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Chocolate PowerGather Cups

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These are total awesomesauce! They are Whole
Life Challenge approved, and unsweetened (really! I swear!), so I don’t even consider them a treat. They are chock full of satisfying fat, and just perfect for an energy boost and chocolate fix all in one. You might feel like you’re cheating, but I promise you’re not! another great thing about them…NO BAKING! You need to melt the coconut oil, but even for that, you could technically use a microwave ( blasphemy!)

Ingredients:

For the Chocolate:

1 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup – 1/3 cup cocoa powder, probably 6-8 tablespoons, depending on how strong you want it

Fillings:

1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon Chia seeds
1 tablespoon Flax meal
1/4 cup Hazelnuts
1/4 cup Macadamia nuts
1/2 cup Almonds
2/3 – 1 cup Almond butter
1/2 cup Dried apples
1/2 cup Dried currants (or raisins)
Sea salt

Add all the nuts to a plastic ziplock bag and use a hammer to break them up into smaller pieces.

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Then pour them, as well as any remaining dry ingredients to a bowl, and mix so they are well combined.

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add the almond butter and mix until it forms a batter and everything is well dispersed and combined.

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Take a spoon or an ice cream scoop and place a nice big dollop into paper or silicon cupcake cups.

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In a sauce pan, melt the coconut oil over low heat and grate in the coconut butter. Alternatively you can warm it so that it is soft and add it. Stir often and add the cocoa powder, stirring until combined.

Pour into the cups, and sprinkle with sea salt to finish. Then refrigerate for at least 30 – 45 minutes until the chocolate solidifies.

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Enjoy!

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Chicken Paleoindaloo

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Ok, so the name needs a little work. Open to suggestions!

Fairly often, one of my flavor cravings is indian food. So I decided to make something with a bit of spice and indian flair, my way. It’s not a particular dish, but the heat build up reminds me of a clove heavy vindaloo, which is one of my favorite dishes. I like cloves, which is why I added more than normal, but not everyone does, so you may want to cut back a little if you’re not sure. The heat definitely builds on this one – so keep that in mind if you are sensitive to spicy food.

I didn’t measure anything – so any spices in bold, I used GENEROUS amounts of. I apologize in advance if some of the pictures aren’t as nice as usual…I usually don’t photograph the cooking process (because I’m busy focusing on cooking), and didn’t have special lights to set up over the kitchen while dodging tomato splatter ha!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Chicken Breast
  • 3 large shallots
  • 3 large cloves of garlic
  • 2 yams or sweet potatoes – peeled and cubed
  • 1 28 oz can Cento Brand crushed tomato
  • 1 can Trader Joe’s light coconut milk
  • 2-3 cups sliced okra
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 whole allspice and cloves – smashed
  • Cardamom
  • Red cayenne pepper
  • Ginger
  • Hungarian paprika
  • Coriander
  • Tumeric
  • Cumin
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

Put all spices in a ziplock with chicken and rub around as a dry rub – let marinate for 1-2 hours

Cut up and cube 2 yams or sweet potatoes and chop 3 large cloves of garlic and 3 large shallots

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garlic and shallots

Heat 2 tablespoons duck fat.

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Using a kitchen scissors cut the chicken I to cubes or chunks and cook for a minute or two before adding the garlic and onion. Then throw them in and stir.

Chicken

After a minute add the sweet potato and stir.

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After a few minutes add the canned crushed tomato (28oz Cento brand) and coconut milk (Trader Joe’s) and stir. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice

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Add more of the spices you used earlier and 2 bay leaves, cover and let simmer. After it starts simmering hard, turn the heat down to medium – add a little lime juice.

Chop and add 2 stalks of celery and 2 cups (or 5 handfuls) frozen sliced okra.

Cover and continue to simmer and occasionally stir for 20 or so minutes until it starts to thicken as the sweet potatoes soften.

Add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, stir, and turn off heat.


Crock Pot Chocolate Chili Brisket

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Here is a nice crock pot recipe I made the other day. I always like trying to add cocoa powder into savory dishes, and I love the combination of chocolate and cayenne pepper. I was going to use a brisket, but I was sent a shoulder london broil with my meat order – so I used that instead. Crock pot beef is wonderful, because you don’t even need a knife, it just falls onto your fork, ready to be eaten.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 lb brisket or shoulder London broil
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic – largely chopped
  • 2 large carrots
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1/4 cup dried unsweetened un-sulfered cherries
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons cayenne [depending on how spicy you like it]
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons ginger powder
  • Fresh Basil ripped to pieces

Place the onions and some carrots on the bottom of the crock pot, then place the meat in. On top of the meat, add the cocoa powder and cayenne pepper. Add the rest of the vegetables, seasoning, and liquids. Cook in the crock pot on low  for 8 -10 hours.

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Instead of putting potatoes in the slow cooker with the rest of the dish, I decided to get some blue potatoes [ If regular potatoes are an issue for you, you can use another root veggie, or sweet potato] from the farm stand, and roast them for a side. Wash the potatoes, and remove any eyes. Cut slits in the potatoes, all along the length, but not all the way through. put some duck fat over each potato, so it seeps into the slits. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and rosemary, and bake for 40-60 minutes until tender.

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