Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Party in Your PJs! #230: CHOCOLATE!

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Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on two different blogs each week.

This week is #Choctoberfest so I am featuring chocolate recipes!  While you're here check out what this is all about an enter to win a great giveaway!

I have already shared a couple recipes and have a few more planned over the rest of the week:

Keto Bulletproof Mocha

Orange Jazz Butternut Pork Mole

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Butternut Pork Mole Soup with Forte Chocolate #Choctoberfest

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I was provided with Forte Chocolate for this sponsored post as a part of #Choctoberfest.  
All opinions, photos and recipe are unsolicited and are my own.

I have mentioned before how much I love mole - the savory chocolate sauce from Latin and Central America that I can never pass up when it's on the menu.  So, I knew, when I was accepted to receive some of Forte's Chocolate bars, that at least one dish I'd try was some sort of mole.

Forte chocolate's motto is "Celebrate Life Through Chocolate" and part of the way they do that is to showcase the many ways chocolate is perfect in savory dishes as well as desserts.  They make it easy to discover the goodness that chocolate brings to meals of all sorts by developing a line of chocolates called "Gusto" that specifically are meant for savory dishes. (They also are high quality chocolates that are delightful to eat on their own!)

These are just a few of the unique and delicous chocolate bar blends that Forte has created!

My daughter and her family are staying with us this month while they get settled in the area after several years overseas, so I've been having a lot of fun discovering new dishes to share with them.  It turns out that mole is something they've never tried!

My initial idea was to use the Aztec Soul bar to make this mole soup, but I was afraid it's flavor notes might get buried in the other spices, so I went for the Orange Jazz instead.  The result was amazing - the citrus notes added an extra depth to the earthy flavors of the mole.  We all agreed that this was a soup we'd make again - and soon.

Mole is not usually a soup, but a sauce used on pork or chicken, over rice or in a tortilla or stuffed in a poblano.  Adding the butternut squash and the Orange Jazz chocolate made this a really wonderful Autumn meal.

We used leftover shredded pulled pork - if you do not already have some cooked pork at ready, a couple pork loin chops, cooked and diced into cubes will work well.  

Orange Jazz Butternut Mole Soup
Serves 4-6

1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2" cubes
Cooked shredded or cubed pork
4 Roma tomatoes
1 onion
5 garlic cloves
1/2 can chipotle chiles with adobo sauce
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. fennel seed
2 Tblsp. cacao nibs
2 Tblsp. olive oil
1 Tblsp. brown or raw sugar
8 cups chicken or pork stock
1-2 bars Forte Orange Jazz Chocolate (or 1 bar Orange Jazz and 1 bar Aztec Soul)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional Garnish:
Mexican Crema or Creme Fraiche
Crumbled Manchego cheese
Fresh cilantro

1. Prepare butternut squash and set aside.

2. Cut tomatoes and peeled onions in half and lay on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with peeled garlic cloves.  Drizzle with olive oil and roast 10-15 minutes until soft and slightly charred.

3. Combine roasted vegetables, chipotles with sauce, spices and cacao nibs in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

4. Heat additional olive oil in a soup pot, and carefully add puree and sugar to the pot, stirring and cooking for about 5 minutes until fragrant.

5. Add butternut squash, pork and stock, and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat, cover and simmer at least 20 minutes until the squash is tender. (We simmered ours for nearly an hour without any harm - I like the longer time to meld the flavors well.)

6. A few minutes before serving, melt the Forte chocolate into the soup, stirring. It will thicken slightly with the addition of the chocolate.

7. To serve, ladle into bowls, and drizzle with the crema, sprinkling cheese and fresh cilantro on top if desired.

Forte has a Buy 3, Get 1 Free offer on their website - just use the code CHOCTOBERFEST2018 when you check out!

Follow Forte Chocolates on social media for more promotions and great ideas for enjoying unique and delicious chocolates: 

Also, don't forget to enter the Choctoberfest Giveaway this week to win a huge prize that includes an Instant Pot, cake decorating equipment and goodies from Forte as well as the rest of our sponsors!

Check out what other bloggers are sharing today for Choctoberfest:

Monday, October 15, 2018

#ChoctoberFest: Keto Bulletproof Mocha

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We're kicking off a week of #Choctoberfest with a little something healthy!

My wife and I started eating according to the ketogenic diet at the start of September. The keto diet, as it is usually called, is a variation on the high protein, high fat low carbohydrate diet that first become popular through the work of Dr. Robert Atkins in the 1970s (although there are differences between the two, both in purpose and process).

Keto, put simply, suggests eating mostly fat, with a moderate intake of protein and lower proportion of carbohydrates. While many people still believe the old dietary guidance that demonizes fat—and saturated fat in particular—there is a great deal of research calling that association into serious question. (For a good summary of the science, try this New York  Times article.  For a much more thorough and detailed analysis, Nina Teicholz’s book Big Fat Surprise is a good choice.)

Keto depends on eating a significant amount of fat, which calls for a significant shift in the way most of us think about food. Meanwhile, you also need to reduce carbohydrates. Most sources recommend a maximum of 20 grams a day when getting started, then up to maybe 40 or 50 grams once you’ve entered ketosis.

To help get started with the day, many ketogenic diet books and online resources offer some variation on “rocket-fuel coffee,” coffee with rich quantities of butter, heavy cream and sometimes other fats such as coconut oil added.

The problem I had with these recipes is that the fat additions feel gratuitous. To my taste they contribute nothing to flavor or palatability—it’s just a mechanism to consume the fat. Something more was needed to turn the fat into a needed component of the recipe, so I set out to experiment.

After a few trial runs, I developed this recipe for keto-friendly mocha

You can make this with either heavy cream or full-fat coconut milk. The coconut milk lowers both fat and carbohydrate levels—it lowers carbs by slightly more, but that’s essentially a wash—but it also adds another flavor note that I like. Try it both ways and see which you prefer.

Keto Bulletproof Mocha
Makes 2 servings.

Make with hot coffee to ensure good butter melt and mixing.

2 cups hot coffee
4 tablespoons butter
½ cup unsweetened nut milk (plain or vanilla flavored)
1/4 cup heavy cream OR 2/3 cup full fat canned coconut milk
2 tablespoons cocoa
(optional) 2 scoops collagen supplement
2 teaspoons monkfruit sweetener

Place butter into blender. Softening or slicing it beforehand won’t hurt but isn’t necessary.

Pour coffee on top of butter to begin melting process.

Add dry ingredients, then add remaining liquids.

Blend until butter is melted and ingredients are well mixed, 20-30 seconds.

Macro-nutrient Information:
With heavy cream: Per serving: 42g fat; 5.5g carbohydrate; 11g protein
With coconut milk: 41 g fat; 3.5g carbohydrate; 11 g protein

You’ll find this recipe is amenable to a lot of variation.  You could try adding other spices such as cinnamon; topping with whipped cream; adding a splash of bourbon or rum for an evening cocktail if you're drinking alcohol; or serving with keto-friendly cookies.

Feel free to experiment, observing your own chosen keto limits.

Bonus: It’s a delicious mocha even for people not doing keto. Nothing about it tastes fake or unnecessary. It only takes a few minutes to put together and none of the ingredients are likely to be hard to find except possibly the monkfruit sugar, which can be ordered online if necessary, or replaced with sugar if you're not avoiding it.

Give it a try and let us know what you think!  Don't forget to check out these other wonderful Choctoberfest posts bloggers are sharing today, and enter the Giveaway for a huge collection of chocolate goodies!