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Chocolate Almond and Coconut Bark

8 May

Chocolate Bark!

This is a yummy recipe I’ve adopted from Mark Sisson’s Quick and Easy Meals. I’ve played around with portions and added butter to make this a bit more fudge like in texture. The great thing about this recipe is its flexibility and forgiveness. Feel free to play around with proportions, etc. Maybe even throw in some dehydrated fruit. I think strawberries or blue berries would be awesome!

Ingredients

Recipe (Double batch)

8 oz. Semi-sweet chocolate (I use at least 65%)
1/2 c. Coconut oil
1/2 c. butter (room temperature)
1 c. Sliced almonds
1 c. Coconut flakes
1 tsp. Coarse sea salt

Directions: Using a double boiler is the best way to melt the chocolate, butter and coconut oil, but since I don’t have one, I make due with a small sauce pan on medium to medium-low heat. The trick is to start with the coconut oil, as it melts, add the chocolate. Make sure you stir constantly so the chocolate doesn’t burn. When the chocolate is almost completely melted, add the butter. Again, keep string. Once everything is melted, take the pan off the heat. Stir in the almonds and coconut flakes.

Pour batter into a 13×9 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper. Evenly spread out the batter, sprinkle with coarse sea salt (the salt REALLY makes this dessert! So don’t skip it!)

Put in the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes until hard. Cut into squares and serve! Makes about 20-25 squares.

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what I had for dinner: beef stew on a rainy day!

25 May

In honor of the rain outside today…..

I made beef stew!

Every time I make stew it’s a little bit different. I tend to throw whatever veggies I have in the frig into the pot. This is a great way to use up “stuff” that looks to be on its way to turning bad.

yum, yum

stew

This seriously took less than a half hour to throw together. And then about an hour until it is ready to eat. I always kinda dread making soup because it seems like such a hard thing to do! And after I’m done throwing everything in the pot I always REremember how easy stew is!

Recipe:
1 lb. stew meat (I brown it in a skillet with coconut oil)
2 boxes of beef broth (I use Imagine’s Organic Beef Flavored Broth)
2 potatoes
2-3 carrots
2-3 cups green beans
2 cups cauliflower
1 cup green onion
1 cup leek (this was a new addition, I liked!)
salt, pepper
fresh thyme (I put a lot!)
fresh rosemary
3 cloves garlic
splash of wine (if you have it)
splash of Worcestershire sauce

Pretty much the basic idea is: throw in some meat, veggies and seasoning, and you’re pretty much guaranteed a good meal!

Dessert was…..

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and…..

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Yeah, I had already eaten like three of them….so. good!

two dark chocolates go head-to-head

31 Mar

I’m going to be honest with you. I have a sweet tooth. BAD. I LOVE sweets and as I’ve been trying very hard to eat a more healthy traditional diet I’ve had to find ways to satisfy this ever present sweet tooth without submitting to gorging on refined sugary goodness. So, here are two dark chocolates I’d like to introduce and review for your eating pleasure.

The first contender is! *drum roll* Taza 60% Stone Ground Dark Chocolate!

Okay. So. I was sitting in a coffee shop doing a little work, sipping on a traditional cappuccino (I know, I’m such a snob! GOSH) when the smell of freshly baked muffins started wafting out of the kitchen. I began to drool and day dream about crispy muffin edges. Sweet tooth attack! When I get these kinds of cravings I usually eat a few chunks of dark chocolate. Not DARK chocolate, read 80%+, but semi-dark about 50-60% is perrrfect for me. This method almost always takes care of my sweet tooth.

I got up from my chair, walked up to the counter and bought the Taza 60% Dark chocolate. I ate about two small squares and my sweet tooth went away. I was able to breathe deeply and not be distracted nor temped by the yummy muffins being baked in the kitchen. Thank goodness for chocolate!

The Review: although the Taza chocolate satisfied my sweet tooth I won’t be buying this chocolate again. It was very grainy and a bit on the bitter side. I’m sure the graininess is due to the way they process the cacoa beans, which are stone ground, but I just couldn’t get past the feeling that I was eating sand. Yuck! I like smooth chocolate.

Contender number two is Dagoba Organic Dark Chocolate bar (59%)!

The Review: this is my FAVORITE chocolate of all time. Smooth/silky feel on the tongue with just enough bitter and sweet (although it contains less sugar than the Taza dark chocolate). If you haven’t already tried this chocolate…go, find a place that sells it, buy it, and eat it!

What’s your favorite chocolate?

What do you do when your sweet tooth strikes?