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Avocado Chocolate Mousse

I tried this mousse for the first time at The Baking Room‘s first edition launch event. They were served in tiny glasses and they looked beautiful, and so chocolatey. And the taste?  Silky, decadent, chocolate goodness. Their recipe was featured in their magazine, and I had been wanting to make it at home ever since for my husband, who as I have mentioned before is very conscious of sugar and fat content in the recipes I make at home. He’s a crossfitter.  Enough said.

I tweaked TBR‘s recipe a tiny bit, by using natural honey instead of agave and maple syrup. And I also left out the raisins and added a bit more chocolate to the recipe. This is so easy to make, and it tastes so decadent! No one would believe it’s healthy, and it’s a great option if you’re having a dinner party at home. Serve it up in tiny glasses, because trust me, a little goes  long way. You can decorate them with some slivered almonds, or silver nonpareils.

Oh, and if you want to make this recipe completely vegan, use soy milk instead of 2% milk.

 Helga

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

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Zucchini Lasagna

In my attempt to make healthy meals at home, I came across this recipe for Zucchini Lasagna. Instead of pasta you use thin slices of zucchini, which makes it a much healthier option and there is really no flavor sacrifice here… it’s a tasty, kid approved recipe. As with the zucchini noodle recipe, I had also been meaning to try it for a long time, but I had felt discouraged when I read that you had to let the salted zucchini strips sit for a while, and then dry them up before assembling your lasagna. It’s a weekday… I’m busy, I don’t want extra steps. Then one day I saw a video by Everyday Food and noticed that they didn’t do anything to the zucchinis but slice them up, and it seemed to work out just fine. So here it is guys, zucchini lasagna… with no extra steps to prep the zucchini.  I hope you try it, we’re sure you’ll enjoy it!

Helga

Zucchini Lasagna
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Breakfast Quinoa

Quinoa, you either love it or you hate it. I’ve heard a lot of people comment that they don’t like the bitter after taste of quinoa, but I think you need to find the right recipe to enjoy this grain, which isn’t really a grain but a seed. There are hundreds of ways to cook it, as a salad, as a side dish and even as a breakfast cereal. It’s definitely worth giving it a try, it has so many health benefits: it’s loaded with fiber, minerals and protein and doesn’t contain any gluten. It has been included in the superfood group.

I’ve already shared two quinoa salad recipes in the past (Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette and Quinoa and Apple Salad with Curry Dressing), but this time I have something different for you. Try it as a breakfast cereal. You cook it in milk, and add sweetener (such as stevia or honey), and once it is cooked mix in lots of berries. You can eat it warm, or make a batch to keep in the fridge and eat it cold with some extra milk (it gets thick, you’ll want to add some extra milk). I’m not writing this post because quinoa is trendy, but because I really like having this for breakfast. Honest. It has a nutty flavor, I love the texture, and it keeps me full all morning. As a variation for the topping, you can try peaches and slivered almonds.

My only recommendation is, watch the pot!  You’re cooking with milk, so keep an eye on it. You don’t want to ruin your morning by having milk boil over and make a mess out of your stove.

Update:  We were discussing this post with our friends, and one of them mentioned that in the procedure process I forgot to include that quinoa has to be washed (up to three times) before cooking.    I have never done so, but I noticed that on the box I buy, it doesn’t ask you to wash it since it is already pre-washed to take away the saponin that makes it bitter.   So, read the instruction from the particular brand of quinoa you purchase to know if you have to rinse it first, or not.

 

Helga

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