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Thursday, February 11

I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Billie Holiday)

Spring is coming.  Soon.  But until then, we still need to keep warm.  We like to warm up from the inside out...and these are some of our favorite winter recipes!  Today's menu includes a drink, main meal, and dessert.  Bon Appetit!
Ginger Switchel  (an old-fashioned energy drink that boosts electrolytes)

Ingredients :
  • 4 c water
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/4 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp ginger juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
Directions:
Whisk honey and water until blended.
Mix in vinegar, lemon, ginger, and salt.  
Serve at preferred temperature.


Lentil Soup


Ingredients (serves 4-6):
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 clove minced garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped celery stalk
  • 1 sliced carrot
  • 1 lb ham, diced
  • 1 lb lentils
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 8 c water
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp rosemary
Directions:
Saute garlic, onion, celery and carrot in butter.
Add the ham, and cook until heated through.
Add washed lentils to the pot.  Add diced tomatoes and water (keep one cup out for seasoning).
Mix seasonings thoroughly with the one cup of water, and then add to pot.
Cook one hour.  Serve hot.

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients (serves 1-2):
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup raw cocoa or carob powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk or almond milk
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • Optional extras: toasted sliced almonds, chia seeds, cocoa nibs, unsweetened shredded coconut, coconut oil
Directions:
Purée the avocado until smooth.
Mix together the cocoa powder and milk until combined and add to the avocado.
Stir in the stevia, vanilla extract, and any extra ingredients (toasted almonds add a lovely crunch) and mix well.
Transfer the mousse to individual bowls and store in the fridge until ready to eat.

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