coconut oil

Coconut Curry Kale

I saw this recipe and had to make it because it contains 3 of my favorite things coconut, curry, and kale! What I like about this recipe, besides being simple and quick to prepare, is that you can use a variety of leafy vegetables to make it. This is a tasty side dish paired with salmon, chicken, tofu, or tempeh. It also goes well in a macro or Buddha bowl. What follows is a slightly modified version of the original recipe.

Ingredients

2 tbs coconut oil

2 shallots, sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp ginger, minced

6 cups kale, chopped

2 tsp curry powder

1/2 cup coconut milk

salt to taste

Method

1. Heat pan over medium heat and add coconut oil, shallot, garlic, and ginger.  Cook for 2-4 minutes.

2. Reduce heat to medium-low and add kale, curry powder, coconut milk, and salt. Cook until kale is tender.

3. Serve immediately.

 

Preservative Free Peanut Butter Cups

Today convenience foods reign supreme, but what many people do not realize is that consuming too many preservatives can have a negative effect on health. Packaged processed foods don’t only have more fat, sugar, and salt they also contain ingredients that prevent them from spoiling, give them a certain appearance, color or texture, and flavor. As great as it is that a food item will stay good for 6 months sitting on the shelf, it’s important to remember why we need something to last that long. In emergency situations or when you are unable to prepare fresh foods. Though convenience foods are inexpensive, most do not provide adequate nutrition. Consuming too much processed packaged convenience foods can lead to weight gain, obesity, high blood pressure, allergies, difficulty breathing, nausea, headaches, and cancer. Below is a recipe for organic peanut butter cups. You can satisfy your sweet tooth without the preservatives, extra fat, and sugar. They only have 4 ingredients and are quick and easy to make. Talk about convenience!

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Ingredients

Makes 6 big peanut butter cups or 12 mini peanut butter cups

Peanut Butter Bottom

3/4 cup Organic Peanut Butter

1 Tbs Organic Maple Syrup

2 Tbs Organic Coconut Oil, melted

Chocolate Topping

1/4 cup Organic Cacao Powder

1 Tbs Organic Maple Syrup

1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil, melted

Method

1. Mix peanut butter, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil in a medium bowl until well combined.

2. Fill silicone muffin cups 1/2 way full with peanut butter mixture. Place cups in freezer for about 15 minutes or until hardened.

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3. Mix cacao, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil in a medium bowl until well combined.

4. Top the hardened peanut butter cups with chocolate mixture. Place back in the freezer for another 15 minutes or until hardened.

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5. Store peanut butter cups in freezer until you are ready to eat them. If left out the coconut oil may begin to melt and peanut butter cups can lose their shape.

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Other considerations

– For a sweet, salty, and savory flavor combination sprinkle a little salt on top

– For a crunchy texture add chopped nuts to the peanut butter mixture or sprinkle on top.

– For extra coconut flavor add shredded coconut to the peanut butter mixture or sprinkle on top.