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Some Guilt Free Desserts

Gluten-Free Choco Avocado Brownies

What you need:

  • 2 large avocados
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Scoop out the flesh of the 2 avocados and place in a food processor. Add the coconut sugar and cocoa powder to the blender and blend until smooth. Add the eggs, brown rice flour and baking soda and continue processing just until eggs are well-combined with the mixture. Carefully fold in chocolate chips. Pour the batter in a greased 8×8 inches brownie pan. Bake in a pre-heated oven (350F) for 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookies

What you need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 10 pcs. dried dates, boiled
  • 2 cups almond butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Combine softened dates, water and sea salt in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Add almond butter, vanilla extract and baking powder to the food processor and blend until smooth. Stir in (by hand) the chocolate chips. Form mixture into balls and arrange on greased baking sheets. Bake in a pre-heated oven (350F) for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool for several minutes in a cooling rack before serving.

Vegan Friendly Grill

Honey Lime Grilled Cauliflower

What you need:

  • 2 large heads cauliflower, leaves removed and ends trimmed
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Trim the sides of the cauliflower heads and slice into 4-inch “steaks”. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice and olive oil then add the garlic and honey. In a separate bowl, combine the lime zest, paprika, chipotle and salt. Brush both side of the cauliflower heads with honey lime mixture then sprinkle with chipotle mixture. Cook on a pre-heated grill, covered, over medium high heat for 5 to 6 minutes per side or until cooked through. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Avocado and Lettuce Caesar Salad Grill Style

What you need:

  • 1 avocado, pitted and quartered
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, quartered lengthwise, leaving stems intact
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the dressing:

  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shelled hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Brush Romaine lettuce with grapeseed oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook lettuce and avocado on a pre-heated grill (avocado should be skin side down) over high heat for about 2 minutes per side. When ready, allow to cool on a plate. To prepare the dressing, combine the garlic, hemp hearts, water, lemon juice, yeast, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper in a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour dressing over grilled avocado and lettuce to serve.

Warming Winter Soups and Stews

1. Sweat the vegetables

Most soups have a base of aromatic vegetables such as carrots, onions, garlic and celery.

Sweating these vegetables out on a medium heat with butter or oil will release aromats and create a base of flavour for your soup.

2. Stock

Using a home made or good quality fresh stock is always going to give you a better quality soup than using stock cubes or flavour enhancers.

If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own stock then there are some good quality stocks available form specialty food stores.

Also consider carefully which stock you use for which dish. It is better to use chicken or vegetable stock for light soups and darker stocks such as beef for heartier soups and stews.

3. Seasoning

Season your ingredients moderately as you go along. This will enhance the flavours of the individual ingredients without making the soup salty.

Use sea salt flakes instead of table salt for a better flavour.

Once the soup is cooked out adjust the seasoning as necessary. Taste the soup add a little salt at a time until the full depth of the ingredients can be tasted.

Such a simple step but so often the difference between flavour-some soups and bland ones.

4. Consider Texture

Different elements of your dish will need to be cooked differently to produce the desired texture. A carrot for example takes a lot longer to cook than a pea.

Texture comes down to selecting the right ingredients and adding them to the dish at the right time so they are all cooked through at the same time.

Consider from the start if you want a smooth blended soup or one with lots of body and different components.

Add green and leafy veg such as spinach right at the end to avoid it becoming over-cooked.

Croutons, cheeses, crackers, nuts, bean shoots or even pork rinds can be used to add texture and flavour.

Energy Boosters with Soup

The hot and scrumptious soups beat the cold wave simply with its steam. Soups can be made with meat, chicken and seafood which provides the much-needed protein in the form of broth which is the main or supplementary ingredient. The vegetables, herbs and spices which contain vitamins and anti-oxidants enrich soup with its medicinal properties. In fact, soups rich with herbs and ingredients are often prescribed to patients which can cure their illness or sickness. That’s why often chicken soup and vegetable soup is given to those who have cold and flu.

Broths are generally prepared by boiling specific ingredients which can suit your soup recipes. For preparing a chicken soup, there is need to boil either the whole chicken, its bones or just parts of the chicken. Vegetables like onion, carrots, ginger, and garlic can also added into the stock for some more flavor. In the same manner beef, fish and also vegetable stocks can be prepared. Some other ingredients that can be added to the whole soup include pasta or noodles which are common Asian style soups.

Soup recipes are generally thin and quite watery. However to make them a bit richer one can try to use thick and creamy soups. Its examples are artichoke, vegan broccoli-cauliflower and pea. Nut soups are also available such as African peanut and chestnut soups.

The vegetables which can be used in soup recipes are carrots, eggplant, cauliflower, bell pepper, potato, tomato, onion and beans which help you to make perfect soup recipes. Certain ingredients out of them are seasonal while rest are available throughout the year, these soups can be made in bulk and then left to freeze.

Some may think that vegetable soup is not a substantial meal but it really is! Also, vegetable soup is a great dish to be made in bulk as it freezes so well, and can be used for quick lunch or supper. Eating great food is choice of everyone and choosing best one is very important.

Chicken noodle soup is very much popular as it is made with simple egg noodles which is its important ingredient. The egg noodles can be used either in dry form or otherwise need to be cooked in boiling water.

Herbal Soups

Part of an overall healthy diet in China is that nothing is eliminated, so an expansion of the palate is necessary. Sweet, sour, bitter, savory, spicy, pungent and bland are all needed for total body health so expand your horizons and stop being picky if you want to be healthy. Forget what you have learned from western diet fads eliminating food groups in an effort to lose weight or improve health. These diets force the body to shed pounds by making it operate in manners it was not designed for stressing the whole body and the mind.

Herbal soup recipes and other healing foods are dependent on embracing everything in moderation. Controlling the body’s temperature is vital when consuming herbal soups. Do you tend to feel cold or is the weather outside or where you work cold? Then try soups containing warming components. Warming herb like ginger, turmeric, chili peppers, nutmeg, cinnamon, walnuts and green onions help raise the body’s temperature and return it to balance. If you typically feel hot, live or work in a hot environment, herbal soup recipes provide the solutions for you. Components of a cooling soup tend to be ingredients such as mint, tofu, citrus, tomato, celery, lettuce and cucumber.

With the body’s temperature in balance, the mind and body are free to heal themselves. Chinese herbal soup recipes include a lot of colors. Not those found in the prepackaged chemically laden aisles of the grocery store, but the colors found in nature. Spread your vegetables across the color spectrum to ensure total body maintenance and healing. White vegetables such as garlic and onions contain sulfides which are antibacterial, combat cancer and improve the immune system. Red fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and watermelon contain lycopene which is linked to preventing cancer. Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables such as carrots squash and apricots contain beta carotene which may not only reduce the likelihood of cancer but also minimize heart disease.

Some Healthy Dessert Ideas

If you wish to enjoy a healthy and tasteful dessert, then you must have your favorite flavor recipes in your hand. Then, you could rest assured the process of making it by letting the Frost Food machine to work. Frost Food is a natural ice cream machine, which can instantly help you to make healthy dessert from fruit and vegetables. This machine allows cold cooking method on food to preserve its freshness.

Using cold cooking method, there will be so many healthy dessert recipes you could create by yourself. With the help of a Frost Food machine you will not need any ice cubes anymore to make your frost dessert. Thus, the making process will be simpler as you do not have to do extra step preparing the ice cubes.

  1. Healthy Coconut-Banana Mousse with Yogurt and Honey

Ingredients:

1 fresh or frozen banana, peeled and cut into chunks

A half cup of coconut milk

A half cup of plain yogurt

3 tablespoons of skim milk

3 tablespoons of honey

A small amount of lemon or lime juice (optional for extra flavor)

Directions:

Combine banana with the rest of ingredients in a blender. Blend all until smooth. Pour the blended mixture on cold plate of a Frost Food machine. Let the emulsion frozen and mix it sometimes using spatula until getting homogeneous, thick texture of your preference.

  1. Healthy Avocado-Vanilla Mousse with Yogurt and Honey

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted

A half cup of vanilla yogurt

5 tablespoons of skim milk

3 tablespoons of honey

Directions:

Combine avocado with the rest of ingredients in a blender. Blend all until smooth. Pour the blended mixture on cold plate of a Frost Food machine. Let the emulsion frozen and mix it sometimes using spatula until getting homogeneous, thick texture of your preference.

Fuss-Free Dessert

Toffee Caramel Heavenly Dip

What you need:

  • 2 large chilled apples, sliced
  • 2 cups thick caramel sauce
  • 1 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  • 1/3 cup sugar

In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese using a hand mixer until it has a smooth and creamy consistency. Mix in the sugar and continue beating until well incorporated into the cream cheese. Transfer the mixture into a medium-sized serving dish and spread in an even layer. Pour the caramel sauce over the cream cheese and flatten using a spoon or a spatula. Sprinkle evenly with toffee bits. Serve with apple slices.

Kids’ Favorite Salted Choco-Caramel Pretzel Bars

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate pieces (chocolate bars divides into pieces), melted in the microwave
  • 1 1/4 cups Kraft caramel bits
  • 1 cup mini pretzel twists
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Sea salt

Line with parchment paper a large baking sheet then spread evenly with 1 cup melted chocolate. Scatter the pretzel bits and press into the chocolate. Mix together the caramel bits with the water. Microwave for 2 minutes on high, stir then pour all over pretzel bits. Top with remaining melted chocolate and sprinkle with sea salt. Cover and refrigerate until hardened. When ready, tear into pieces before serving.

Barbecue Desserts

 Grilled Choco Pineapple Rings

What you need:

  • 6 fresh pineapple rings
  • 1/2 cup Nutella spread (or any chocolate-hazelnut spread)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup walnuts

In a small saucepan, heat chocolate-hazelnut spread and milk over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the spread has melted and ingredients are well-combined. Remove from heat and set aside. Grill pineapple rings over medium heat for 3-5 minutes per side or until lightly brown and grill marks appear. When ready, place pineapples in a serving dish, drizzle with Nutella mixture then top with walnuts.

Peanut Butter S’mores Twist

What you need:

  • 2 large marshmallows
  • 1 peanut butter cup (such as Reese’s)
  • 2 squares graham crackers

Using a skewer, grill the marshmallows for 2-4 minutes until slightly browned. When ready, place the marshmallows on top of one of the graham squares, followed by the peanut butter cup then the other graham square. Serve immediately.

 Fruity Barbecue Treat

What you need:

  • 1 cup sliced apple
  • 1 cup sliced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup sliced banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Place fruit slices on skewers then grill over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until heated through or tender. When ready, remove the fruit slices from the skewers then transfer into a medium bowl. Mix in chocolate chips then serve immediately.

Types of Icing for Cakes

• Frostings – This is often made with butter mixed with icing sugar and has the inclusion of pasteurised egg white that makes it firm to stay intact when piped on cupcakes. Cupcakes serve as miniature cakes that give you the freedom to decorate it the way you want to. You could add colour to the frosting mixture to give the cup cakes a peppy look.

• Fondant – It is an opaque covering made with a mixture of sugar, gelatine, and glycerine to give it dough-like consistency. Fondant is often used to replace icing, especially for wedding cakes. It protects the cake from falling apart, and as the fondant doesn’t melt away with humidity, it is a preferred type of icing by several who feel that it acts as a protective layer as well as serves as a decorative.

• Buttercream – This made by mixing butter with milk, icing sugar, and vanilla essence until it gains a consistency as that of an icing. These are used for cakes that are meant for immediate consumption or those that are stored in cold areas. Buttercream tends to melt as soon as it is out from refrigeration. It is a perfect option while organising birthday parties at home and serving cakes or cupcakes to guest to be consumed immediately.

• Ganache – It is a chocolate icing made after whipping dark chocolate with cream. The texture is often thick and heavy and should often be paired with a cake that is heavy such as a mud cake. Having it over a sponge cake would defy the work of the cake and thus focussing more on the icing.

About Organic Bone Broth

People still love it owing to its delicious taste. And the bones themselves have a wide array of benefits to offer. For instance, sipping down delicious organic bone broth on a wintry evening remains a source of relief for those suffering from a cough and cold. Even if you’re not suffering from a cold, bone broth can act as a soothing and beneficial food. At times, even your physician might recommend stock for you. Bone broth contains cysteine, which is an amino acid. It is very effective in offering you relief from a cold since it leads to the thinning of mucus in your lungs and facilitates easy breathing.

Broth also remains a staple for people suffering from arthritis or joint pain. The tendons and cartilage contain several minerals that turn out to be useful when it comes to promoting relief from joint pain. The proteins help in the rebuilding of your connective tissue and tendons, thereby facilitating a fast cure from joint pain.

The knuckles and feet contain gelatin in copious amounts. This gelatin is comprised of hydrophobic colloids that are very helpful in filling up holes in the intestine because they can retain liquids for a long period of time.

There was a time when our ancestors use to have chicken bone broth prepared in pots. They used to have them in copious amounts. Though bone broth remains an easy dish to prepare, modern homemakers, students and working adults often don’t get the time to prepare it at home. However, that doesn’t mean that they have to deprive themselves of the delicious broth with such a huge number of benefits. There are reliable stores offering ready made organic chicken soup. You can place your orders right from your homes. Not only do they deliver food within a desirable time frame, but they also keep on experimenting with different bone broth recipes so that you don’t get bored easily. Their services are backed by trained chefs who are committed to offering you mineral-rich broth preparations rendered in selected aromatics and varied garnishing. Plus, they also use high quality stainless steel utensils to process their products.