The Easy Dinner Cookbook

No-fuss recipes and family-friendly meals for the busy lifestyle. I mean who doesn’t want that?! I’m super excited to share with you the release of my new cookbook and can I just tell you it is jam packed with easy, quick recipes that are all mostly 30 minute meals. There is also a whole chapter dedicated to slow cooker and pressure cooker recipes and these alone are worth the book!

I hope you love it as much as I do. I’ve always want to use my skill set as a chef, business woman and super busy momma of soon to be 3 kiddos to help make dinner, meals in general and cooking a less daunting task. These are recipes that I use daily in my own home to make it all happen for my own families busy lifestyle and schedule that taste good (otherwise it is not sustainable), are healthy, quick to make and ones that the whole family enjoy!

The cookbook goes on PREORDER now and fully launches out MARCH 31st so grab your copy now at the link provided right here:

https://amzn.to/2ONIu2l

If you love it too, please review it on Amazon so other people can discover why your enjoying it and how it is making your life easier. I also want to know and to help others know what recipes you are absolutely loving! Favorites of mine are the Cauliflower Salad with Cranberries & Almonds, Deviled Egg Salad, Mexican-Style Baked Eggs with Tortillas, White Tortilla Pizzas, Butter Bean Stew, Sheet Pan Quesadillas, Honey Mustard Glazed Sheet Pan Chicken, Cold Chickpea Salad with Sliced Pita, Pressure Cooker Smoked Paprika Chicken, Sheet Pan Sausage Dinner, Easy Vegetarian Taco Bowls, Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken and so much more!!

I always want to be of service to helping people come together around a meal. I think this pause even if for just 20 minutes is so important. The act of making each other a priority and connecting even if just briefly to enjoy a meal together is so important. I really believe in our current on the go culture, we need this time so much right now.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Pumpkin Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

GLUTEN FREE OATMEAL PUMPKIN CHERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

I made these cookies with my daughter not too long ago and she absolutely loved them.  They are so easy to do, super quick to make and most importantly absolutely delicious.  Sometimes we have them as an afternoon snack but they also can be used as a breakfast cookie or even preworkout or post workout fuel!  They are super versatile too as the dried fruit can be adjusted or even left out.  I personally love mine with a hot cup of tea in the late day when I’m feeling snacky.  This is a super fun project with kiddos too as the ingredients are super simple and kids love measuring and adding the different ingredients into the bowls.  It such a great way to connect with them if you don’t mind your kitchen getting a little messy.  They also make fantastic meal prep for the week and store well in an airtight Pyrex glass container for several days.

EQUIPMENT

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Large mixing bowl

2 Cookie sheets

INGREDIENTS 

2 local organic eggs 

1 tbs real organic vanilla extract

2 tbs grassfed clarified ghee

1 tsp cinnamon

3 tbs real maple syrup 

1/2 of a can organic pumpkin purée 

1 tsp sea salt

1 1/2 cups gluten free flour Pamela’s baking mix (chef’s note: if you are not using Pamela’s flour please add 1 tsp of baking powder)  

4 packages qia gluten free oatmeal cinnamon pumpkin seed or the equivalent of 2 cups of gluten free oatmeal 

2 tbs sweetened naturally organic dried cherries 

2/3 cup 70% dark  chocolate chips 

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl combine eggs, vanilla extract, ghee, cinnamon and maple syrup.  Now add pumpkin purée, sea salt then add the gluten free flour and oatmeal. Combined with a fork then add the cherries and dark chocolate chips.  Using a large spoon, scoop cookie dough onto greased cookie sheets or parchment paper lined cookie sheets . Bake at 350 for approx. 20-25 minutes till golden brown.  Yields approx. 18 cookies.  Enjoy!

For more easy, delicious recipes like this, my new cookbook Empowerful can be ordered at the below link.  It makes a great holiday gift too!!!

https://www.amazon.com/EmPowerful-Finding-Empowerment-Everyday-Connection/dp/1978475969/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1535032588&sr=1-1&keywords=Empowerful+book

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Happy Holidays from my kitchen to yours!

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Seasonal Holiday Chocolate Bark

SEASONAL HOLIDAY CHOCOLATE BARK

Call me crazy, but this is my favorite time of year.  I absolutely love the holiday season.  The smells, the lights, the Christmas tree, the wild and excited kiddos.  I know one day they will not be this age and so I really try to cherish each year that we still have where they are so ever present in the magic of the holidays.  We have certain traditions, certain foods that we come back to year after year and this holiday bark is one of them.  It makes the most fabulous gift and is so easy to do too!  It is especially fun to do with kiddos and the options are honestly endless.  You can use whatever chocolate you like (milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate) and add whatever nuts, dried fruit, pretzels, crushed candy canes for peppermint bark!  You can go super gourmet such as black pepper, dried apricots and lemon zest or pistachio, sea salt with dried cherries just to name a few!

It is really hard to mess this recipe up not to mention everyone who receives it will absolutely love it.  People really appreciate homemade gifts because you’ve made them with your own hands.  You took the time to slow down a bit and make something from the heart.  I think there the best gifts anyway.  Most importantly though, I really believe the holidays are about finding ways to gather and connect.  Food and the traditions around food and the holidays can be such a beautiful way to bring people together.  If this recipe can do just that, then I’ve done my job.

 

EQUIPMENT:

Double boiler or pots of equal size

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Rubber spatula

Parchment paper

9 by 13 inch brownie or cake pan

Large sharp knife

INGREDIENTS:

5-6 3.5 oz Chocolate Bars (I like Green & Blacks 70% & 85% dark chocolate bars) broken into pieces

1 tbs unrefined coconut oil

2 tsp sea salt

1 cup dried and sweetened cranberreis

1 cup roasted almonds

1/2 pistachios

METHOD:

First take your brownie or cake pan and line it with parchment paper, then set it aside.  Take a double boiler or pots of equal size and place water in the bottom pot, then place the other pot directly on top.  Add the pieces of chocolate along with the coconut oil and place your stove top to medium heat.  As chocolate begins to melt, reduce the heat to low.  Once the chocolate is completely melted,  use your rubber spatula to pour the melted chocolate into your parchment lined pan making sure the chocolate is evenly distributed.  Sprinkle the chocolate with the sea salt evenly then follow with the dried cranberries, almonds and pistachios or whatever you are adding to your bark.  I like to let my chocolate set up overnight but you can quicken the process by placing your chocolate in the freezer for 1-2 hours till it becomes firm (just watch it closely so it does not freeze).  Once firm, remove the chocolate with the parchment paper out of the pan.  Take a sharp knife and cut the chocolate bark into “bark like” pieces.  Once all the chocolate has been cut, you can store the bark in an airtight glass container such as a Pyrex.  It will keep well for at least 7-10 days at room temperature or you can store it in the refrigerator.   Assemble them when your ready into gifts by placing two to three pieces of bark in a clear cookie bag, then tie with a pretty ribbon.  They make the most lovely gifts!

For more easy, delicious recipes like this, my new cookbook Empowerful can be ordered at the below link.  It makes a great holiday gift too!!!

https://www.amazon.com/EmPowerful-Finding-Empowerment-Everyday-Connection/dp/1978475969/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1535032588&sr=1-1&keywords=Empowerful+book

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Happy Holidays from my kitchen to yours!

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Beef Stew Slow Cooked with Seasonal Persimmon and Whiskey

 

BEEF STEW SLOW COOKED WITH SEASONAL PERSIMMON AND WHISKEY

This recipe is absolutely delicious.  My whole family absolutely adored it and it is a great way to utilize those wonderful seasonal persimmons.  When ripe, persimmon are honestly one of the most lovely fruits.  I really believe there is a reason why they were always present in stories of the great Greek gods and goddesses!  They are so sweet when ripe and packed with powerful nutrition as they are packed with Vitamin C, boost immunity, aid in digestion, powerful enzymes and much more!  I absolutely love them slow cooked in stews like this because they give this fantastic dimension, subtle sweetness and robust flavor. (just make sure to remove the skins and that the persimmon are very ripe).  We served ours over garlic mashed potatoes which if you haven’t already grab my chef tip on my instagram account, you should!  It will take your mashed potatoes to a whole other level.  This can also be served on it’s own to keep it paleo/grain free or another favorite of ours is over buttered noodles.  Anyway you serve it, this recipe is a definite keeper any night of the week but would be really perfect on a Sunday or as an alternative over the holidays to all that turkey!

I hope the most important piece is that everyone tries to find a moment to slow down, gather and connect.  I think this time of year especially for those living in colder temperatures can be so comforting.  I really believe the seasons guide us and as winter approaches it can be a beautiful time of reflection.  I know I personally like to review my year as the new year approaches and think about what I’ve learned, what I’m ready to let go of and what I’m ready to bring more of into my life.  Food can be a part of helping us to nourish this slow down as well.  Meals like this slow us down and force us to pause from our busy lives.  Plus, your house will smell absolutely divine too so there is that!

 

EQUIPMENT

Oven safe pot with a lid or cast iron pot with lid

Measuring spoons

Measuring cups

Wooden spoon

INGREDIENTS 

1 grass fed beef chuck roast

1 clove of fresh garlic peeled and sliced in half

1 tbs sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil 

1 large shallot peeled and minced

2 celery stalks ends removed washed and chopped

2 additional cloves garlic peeled and minced 

2 tbs fresh parsley washed and minced

4 carrots washed peeled and minced

1 celeriac root peeled and chopped (optional)

2 sprigs fresh thyme 

2 sprigs fresh rosemary 

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper 

3 very ripe persimmons core and skin removed, then sliced (the fruit should be almost gooey and incredibly mushy to the touch)  

1/2 cup whiskey (alcohol will cook off so do not worry about serving this to kiddos)

1 cup low sodium chicken stock store bought or homemade 

Preheat oven to 400.  Take your beef roast and rub with sea salt and black pepper on all sides, then rub with fresh garlic all over.  This will tenderize the meat.  Set the roast aside briefly.  Take an oven safe pot with a lid and add olive oil then place your stove top to medium/high heat.  Once hot, add beef roast and sear the meat 5 minutes on each side till the outside begins to brown continuing to rotate the roast till all the sides are seared nicely and brown.  Then remove from pan and set aside briefly once again.  Add shallots, celery, garlic, parsley, carrots, celeriac root, fresh thyme, rosemary, sea salt and black pepper.  Sauté for 8-10 minutes till the vegetables become tender.  Now add ripe persimmons and whiskey and reduce heat to low, then add your beef roast back to the pot and simmer for 2-3 minutes then add chicken stock.  Simmer another 5 minutes then place the lid on your oven safe pot.   Now place the roast (making sure the lid is on) into your oven at 400 degrees and set your timer for 15 minutes.  Then reduce the oven to 275 and continue to cook the roast for another 2.5 hours continuing to leave the lid on.  Once done, remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes.  Slice the beef roast then serve immediately with the cooked veggies and gravy that the beef roast cooked in.  As discussed above, this is delicious over garlic mashed potatoes, buttered noodles or on it’s own.  Enjoy!

For more easy, delicious recipes like this, my new cookbook Empowerful can be ordered at the below link.  It makes a great holiday gift too!!!

https://www.amazon.com/EmPowerful-Finding-Empowerment-Everyday-Connection/dp/1978475969/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1535032588&sr=1-1&keywords=Empowerful+book

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Ground Turkey Three Bean Chili

GROUND TURKEY THREE BEAN CHILI 

This time of year is actually very busy with all the variety of after school activities and holiday preparations.  I’am also thoughtful this time of year of mainting that balance between enjoying the holidays while still trying to maintain some consistency with meal prep and nourishing meals that keep our family balanced.  It is one of the many reasons I love this particular recipe! In fact, this recipe is so good it is fabulous to take to any holiday potluck as everyone will really enjoy it which is great too.

This is a favorite in our house especially with my kiddos so anytime that happens it becomes a regular staple in our meal rotation.  It is also a fabulous way to pack a lot of powerful nutrition in there.   I love the versatility too of this recipe as I have made it so many different ways.  It can be made vegan by simply omitting the meat.  I have done it with shredded chicken thighs, ground beef.  In fall, I often will throw some seasonal diced butternut or delicata squash in there.  It also makes for fantastic meal prep for the week as it holds really well in a airtight glass container thorough the week in the fridge.  My husband loves to take the leftovers to work and I generally get two meals out of this as the first day I will serve it over sprouted quinoa or brown rice with all the fixings.  Then the next day or day after we serve it over baked potatoes which is amazing!!  This recipe really satisfies that need and desire for warming, comforting foods for those living in cooler climates too.  All the way round this is a recipe that you will want to keep around!  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

EQUIPMENT:

Large stock pot

Wooden Spoon

Measuring Spoons

Measuring Cups

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbs olive oil

1 small onion peeled and minced

3 cloves of fresh garlic peeled and minced

3 tbs fresh cilantro washed and diced

3 stalks celery washed and diced

5 medium carrots peeled and diced 

1 lb ground organic turkey

Pinch of sea salt 

Freshly ground black pepper 

1 24 oz jar or can of crushed tomatoes 

3 tbs organic ketchup 

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 

3 tbs real maple syrup

2 tbs chili powder

2 tbs cumin powder 

1 can of pinto beans rinsed 

1 can kidney beans rinsed

1 can black beans rinsed 

2 cups filtered water 

METHOD:

Take a large stock pot and add olive oil then place heat on medium.  Add minced onion, garlic and fresh cilantro and cook approx. 2-3 minutes till onion becomes translucent. Then add celery and carrots and cook another 5 minutes.  Now add ground turkey and sauté for 8 minutes till ground turkey is mostly cooked.  Now add can or jar of crushed tomatoes along with ketchup, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup.  Then add chili powder and cumin along with the pinto beans, kidney beans and black beans, then add filtered water (chef tip: I pour my filtered water into my jar or can of tomato sauce to get it all out so there is no waste then I add to chili). Bring heat up to high so the chili can come to a quick boil then immediately reduce to low and leave the top of the pot slightly off so chili can reduce and thicken for approx. 30 minutes.  Once done, I love garnishing with fresh cilantro, avocado, hot sauce, unsweetened coconut yogurt or you can use sour cream. Other options are topping it off with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.

For more easy, delicious recipes like this, my new cookbook Empowerful can be ordered at the below link.  It makes a great holiday gift too!!!

https://www.amazon.com/EmPowerful-Finding-Empowerment-Everyday-Connection/dp/1978475969/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1535032588&sr=1-1&keywords=Empowerful+book

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Gluten Free Vegan Dark Chocolate Energy Bliss Bars

GLUTEN FREE VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE ENERGY BLISS BARS

There are a lot of energy bars, fitness bars, on the go bars, you name it there are lots of bars lol!  I personally like to make my own because I know what is going into them.  It also allows you to control the sugar, sodium levels and keep them simple without any added preservatives or extra ingredients we really don’t need as they aren’t great for our gut health either.

I think what I really love about these most though is how easy they are to do plus the versatility.  The nut butter can be switched to peanut butter, sunflower butter, almond butter just to name a few and they can be topped with goji berries, crushed nuts or whatever you fancy.  These are really nice as an afternoon pick me up with a big cup of tea or as a dessert.  You can also cut them into any size you like.  If you want, they can be cut into smaller individual bite size bars or a bit larger for more granola bar size.  You get to choose so that’s the fun part!  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do for sure.  I really love the extra crunch of the cacao nibs in these and they give you a little subtle energy boost too!  We could all use a little of that!

TOOLS:

Square baking pan 9 by 9

Parchment Paper

Measuring Spoons

Measuring Cups

Food Processor

Spatula

Double Boiler or Two Equal Sized Small Pots

Sharp Knife

INGREDIENTS:

Bottom Crust:

12 dates pitted deglet or medjool dates 

1/2 cup hot water for soaking dates 

2 cups gluten free oatmeal (I like Qia oatmeal)

Pinch of sea salt

2 tbs cacao nibs 

2 tbs flax seeds (optional)

1/2 cup cashew butter or nut butter of your choice 

1 tsp real vanilla extract 

3 tbs reserved date water

Second Layer:

2/3 cup cashew butter or nut butter of your choice 

2 tbs cacao nibs (optional) for added crunch

Top Layer for chocolate coating:

1 cup dark chocolate chips 

1 tbs coconut oil 

Pinch of sea salt (optional)

2 tbs cacao nibs (optional)

METHOD:

Take a small bowl and add pitted dates then add hot water.  Set aside and let soak for 10 minutes.  While the dates are soaking, take your food processor and add oatmeal, sea salt cocoa nibs, flax seeds, cashew butter and vanilla extract.  Now remove dates from the water, making sure to save the date water.  Add the softened pitted dates.  Pulse the food processor till the ingredients become a sticky dough then add the reserved date water and continue to pulse a little more till all the ingredients are fully combined and a nice dough has formed.  Take your baking pan and line with parchment paper, then use a spatula and add dough.  Use your spatula first, then your hands by pressing to evenly distribute the dough thoroughly though the pan making approximately a 1 inch bottom.

Once you have the bottom layer down, now use a spatula and smooth the second nut butter layer over the dough.  You can sprinkle as well with cacao nibs for extra crunch.  Then set aside briefly while you make the top chocolate layer.

Take a double boiler or two equal sized pots and place them inside of each other.  Fill the bottom pot with water then place the second pot on top.  Add the dark chocolate chips along with the coconut oil then place your heat on your stove top to medium.  Chocolate will begin to melt.  Once fully melted, use a spatula once again and pour over the nut butter layer.  Evenly smooth the chocolate over the top till fully covered.  Sprinkle with another layer of cacao nibs and a touch of sea salt to add extra flavor and crunch.  It is optional but makes this really special.  Then place in the freezer for at least one hour till the bars are firm and chocolate is solid.

Once firm, take a very sharp knife and cut into indivual bars.  These can be stored in an airtight glass container like a Pyrex in your refrigator for up to 7 days or some like to keep these in the freezer.  Yum!

For more easy, delicious recipes like this, my new cookbook Empowerful can be ordered at the below link:

https://www.amazon.com/EmPowerful-Finding-Empowerment-Everyday-Connection/dp/1978475969/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1535032588&sr=1-1&keywords=Empowerful+book

If you enjoy my recipes, I would love to see your pictures and creations! Please tag me and your favorite recipes on social media on Facebook at Chef Emery or on Instagram @chef_emery !

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Vegan Cannellini and Garbanzo Bean Meatballs with a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

It is world vegan day today and it go me thinking about delicious vegan recipe ideas!  Even if your not a vegan, these are so yummy and even my kids surprisingly loved these wholesome bowls.  I really believe we all could benefit from eating at least 2-3 plant based meals during the week and dishes like this are a fun way to do it.  They are super versatile as you can add whatever sauté veggies or roasted veggies you love.  I made vegan rice bowls and piled it high with sautéed purple cabbage, mushrooms and kale along with some sliced avocado but there are endless options.  You could serve these meatballs over pasta or with sweet potatoes, squash, regular roasted potatoes or make falafel sandwiches or pita sandwiches and then pile high with these meatballs.  This fantastic red pepper sauce can also be used in a variety of ways.  It is lovely as a dressing for just about any veggie, salad or even over tofu.

Vegan Cannellini and Garbanzo Bean Meatballs with a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Tools:

Measuring Spoons

Measuring Cups

Food Processor

Parchment Paper

Cookie Sheet

Large Sauté Pan

Ingredients:

For Meatballs:

2 tbs olive oil

1 1/2 onions peeled and sliced

4 cloves garlic peeled and minced

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper 

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp dried oregano 

2 tbs fresh cilantro washed and minced 

1 can cannellini beans drained and rinsed

1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed 

Reserve 1/4 cup of the onion, garlic mixture once cooked for red pepper sauce 

For Red Pepper Sauce:

Juice of one lemon

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper 

2 tbs Fresh cilantro washed 

1/4 cup of the remaining sautéed onions and garlic 

2/3 cup avocado mayonnaise 

2 large roasted red peppers 

2 tbs tahini 

1 small ripe avocado with pit removed and flesh scooped out 

Method:

Preheat oven to 375

Take a large sauté pan and add olive oil then place heat on your stove top to medium.  Then add onions, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, cumin, chili powder, oregano, and fresh cilantro.  Sauté approximately 10 minutes till onions are translucent and all of the flavors come together.  Set aside briefly.  Empty the cannellini beans and garbanzo beans into your food processor.  Now add the onion and garlic mixture into the food processor along with the beans.  Pulse continually till it forms a thick paste.  Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper then use an ice cream scoop or large spoon and form individual meatballs.  This recipe will make approximately one dozen.   Chef’s note:  the c0nsistency of the meatballs will be sticky.  Bake in the oven at 375 for 30-35 minutes till the meatballs are golden brown.  Turn the oven off and let meatballs rest the oven to stay warm while you make the red pepper sauce.

Using your food processor, add lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper, fresh cilantro, remaining sautéed onions and garlic, avocado mayo, roasted red peppers, tahini and avocado.  Pulse until the sauce runs smooth and all of the ingredients come together.  I like to leave it in the food processor and pulse it one last time before I serve it over my vegan bowls.

Assemble the bowls whatever way you like over cooked rice, roasted potatoes, etc. and along with whatever your favorite veggies are then drizzle with this fabulous red pepper sauce.  Super delicious and makes fabulous leftovers and meal preparation for the week!

For more easy, delicious recipes like this, my new cookbook Empowerful can be ordered at the below link:

https://www.amazon.com/EmPowerful-Finding-Empowerment-Everyday-Connection/dp/1978475969/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1535032588&sr=1-1&keywords=Empowerful+book

If you enjoy my recipes, I would love to see your pictures and creations! Please tag me and your favorite recipes on social media on Facebook at Chef Emery or on Instagram @chef_emery !

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Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Zuchini Muffins

It is that time of year where summer is beginning to come to an end and kiddos are going back to school. It is bittersweet indeed and I don’t know about you but I’m not quite sure where the summer actually went!  Ours literally flew by and I’ve already been in the mode of school supply shopping, new sneakers, etc. and all the good stuff that comes along with back to school.  I have to say I actually always love this time of year because it is like a reset that almost feels like a new year.  Fresh start, new teachers and time to get back into routines of earlier bed times, meal planning and the daily rituals that make us feel balanced.  I find this time of year it is important to have some solid recipes that help with this transition and in my opinion, this is one of them.

This recipe is so easy, quick and makes wonderful meal prep for the week.  I especially love one in the afternoon with a good cup of tea but more importantly it is an amazing opportunity to use up all that glorious produce!  Nature is in full bloom right now and there is more than ample zucchini to go around and to be honest its hard to know what to do with all of it.  All you garden growers know what I’m taking about!  We can only make so many zucchini boats, soups, zucchini noodles and by now I’m sure you’ve already persuaded as many friends as possible to take some please!  I love zuchini don’t get me wrong and it has a myriad of uses but one of my favorites is this delcious dark Chocolate zucchini muffin recipe.  It is a great excuse to to eat chocolate and hey get your veggies too!  The recipe is very easy to follow and is really delcious and moist.  I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does!

Equipment

One large bowl

One medium bowl

Measuring spoons and cups

A one dozen muffin tin

Ingredients

3 eggs

3 tbs extra virgin olive oil

2 tbs unrefined coconut oil, melted

1 tsp real vanilla extract

1/2 cup real maple syrup

1 cup buttermilk or unsweetened non dairy milk such as almond or hemp

2 cups zucchini, washed then shredded (press excess water out with a towel)

2 cups gluten free baking flour, I used Pamelas  http://www.pamelasproducts.com

Chef’s Note * If using alternative flour, please add 1 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp sea salt

2 tbs Dark Chocolate Chips

Method

Preheat your oven to 375

Take a large bowl and crack all three eggs into the bowl, then add olive oil, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, maple syrup and buttermilk.  Use a fork or spatula to fully combine then add shredded zucchini.  Fold the zucchini in till fully combined, then set mixture aside briefly.  

In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients of the gluten free flour, cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa and sea salt.  Use a fork to combine the dry ingredients then add them to the wet zucchini mixture. Use a fork or spatula to fully combine the dry ingredients in.  Now add the chocolate chips and fold them through the batter.  Take a one dozen muffin tin and line with parchment paper muffin liners or grease the tin.  Use a large spoon to add the batter to the muffin tin.  Bake at 375 for approx 30-35 minutes.  Yields approx 1 dozen.

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Deconstructed Spring Roll Salad

Deconstructed Spring Roll Salad 

It has been so hot out there that the idea of even heating an oven seemed not only like a bad idea but not possible.  Up here in Maine we aren’t used to these warms temps but hey thank god for recipes like this!  Today was a typical crazy busy day between work, managing my children’s busy summer schedules, add the idea of cooking in this heat and I needed something quick, easy and delicious.  This magical deconstructed spring roll salad was born and viola, life was manageable again lol!

This was super easy to assemble, required zero effort from my oven (so all those who store their sweaters in their oven can put them back in there..you know who you are) and was so refreshing and delicious.  My kids really loved it to and I loved that there were leftovers that I could store in my favorite mason jar for my next days lunch.  Yes!  This would also make fabulous meal prep for your week as you could make multiple mason jars that you could grab on the go for lunches.  I also thought it looked so beautiful that it would be a fantastic show stopper for entertaining or for taking to your next BBQ or potluck.  Either way it is sure to please and I hope you enjoy it!

Serves 2-4

Equipment

Tea kettle for boiling water

One large bowl

One medium bowl

One small bowl

Fork or Whisk

Ingredients:

For Dressing:

1/2 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup sesame oil

3 tbs fish sauce

Juice of one lime

2 tbs real maple syrup

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

For Salad:

2 packages of bean thread noodles soaked in hot water for 5-6 minutes till tender

1/2 large napa cabbage washed and chopped

1 red pepper washed, cored and diced

1 1/2 cucumbers washed, peeled and sliced

1 avocado washed, pit and skin removed then sliced

1 bunch fresh cilantro washed, stems removed

3 carrots washed, peeled and sliced into matchsticks

1/2 cup cashews or peanuts crushed ( I personally love @grandyoats nuts) https://www.grandyoats.com

 

The Method

Take a small bowl and add rice vinegar, sesame oil, fish sauce, lime juice, maple syrup, sea salt and black pepper.  Whisk well and set aside briefly so flavors can come together.

Take your kettle and place your stove top to high heat till the water is hot but not boiling.  Take a medium size bowl and add bean thread noodles then pour the hot water over the noodles till just covered.  Let rest in the hot water for 5-8 minutes till the noodles become tender then strain immediately and set aside briefly.

Take your large bowl and add chopped Napa cabbage, then add red pepper, cucumbers, sliced avocado, fresh cilantro and carrots.  I like to lay the vegetables in bunches around the edge of the salad.  Then place the tender bean thread noodles in the center.  Now add crushed peanuts or cashews on top of the noodles.  Whisk the dressing one more time then pour over the whole salad.  Toss well.  Ideally let the salad marinate for 30 minutes so all the flavors can come together.  Serve immediately or store in individual mason jars which can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Enjoy!

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