Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mock Potato Salad

I created this recipe as an option for the ever present summer parties. It seems like we have had something to bring a dish to almost every weekend this summer. This is a clean eating option that still allows you to enjoy the traditional flavors of summer. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Mock Potato Salad
1 Head of Cauliflower
3 Hard Boiled Eggs
6 Slices of Bacon- cooked crispy
3 Stalks of Celery
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp Dry Mustard
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
Salt to taste

Start a large pot to boil on the stove top with about 2 inches of water.

While it is coming to a boil clean and trim the cauliflower.

Place the cauliflower, stem down into the boiling water in order to steam it. Place a lid on the pot and turn down to medium. (or if you have a steamer basket you could use that; I don't, so this is how I do it.)

Steam the cauliflower for 10 minutes. You are looking for a still crunchy texture, but with just a bit of the crunch taken off. 
While the cauliflower is steaming, chop the eggs, bacon and celery. 

In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, mustard, onion powder and salt.

Remove the cauliflower from the pot and carefully chop it into bite size pieces. Allow it to cool a bit.

Place the cauliflower in a large bowl and combine it with celery, bacon and eggs. Add in the mayonnaise mixture and stir to combine.

Place in the refrigerator for several hours to allow the flavors to meld. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dark Chocolate Coconut Brownie Bites

This is a recipe I developed several months ago, but with the craziness of life it got lost in the move. This month I was encouraged to dig it out by one of the original recipe testers. So here is it... it has been a big hit with everyone who has tasted them!

**Sorry for the quality of the photos. I am working in someone else's kitchen until we get settled into our new home in New Orleans, and unfortunately a lot of the pictures have to be snapped with my cell phone. I will be remaking this recipe this weekend and I will get some better pictures, but I wanted to get it up for those who were asking for it! **

Dark Chocolate Coconut Brownie Bites

7 oz Dark Chocolate
1/2 C Coconut Oil
1/2-1 C Honey or Maple Syrup (to desired sweetness)
6 Eggs
1 C Cocoa Powder
Additional Dark Chocolate for Dipping
Unsweetened Finely Shredded Coconut for Coating

Preheat oven to 375. Melt dark chocolate and coconut oil on stove top. 
While it is melting, combine wet ingredients (sweetener and eggs) and add in cocoa powder (it will take a while because cocoa powder is hard to wet and it will be quite stiff).
 Once somewhat combine add in melted coconut oil and chocolate and stir to combine. Spoon into an 9X9 Pyrex (don't need to grease it, there is enough in the batter). 
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely. Once cooled, melt additional chocolate. In a separate bowl pour unsweetened coconut. 
Cut brownies into bite size pieces. One at a time coat brownie in chocolate and then roll in coconut. 
Place on wax paper till dry. Enjoy!