Chocolate Avocado Mousse

So I am just going to come out and say it…I am addicted to chocolate.

When I found this recipe for chocolate mousse I knew I had to try it with the healthy spin of adding avocado. I thought it was weird at first, but the avocado is really just the base and consistency for the mousse. To my surprise you only taste the chocolate! And you feel good eating it knowing you are getting some healthy fats from the avocado while indulging in some decadent chocolate! The best part, it is SO EASY to make!

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

chocolate avocado mousse

Ingredients
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
4 very ripe (8 ounce) avocados, peeled and pitted
1/2 cup agave
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
Kosher or rock salt, for garnish
Fresh raspberries, for garnish

Directions
Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl. Place over a small saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

Place the melted chocolate, avocados, agave, cocoa powder, almond milk, vanilla and salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Spoon into glasses and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (can be prepared 1 day in advance). Garnish with fresh raspberries, sprinkle with the kosher salt, and serve.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/chocolate-avocado-mousse-recipe.html

Savory Waffle: Cheddar & Scallion Waffle with Mustard Syrup

sweet and savory waffles

After an impromptu waffle iron buy last night, we decided to make waffles this morning! This savory waffle is delicious with the mustard syrup! And the best part is, it is so easy to make!

Cheddar & Scallion Waffles with Mustard Syrup

cheddar and scallion waffle

Ingredients (Makes 4-6 waffles, or 1 Belgium waffle)
Waffles:
1 cup flour
1/8 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 egg
3/4 cup of milk
3/4 of 1 stick of butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar (I used monterey jack)
3-4 tablespoons of scallions, chopped

Mustard Syrup:
1/2 cup syrup
1/8 cup dijon mustard
1/2 tsp salt

Directions
Waffles:
1. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
2. Whisk the milk, the cooled melted butter and 1 egg in a separate bowl until combined; pour into the flour mixture and stir until just combined. (A few small lumps are fine.)
3. Preheat a waffle iron; lightly brush with vegetable oil, then fill with batter three-quarters full and cook until the waffles are golden and crisp.

Mustard Syrup:
1. Combine the syrup, mustard and salt in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. When the mixture begins to bubble, turn the heat to low. Stir until well combined.
3. Pour into a serving container and serve immediately.

Pour the syrup over the waffles to serve and enjoy!

Recipe source: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/haylie-duff/mustard-maple-syrup.html and http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/top-notch-waffles.html

Parmesan Baked Chicken Strips

This has become a staple in our household. We like to call them “Grown-up chicken nuggets.” Baking the chicken instead of frying, and a little special spicy ketchup brings these chicken strips to the next level!

Parmesan Baked Chicken Strips

parmesan baked chicken strips

Ingredients
1 lb chicken tenders, or chicken strips
1 1/4 cup panko, bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten cooking spray

Spicy Ketchup
1/2 cup Ketchup
1 tbsp – 1/4 cup Sambal chili paste (or any hot sauce), I recommend you taste as you go so it’s not too spicy
1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
Pinch of Salt

Directions

Combine all the ingredients for the Spicy Ketchup and set aside.

Preheat oven to 450°F. Prepare a baking sheet by adding a wire rack on top of it and lightly coat with cooking spray.

Add the panko to a shallow dish and mix in the Parmesan and coarse salt. Drizzle the oil and mix well. Set out the flour and eggs both in separate dishes.

In small batches, coat the chicken in flour, shaking off any excess, dip in egg, and lastly coat well with panko. Transfer to the rack. Bake the chicken until desired tenderness, about 12-14 minutes, turning when halfway through. Serve nuggets with the Spicy Ketchup.

Recipe Source: http://rasamalaysia.com/baked-chicken-nuggets/2

Baked Spinach Dip Mini Bread Bowls

I love spinach artichoke dip! This recipe is a smaller, bite size, version of spinach dip! It is spinach dip wrapped in bread…what is better than that!?

Baked Spinach Dip Mini Bread Bowls

Baked Spinach Dip Mini Bread Bowls

Ingredients
13.3 oz roll of refrigerated french bread loaf, I used Simply Pillsbury
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Cups baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
3 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 Cup light sour cream
2 Tablespoons fresh shredded parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Ancho Chile Pepper (I used Chili Powder)
1/8 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Garlic Salt
1/8 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Sicilian Sea Salt (I used Kosher salt)
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.  Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat.  Cook and stir spinach until wilted, about 3 minutes then add garlic, cook and stir for another minute then turn heat off.

3. As the spinach and garlic cool down a bit, spray 10 regular muffin cups (can also use mini muffin tins) with non stick cooking spray.  Unroll package of french bread loaf and slice into 10 equal size slices, about 1 inch thick.  Press each slice into about a 3 inch round, I did this by pressing in between my hands.  Press into the bottom and up sides of the muffin cup.  Set aside.

4.  Mix cream cheese, sour cream, cooked spinach and garlic, Parmesan Cheese, Ancho Chili Powder, garlic salt, salt and pepper together in a medium bowl.  Mix until well combined.  With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dip into each of the centers of bread bowls.  Top evenly with shredded cheese and bake for 15-17 minutes until just turning brown on edges.  Remove and let cool for 3-5 minutes before removing from oven.

Recipe Source: http://picky-palate.com/2011/01/31/baked-spinach-dip-mini-bread-bowls/