Turkey Chili

I really have to try this for my hubby next week. I will come back with a feedback 🙂

Joann's Food For Thought

Turkey ChiliAm I the only one that makes casseroles, chili, soups and stews all year round? Sure, they warm your belly in the winter months, but why shouldn’t you make your belly happy all year long? This chili came from my mandatory weeks of softer foods diet. I mean don’t get me wrong, eating ice cream without feeling guilty was fun for a day. But I started wanting something tasty and filling and maybe even a little healthier. Bonus is this is a one pot dish. Less to clean up.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (Yes, you read that correctly)
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Roasted Chickpeas

Susan from “A rented Kitchen ” made this healthy snack. I am sure my daughter will love them. One day I will give them a try.

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For those of you who get some of those late night munchies and find yourself going after an entire bag of potato chips, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! This recipe will be your new best friend. These crunchy and salty roasted chickpeas packed with flavor will have you singing a new tune. Like potato chips, these chickpeas are addicting, but unlike potato chips, this is one addiction that has lots of health benefits! For example, chickpeas are an excellent source of protein. So munch on!  Shake things up a bit.

Ingredients

  • 1 can chick peas (aka garbanzo beans)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Dash of cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Using a spatula, gently mix the chickpeas in…

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Chocolate chip sour cream coffee muffins

I invite you all to indulge in these sinfully delicious chocolate chip coffee muffins alongside a cup of tea or coffee. You won’t regret it. 🙂

For the muffins:

  • 1/4 cup of grape seeds oil (the recipe was calling for 1/2 cup of unsalted butter)
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 lemon ( juice )

For the filling and topping

  • 1 cups semisweet dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of granulated  sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grounded cocoa beans (optional)
  • 1/2  teaspoon instant coffee

 

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I hope you enjoy them 😉

Sweet and Savory Bread Puddings

I don’t know what you do when you have too much bread or  stale bread in your kitchen but I would always come with a bread pudding version: sweet or savory depending on what else is there in the fridge or cupboards.

Bread pudding is a bread-based dessert popular in many countries’ cuisines . As you might know the main ingredients are stale bread and milk or cream, eggs and some  form of fat: butter or suet. If you choose a sweet bread pudding version you also need sugar, dried fruits, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, bourbon or rum extract.  If you choose a savory variation you can also add cheese, mushroom, spinach, olives depending on your inspiration.

I  think no matter what kind you choose they both are a great choice for brunch.

Savory puddings can also be used as meal.

Sweet bread pudding:

dried prunes, cinnamon and dried prunes bread pudding 

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apples and cinnamon bread pudding 

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Savory bread puddings:

cheddar, feta and green olives bread pudding 

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Spinach and cheese bread pudding: 

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Spinach and goat cheese whole wheat bread pudding

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I hope that whatever your choice will be you enjoy  the bread pudding 🙂

Chocolate cake with cheese balls

I made this cake last year for Victoria Day. I decided not to post it as I wasn’t completely happy with the pictures I took. However, this recipe is too delicious not to share!

One day I will be making it again and hopefully we can see a section as well 😉

Ingredients for the almond cheese balls 

  • 250 g ricotta cheese
  • 50 g almond ground
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 5 eggs
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 50 g semisweet dark chocolate
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond ground
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract

Ingredients for the chocolate glaze:

  • 100 gr semisweet dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 100 ml milk
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar

Decoration: 

  • 100 gr almond slices

 

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Melt the dark chocolate using bain marie technique. Set aside and let it cool.

Using an electric mixer, mix together the  ingredients for the cheese balls. Form the cheese balls, about a  chestnut size. Place them in a prepared cake form lined with baking paper.

Mix together the eggs and sugar until creamy and double in volume.  Add the chocolate, almond extract, flour,baking powder and almond ground . Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated. Do not over mix.

 

Pour the cake mixture over the cheese balls. Bake for about 30 minutes.

In a non stick skillet brown a little bit the almond slices.

In a pan add the milk, butter and sugar. Brake the chocolate into pieces and add it to the pan. Mix well until smooth. Pour over the cake and decorate with almonds slices.

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Enjoy 🙂

 

 

Semi-sweet dark chocolate chip scones

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Recently, my hubby became a huge fan of scones. He started buying some scones from a bakery store and while they were not bad at all (obviously), I decided I could do better AND healthier. 😉 Now, I have never made scones before but as you might have guessed from reading my other posts, I am never one to shy away from a challenge. For a first attempt, they came out quite delicious if I do say so myself.

Ingredients:

  •  1 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour 
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • ½ cup sour cream 
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp raw honey 
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Salt    

 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • In a large bowl combine, all dry ingredients.Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Add the oil and sour cream, eggs and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  • Using your hand, shape about 2 tablespoons of dough into a round kind of shape.
  • Place on cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until outer edges are golden.
  • Let them cool 
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • Makes about 10 yummy scones

 

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Enjoy 🙂