s a board member for Straight Ahead Ministries, an organization involved in helping spread the gospel and aiding medical and pharmacy students in Russia. She’s also a board member of the Ocean City Library Board of Trustees. She resides in a beach resort in NJ, and when she’s not involved in all the above, she’s taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter, guinea pig (Rocco), puppy (Sox) and four hermit crabs.


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