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Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles with Raspberries and Macadamia Nuts

Dark Chocolate and Raspberries with Mint is divine! But if you like Macadamia Nuts better, I have given you options. Or, if you are like me, I like to make both!SO Perky raspberry and macadamia truffles

This is a brand new recipe with choices! I have added a powdered drink mix supplement that is new to Perfectly Posh called So Perky that has a lot of beneficial ingredients in it, to boost these truffles, like Green Coffee Bean, Matcha Green Tea, Peppermint, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12 and Ginseng! The mint flavor in this drink mix adds a nice flavor to the chocolate, plus other benefits. But, you can totally make this without it! All the new Knosh is allergen free, with no artificial colors! One of the many reasons I love it!

So Perky Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles

Here’s some more information below on the So Perky which you can pick up here.

 

So Perky

I like to add it to make these delicious dark chocolate bites an Energy Power Treat!

So Perky Truffles

They also have cashew butter in them, and are simple to make, because instead of cooling the truffle mixture and then rolling them into balls, which can be tedious, you simply pour it into mini muffin cups which is much quicker and easier!

Here’s how to make them!

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles with Raspberries and Macadamia Nuts (optional Knosh So Perky Drink Mix)

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips

1/4 Cup of Cashew Butter

2 Knosh So Perky Mint Julep Drink Mix packets (optional)

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/8 Teaspoon of Peppermint Extract

A pinch of Sea Salt

Freeze Dried Raspberries (crushed) 1 Cup

1/2 Cup of Macadamia Nuts (finely chopped)

Directions:

Prepare a mini muffin tin with 20 paper liners.

In a double broiler over simmering heat, melt the dark chocolate chips, cashew butter, a pinch of sea salt and 2 Knosh So Perky Mint Julep Drink Packets. Whisk with a fork until it is melted together. When completely melted, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and peppermint extracts.

Crush the freeze dried raspberries into a fine powder. I like to use a mini food processor. You can also do this in a plastic storage bag and crush them by rolling a rolling pin over the top of the sealed bag. Finely chop the macadamia nuts. Place each in a small bowl for sprinkling.

Place about a half teaspoon of the crushed raspberries and macadamia nuts in ten each of the mini muffin cups. Pour the melted truffle mixture evenly into each cup leaving a little room at the top for more raspberries and nuts. Immediately sprinkle the remaining crushed raspberries and macadamia nuts on top of the truffles accordingly.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes until set. Remove them from the mini muffin pan and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator to enjoy as needed!

Makes 20

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles with Raspberries and Macadamia Nuts

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Blueberry, Dark Chocolate Chip, Pecan Quick Mug Muffin

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Is there ever a season when we don’t need something quick in the kitchen? I don’t think so from my experience. Even in the Summer when the kids are out of school, the pace can be fast, and we have to purposefully carve out time to slow things down.

Quick Muffin 7

Our time Up North is winding down, and it has been so fun, relaxing and refreshing. Lots of quality time, but I’m feeling tired. Because even a vacation, or even especially a vacation, can make you tired.

Quick Muffin 3

During the last few days, I am running out of time to bake, and also not replenishing things like muffins that I don’t want to take with me traveling home.

Quick Muffin 5

So, I’ve made a new recipe for a quick 2 minute mug muffin. No big batch, just enough for two servings. Half for now, half for later, or to share all at once. It’s big enough for two.

This one has dried blueberries, pecans and dark chocolate chips in it, and I used a combination of Banana and Quinoa flour, and sweetened it healthfully with applesauce and maple syrup.

Quick Muffin Batter in Mug

Blueberry, Dark Chocolate Chip, Pecan Mug Muffin

You will need one 16 oz. Microwave Safe Mug

Ingredients:

1 Egg

1/4 Cup of No Sugar Added Applesauce

1/4 Cup of Quinoa Flour

2 Tablespoons of Banana Flour

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Pure Maple Syrup

1/4 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

1/8 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

A Pinch of Salt

1 Tablespoon of Dark Chocolate Chips

1 Tablespoon of Dried Blueberries

1 Tablespoon of Chopped Pecans

Directions:

Whisk together the egg, applesauce, maple syrup, olive oil and vanilla extract in a medium sized bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, except the chocolate chips, blueberries and chopped pecans. Whisk vigorously until smooth. Add a Tablespoon each of Dark Chocolate Chips, Blueberries and Chopped Pecans. Pour the batter into a 16 oz. microwave safe mug. (It should be half full). Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips, blueberries and pecans if desired.

Microwave on high for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes until cooked through and the muffin springs back to the touch. The first time you make this start at two minutes, and if needed go 30 seconds more. After that you will know your microwave time requirements for this muffin. Microwaves vary. This muffin Puffs Up Huge above the rim of the mug when microwaving. It will shrink back down level with the cup when it is cooled. There are no worries of it spilling over. Kids will enjoy watching this process, at least mine do. 🙂

Cool a little bit before eating this. It is good warm or cooled. 🙂

Serves 2

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Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Cookies (Grain Free)

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Walnut Grain Free Cookies

I am super pumped about this cookie, because it is the real deal, and it uses Banana Flour!

It does not taste like bananas. It tastes like a legit white flour cookie, but it is a grain free, Paleo, maple sugar sweetened, gluten and dairy free cookie! It even spreads in the oven without having to press it with your palm! If you are not a recipe developer, this might not be significant to you, but trust me, it’s awesome!!!

We have had a lot of batches of this cookie version around, as I’ve been testing it repeatedly and tweaking the ingredients. This is the one!

Gluten and Grain Free Banana Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond flour, coconut flour and other grain free flours are great for baking as well. But if you know me well enough, you know that my passion is writing recipes for food intolerances and those who want to eat healthier. Banana Flour isn’t something I have worked with before until now.

Grain Free Banana Flour Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

This cookie has dark chocolate chips, dried fruit sweetened cranberries and brain benefiting walnuts in it. For a nut free cookie, just omit the walnuts and increase the chocolate chips and cranberries equally. There is olive oil in the recipe as well….a very Italian and healthy baking ingredient! It is good in cookies! I did a 50/50 split between it and organic shortening. Shortening gives it the mouth feel you crave and helps with spreading and browning evenly.

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Cookies Healthier Bakiing

This is the banana flour I have been using to test and make these cookies. It is GMO Free Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo and contains only 100% bananas.

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Cookies Healthier Bakiing

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Cookies (Grain Free)

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Ingredients:

1 Egg

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons of Organic Shortening (I use Spectrum)

6 Tablespoons of Pure Maple Sugar

1/2 Cup of Banana Flour

1/2 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/8 Teaspoon of Nutmeg

1/8 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/3 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life)

1/3 Cup of Dried Fruit Sweetened Cranberries

1/3 Cup of Walnuts (chopped)

Directions:

In a medium mixing bowl, with an electric hand mixer, beat together the olive oil, shortening and maple sugar until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat for one minute. Sift together the banana flour, sea salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir it with a spatula into the wet mix until it is starting to incorporate. Then, beat it with an electric hand held mixer until incorporated and creamy. If you don’t stir it in with a spatula first, the banana flour is very light and will fly everywhere.

Fold in the chocolate chips, cranberries and walnuts with a spatula.

Banana Flour Cookie Dough

Scoop the dough into tablespoon mounds on two parchment lined cookie sheets. You should have 14 cookies.

Oven Ready Banana Flour Cookies

Bake in your preheated oven for 11 minutes, rotating the sheets half way through the baking (top to bottom and turning side to side). Cool for five minutes on the sheet, then remove to a wire rack to completely cool.

Enjoy!!!

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Grain Free Cookies, Dairy Free, Paleo, Gluten Free

 

 

Sundried Tomato, Basil, Chicken “Pasta”

Chicken, Tomato Basil Noodles

Good for you Pasta Bowls will all the flavor and more vegetables, less carbs!

That was the goal of this juicy chicken and pasta bowl.

Now I’m a girl who grew up with Pasta Sunday, and I still look forward to a big serving, but with a healthier twist that isn’t going to give my belly a pooch and have me slumping down on the sofa for the rest of the evening in a carbohydrate coma.

Chicken Tomato Basil Pasta Toss Grain Free

It is always a great idea to choose boneless chicken thighs if you don’t want to take the chance of getting a dry breast. Thighs just have more flavor, and according to Dr. Oz in his White Chicken Meat vs. Dark Chicken Meat episode by Food Journalist Mark Schatzker, we have been trained our whole life to go for the white meat as a healthier option but is it? That being said, if you use perfectly roasted chicken breasts in this recipe, they would be delicious too, just not as foolproof. There is definitely a time to use them, like in my new chicken salad recipe with lemon pepper and strawberries here! The key is they have to be roasted to perfection and not taken a minute beyond 165°F.

Now, onward!

I like to roast my spaghetti squash the day before in the oven while I am making that night’s dinner, let it cool, then shred it into noodles with a fork and refrigerate it until the next day when I plan to make this dish. You can also completely do it in the same day.

Chicken Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash Noodles

You are killing two birds with one stone, and saving a bunch of time by prepping it a day in advance.

This is a super flavorful pasta with beautiful oregano, basil and garlic all over the cubed thighs that are browned on the stove and then finished in the oven in 20 minutes total time. While the thighs are roasting, the rest of the ingredients can be prepped. Then you pour the chicken juices (broth) with all the seasonings right over the pasta. There is not a lot of fat in it because the chicken in skinless, but there is a Lot of Flavor!

Chicken Sundried Tomato Basil Pasta Grain and Dairy Free

Sundried Tomato, Basil, Chicken Pasta

1 Roasted Spaghetti Squash, cooled and shredded into “noodles”

1 Red Onion, Diced

2 Tablespoons of EVOO

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil Packed Organic Sundried Tomatoes, diced

1 Cup of Sliced Scallions (green onions)

1/2 Cup of Fresh Basil

1 Can of Organic Mushrooms, drained


2 Pounds of Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs

1 Tablespoon of Dried Oregano

1 Tablespoon of Dried Basil

1 Tablespoon of EVOO

Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

1 Tablespoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

2 Cloves of Minced Garlic

Directions:

Roast you spaghetti squash up to a day in advance. To roast the squash, preheat your oven to 400° degrees F. Split your spaghetti squash from stem to end and remove the seeds. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and place it cut side down onto a rimmed cookie sheet. Roast 45 minutes to an hour, or until the top of the squash is soft when pressed.

Remove from the oven, and flip upright to cool completely. Shred the squash with fork tines. If using later, cover and refrigerate.

On the day you are making the dish:

Preheat the oven to 400° degrees F.

Whisk together the basil, oregano, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. Brush the seasoning over your boneless chicken thighs. In a large skillet, brown the chicken thighs on each side for five minutes, using a little more olive oil if necessary to prevent sticking. Transfer the chicken thighs to a parchment lined cookie sheet, and place in the oven to finish cooking through for approximately ten minutes, or until the thermometer reaches 165° F. Remove the thighs from the oven, and when cool enough, cut each thigh into quarters. Reserve the chicken juices from the pan, this is the broth!

In the same uncleaned pan you used to cook the chicken, you will make the sauce. All the brown bits from the chicken are little nuggets of flavor.

Brown the diced red onion in two tablespoons of olive oil until tender. Add the sundried tomatoes, scallions and mushroom, and stir warming and incorporating them into the cooked onions. Now, add the previously prepped spaghetti squash and the chopped fresh basil. Toss with tongues to coat and evenly distribute the vegetables.

Add the chicken pieces and juices from the chicken to the “noodles” heating and incorporating gently.

Serve!

Sundried Tomato, Chicken and Basil Grain Free Pasta has tons of flavor! It uses boneless chicken thighs and is a perfect bowl noodles for Grain Free Pasta Night! Paleo, Dairy, Gluten and Grain Free.

 

 

Strawberry Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad

Strawberry Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad on Blue Tray

This chicken salad is my current Summer obsession! It has all the bright flavors of Summertime with it’s bright lemon and strawberry flavors with the bite of black pepper! Perfection!

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I do hope you give it a go, because I think you will really love it!

One of the keys to a really good chicken salad with white breast meat is roasting the chicken breasts to absolute perfection. It is handy to have a instant read thermometer for this. Another tip when roasting boneless, skinless breasts is to rub them with olive oil. It locks in the juices!

Ming loves Strawberry season! We got freshly picked ones from the Farmer’s Market!

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I use a loose mayonnaise based dressing in this chicken salad that has plenty of fresh lemon juice for a lovely zing!

Also incorporated into this salad is crunchy toasted pecans, two kinds of onions (scallions and yellow) and fresh diced strawberries!

Strawberry Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad

Ingredients for the Chicken:

3 pounds of good quality boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 to 5)

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

Zest of one Large Lemon

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Preheat your oven to 400° degrees F. Lay out the chicken breasts on a rimmed baking sheet. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Brush all over both sides of the breasts evenly. Roast in your preheated oven for about 20 minutes. Keep a close eye on them and do not take the breasts over 165° to ensure your chicken is juicy and tender. Check it at 20 minutes, remove any smaller breasts that may cook faster, then keep roasting if necessary in three minute increments until the chicken is done at 165° F. I can’t stand a dry breast!

When the chicken is done, remove it from the baking sheet onto a plate, then cover it with another plate to cool.

Assembling the Salad:

Ingredients:

2 Cups of Fresh Ripe Strawberries, diced

1/2 Cup of Finely Diced Yellow Onion

1/2 Cup of Green Scallions, sliced

1/2 Cup of Toasted Pecans (Toast at 350° degrees F. for 8 minutes) cooled and chopped

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Cup of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice (from the lemon you zested for the chicken)

1/2 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons of Good Mayo (I use this kind)

1 Tablespoon of Really Good Honey (Local is Lovely)

Directions to finish the Chicken Salad:

Cube your cooled chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes. Place in a large bowl. Add the diced yellow onion, scallions, and toasted chopped pecans. In a blender, blend together the chicken salad dressing ingredients until creamy and smooth: (the mayonnaise, lemon juice, honey, sea salt, black pepper). Pour the dressing over the chicken salad (saving the strawberries for last as they are tender) Toss the chicken salad until the ingredients are evenly disbursed and coated with the dressing. Now, fold in the diced strawberries. Chill and serve.

I hope you enjoy this delicious warm weather chicken salad full of the bright flavors of Summertime!

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Farm Market Local Strawberries

 

 

 

Tuscan Herb Spreadable Bean Dip

Tuscan Herb Spreadable Dip

Spreadable dips are perfect for all those Summer vegetables coming to market!

This dip is great year round on carrots, celery, cucumbers and healthy crackers. It is also terrific in a wrap. I have been particularly enjoying this on endive and with tender asparagus spears, and I’ve also been folding tender spring lettuces around it. It’s sooo good and versatile.

Tuscan Herb Spreadable Dip Healthy and Versatile. Vegetarian, Gluten and Dairy Free

Prep Time

10 minutes

Prep Notes

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Cooking Time

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Yields

10 servings

Ingredients

1 15. oz can of White Kidney Beans (aka Cannellini Beans) I use Eden Organic BPA Free

2 Tablespoons of Rice Vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Garlic Infused Olive Oil (or two cloves of minced garlic and EVOO)

2 Tablespoons of Minced Green Onion

1 1/2 Tablespoons of Minced Fresh Parsley

1/2 Tablespoon of Nutritional Yeast

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Directions

  1. Combine the can of drained and rinsed beans, vinegar, garlic infused oil, nutritional yeast, sea salt and black pepper in a food processor.
  2. Process until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl a couple of times. 
  3. Transfer to a bowl.
  4. Add green onions and parsley, and mix with a spoon.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  6. Serve with cut up veggies or chips.

Creamy Garlic and Herb Bean Dip Gluten and Dairy Free

Beans are a versatile protein rich source of fiber and vitamins, and they make a terrific spread! I hope you enjoy making and using this.

Please send me photos of how you are using this. I love to hear from you!

Tuscan Herb Spreadable Bean Dip. A delicious creamy, protein rich vegetarian accompaniment. Gluten Free & Dairy Free

Creamy Cannellini Bean Salad for your next Backyard BBQ

Cannellini Bean Salad for a Creamy Side or Burger and Sandwich Topper

Cannellini Beans, which are white kidney beans, have to be one of the creamiest beans I have ever had.

The fact that they are white makes them very eye appealing when cooking them with other bright colors like red onion and herbs.

Cannellini Bean Salad Keeping It Real

This Cannellini Bean Salad is reminiscent of a good potato salad. The texture and flavor reminds me of it.

I started making this recipe several months ago, and my kids have been requesting it, so I finally decided it was time to blog it.

Cannellini Bean Salad for your Backyard BBQ's

I always buy my canned beans from Eden Organics, because when beans are not properly prepared, they can be difficult to digest, and I like the way Eden prepares them. I personally don’t react to them. Eden Organics prepares all their beans by first washing and soaking them overnight before pressure cooking them, which thoroughly inactivates the lectins that can cause gas, bloating and difficulties with digestion. They also use BPA Free cans, and their beans contain no additives.

Creamy Cannellini Bean Salad

You can go crazy with this salad by adding it on top of burgers and in sandwiches or just eat it as it was originally intended, as a side. But if you’re like me, you push the boundaries.

I have a new dip I will share soon using Cannellini Beans that is super good too! You gotta love these creamy beans and their versatility!

Beans are healthy when prepared properly and contain plant based protein and fiber along with vitamins, minerals, folic acid, potassium, and zinc. Their complex carbs also provide crash free energy.

Creamy Cannellini Bean Salad

1 Can of Eden Organics Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed

1/3 Cup of Diced Red Onion

1/3 Cup of Diced Celery

1/4 Cup of Good Mayo (I use this brand)

1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Tablespoon of Yellow Mustard

1 Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice

1/4 Teaspoon of Dried Dill

1/4 Teaspoon of Dried Parsley

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Directions:

Place Cannellini Beans into a medium bowl and very roughly mash them with a fork. You only want them to be partially mashed. But you can play with this to make them to your liking. Add the diced onion and celery and toss.

In a separate bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients for the dressing. Fold the dressing into the beans, onion and celery. Refrigerate for one hour. This salad will last three days in the refrigerator.

Creamy Cannellini Bean Salad for your next Backyard BBQ - Keeping It Real. This recipe is Dairy Free and is Naturally Gluten Free and Vegetarian

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