Moroccan Tagine

This meal is a great way to add some sunshine to a dreary winter day. The combination of spices and veggies make it a vibrant dish that is sure to please anybody... plus you can keep it a plant based dish or add some meat for the omnivores out there - it is delicious either way. This meal takes as long to prepare as it takes you to chop your veggies; it's a one pot dish that is really easy to make AND you don't need a tagine to make it (although it does look pretty served in one!) The carrots and sweet potato make the dish rich in beta-carotene and vitamin-C, the chickpeas add fiber, iron and magnesium and the tomatoes add lycopene. Talk about nutrient powerhouse! This meal is exactly what you need to keep the colds at bay.

Bon appétit!

Ingredients:

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1  medium onion, chopped
2 sweet potatoes, cubed
3 carrots, sliced
1.5 cups chickpeas
500g of stewing beef or lamb (optional)
750ml water or beef stock
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp hot, smoked paprika
2 tbsp olive oil
1-3 cloves of garlic (depends how potent it is)
1/4 raisins
1/4 cup dried apricots chopped
1 tbsp honey
1 (798mL) canned, diced tomatoes (OR 4-5 large tomatoes, chopped)

Garnishes and sides:
2 cups couscous or quinoa (prepared)
yogurt (optional)
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted (optional)
1/4 cup chopped of mint leaves (optional)

 

Instructions:

1. If you are making the recipe with beef or lamb, brown the meat. This is an optional step, it tastes good either way!
2. Preheat oven to 325°C
3. Chop all the veggies, mix all ingredients together. Put into dutch oven or tagine. 
4. Cook for 2-4 hours (the longer the better)
5. Serve over couscous or quinoa, top with yogurt, toasted almonds and chopped mint.                 6. Enjoy!

5 Valentine’s Day Truffle Recipes

Whether you are making treats for yourself or someone else this Valentine’s Day, these truffles are sure to satisfy your chocolate needs! These little nuggets of deliciousness are high in protein, have VERY little added sugar and are the perfect treat when you need a chocolate fix. I have developed 5 recipes, but seriously the only limit is your imagination. Also, please remember recipes are an amazing tool and resource, but they are more like guidelines anyways (to quote Pirates of the Caribbean), so feel free to adapt, change and modify as your heart desires. Just a couple of notes, I used cashew butter in these because it has a very mild flavor which makes it great for the more subtle truffles like matcha or turmeric chai. You can sub in any nut butter you want, you may just need to adjust the spices depending on the flavor you make.

RECIPE (makes about 25 truffles)

For the filling

½ cup cashew butter

½ cup chickpeas

1 tbsp maple syrup

Flavoring – see below

1.        Blend together until smooth.

Putting it all together:

1.        Choose your recipe

2.       Make the filling and roll it into 25 small balls

3.       Freeze for 5 min to firm up

4.      Using 2 spoons or a truffle dipper, dip in chocolate until coated

5.       Put onto parchment paper

6.       (optional) put in freezer for 5-7 minutes to speed up hardening process

7.       EAT and ENJOY!

For the chocolate shell

2 cups chocolate (white, milk or dark)

1 tbsp warm coconut oil

1.        Put the chocolate into a bowl and add the coconut oil

2.       Pour boiling water into a bigger bowl. Carefully place the bowl with chocolate into the bigger bowl so that the boiling water surrounds it but does not spill into the chocolate

3.       Mix until melted and smooth

*Note: you might be tempted to microwave the chocolate, which can have varying degrees of success. If you have done it before, go for it. If not, just stick to this method, trust me.

Cocoa nib Truffles

1 tbsp cocoa

1 tbsp cocoa nibs (optional)

1.        Mix cocoa and cocoa nibs into filling

2.       Roll in dark chocolate

3.       Put a cocoa nib on top (or sprinkle with cocoa)

Peanut Truffles

Sub in peanut butter instead of cashew butter

1tbsp crushed peanuts

1.        Mix peanuts into filling

2.       Roll in dark chocolate

3.       Sprinkle peanuts on top

Matcha Green Tea Truffles

1.        Add 1 tbsp Matcha to the filling recipe, blend.

2.       Roll in white chocolate

3.       Sprinkle matcha on top

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Lemon Coconut Truffles

1 tsp lemon zest

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp oat flour (sub with any flour you want)

1 tbsp shredded coconut

1.        Mix lemon zest and coconut into filling recipe

2.       Roll in white chocolate

3.       Sprinkle lemon zest or coconut on top

Turmeric Chai Truffles

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ginger

½ tsp nutmeg

1 tsp oat flour (sub with any flour you want)

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