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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Chocolate Strawberry Pie


Here is a healthy, vegan dessert (also nut free because my middle child has a nut sensitivity)!  We ended up freezing it so it was almost like an ice cream dessert!  I was nervous to try this because I was making three separate items and trying to combine them into one dessert but it was tasty and fairly quick and simple!

Crust:
1 1/4 cups coconut flour
1 TBSP raw cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
5 TBSP coconut oil (room temperature)
1 TBSP sunflower butter
2 TBSP raw honey
sprinkle sea salt
1 tsp vanilla

Mix together to combine using a fork and press firmly into bottom of pie pan.

Chocolate Mousse Layer:
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup coconut sugar (I used less the second time I made this and it was still super sweet)
1 cup chocolate chunks (I tried with enjoy life chocolate chips once and another time using Whole Foods 365 70% chunks)
4 eggs, separated
1 can full fat unsweet coconut cream (put can coconut milk in fridge and use the layer of cream)

Boil the water in a medium pot then add the sugar until dissolved.  Remove from heat and after a few minutes add the chocolate chips until completely melted.  In separate bowls, whisk both the egg yolks until pale yellow and the whites until stiff peaks form.  Then, using a hand mixer combine the chocolate mixture and eggs until completely combined.  Finally, add the coconut cream and mix well using mixer.  Pour carefully on top of the pie crust then put in freezer while you prep the strawberry mousse!

Strawberry Mousse:
1 can full fat unsweet coconut cream (same thing, place can in fridge for a bit and remove the cream)
2 TBSP raw maple syrup (raw honey could also work)
1 cup strawberries (I used fresh)

Place the coconut cream, maple syrup and strawberries in a blender and blend well until smooth.  Pour carefully on top of the chocolate layer and place in the fridge/freezer for a few hours.  I ended up placing in the freezer and we enjoyed about 3 hours later.  Another night, I made just the chocolate mousse and did it in the fridge!  Both tasty!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Freezer Crock Pot Meal Ideas

With Fall approaching, I have seen many posts about freezer crockpot meals, so I decided to round up some of my favorites and make some of my own.  I bought almost entirely organic ingredients (a few things I could not find between 4 stores) and use hormone/antibiotic free range meats.  I made Margarita Chicken (2 bags), Beef Stew, Rosemary Apple Chicken, Chicken Taco Chili, and Thai Curry (2 bags), plus bought ingredients for a new chicken tomato recipe I am planning to try so 8 full meals (most will include leftovers for at least some of us as well).  I also bought gallon freezer bags, brown rice, Ezekial Tortilla (for taco chili leftovers), and even have some leftover veggies for snacking.  My total cost (using quality ingredients) was 106.64 so divide that by 8 meals is $13.33 per meal for a family of 4 plus leftovers.  I am pretty excited!  I plan to just keep these in the freezer and maybe have one a week or use in emergencies when I do not have a meal planned or plans change.  Now that I have done a small version of this, I may expand and do some more!

Margarita Chicken
Beef Stew
Rosemary Apple Chicken
Chicken Taco Chili
Thai Curry


Margarita Chicken (in the Crock Pot)

1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1 Tbsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos
3 Tbsp Margarita Mix (liquid)
Sea Salt
Pepper

Whisk Together, then add:

1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup cut green beans
2-3 Frozen Chicken Breasts, cubed

Place in Freezer Bag or Crock Pot for 4-5 hrs on low.  I served mine on top of Jasmine Rice.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

1.5 lbs beef stew meat
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
1 tomato, diced
2 medium red potatoes, diced (sweet potatoes would be good too)
1/4 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced (or powdered garlic)
Sprinkle Thyme
2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Sea Salt
Pepper
Any other spices you like
1 cup beef broth (or veggie broth would likely work as well)

Place in freezer bag or crockpot for 5-7 hrs on low.  Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Apple Rosemary Chicken

1 Chicken Breast, 2-3 Chicken Thighs (I forgot to buy thighs so used all breasts)
2 apples, peeled and diced
Squirt of lime juice
1/4 sweet onion diced
2-3 Fresh Rosemary Spriggs
Sea Salt
Pepper
2 Tbsp water (to help liquify a bit so we could seal the bag)

1.  Dice and place all in a freezer safe gallon bag (or right in the crock pot).
2.  Cook on low 6 hrs or high 4 hrs.

I served this with brown rice on the side and some steamed green beans.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Homemade Lara Bars

Enjoying the new Ninja and had to try these with the processing attachments.  You could really add/omit anything here using basic mixture of 1/2 cup pitted dates/raisins and 1 cup dry nuts/seeds/granola/oats, 1 Tbsp water and any other add ins...here is what I used!

1/2 cup Medijol Dates, pitted
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/3 cup 70% dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins
1 Tbsp water (more or less to consistency)

Blend until the consistency you would like then mash into a parchment paper lines dish (mine is about 4 x 8 inches).  Later, I will cut and place in single serve baggies for easy snacks on the go!  Yum!

Afternoon Mocha Blast

We just got a new blender, The Ninja, and are enjoying "playing" with it.  Yesterday, we made a new smoothie for a treat!

1 frozen banana
2 shots espresso, cooled (or half cup of coffee would work)
1 cup chocolate almond milk or you could do plain almond/coconut milk and add cocoa powder/honey

Blend until smooth and enjoy!