I had a fateful moment when checking out of Target the other day. Someone had left behind the movie Elf on the checkout belt. It was surely a Christmas miracle. So I popped that bad boy right in my pile and skipped out like a school girl. I love the Christmas movie tradition, snugged up on the couch with some goodies. It’s fantastic isn’t it? For our Christmas movie night I planned to make some American chop suey and brownies. Holy Sunday comfort food! It’s was definitely a good day for it, rainy/snowy couch and sweatpants kind of day. Plus I have been really craving some chocolate goodness in my life lately. So I searched the world-wide web for a quasi-guiltless brownie. Keep in mind even healthified snacks need to be eaten in moderation. They still are high in sugar, even if it’s not the “bad” kind of sugar. Which is why I am grateful to have Mat who will eat 3 quarters of the pan. At least its going to his hips and not mine..sucker. But, before we talk about recipes I wanted to touch base on the winter illnesses that are wiping everyone out. Now the only good thing about a winter sickness is it may be good for a quick weight loss. Sweet! But, we know it’s not worth it. I’m happy to say I usually fight off a serious knock down. Maybe a sniffle here or there but I normally don’t get laid out for days or weeks. I really attribute this to my diet. One that is packed with lean proteins, healthy fats, crabs and noninflammatory foods (with the exception of crab rangoon this weekend). I try to eat all the good anti-oxidant rich foods Dr. Oz tells me too, and it seems to pay off. Getting sick isn’t just about being exposed to germs as stated in these helpful articles. It has more to do with the fact that our immune system is compromised for some reason, often diet. Now typically children and the elderly are susceptible to illness. If you are not either, you may want to look into why you can’t seem to kick it. Here are some helpful articles on how to keep your immune system beefed up throughout winter.
- whole grain elbow macaroni
- 1lb ground turkey (I used Italian seasoned)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 tsp Italian seasonings (or more)
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp red pepper *optional
- 1 can diced tomatoes(drained)
- 1 can baked beans (drained)
- 1 jar pasta sauce
- grated pecorino romano cheese
Boil water and toss in macaroni. Coat pan w/ olive oil, saute onions, garlic and seasonings until brown, add ground turkey and can of diced tomatoes , cook through.
Drain pasta. Add meat, can of beans and jar of sauce. Let heat through on low heat. Serve topped w/ fresh grated cheese.
My mom always used baked beans in her Chop Suey. Sounds odd but it really is delish! I also opted for fresh Italian seasonings which to me makes such a difference. This makes a HUGE pot, next time I will 1/2 it.
- 15 dried medjool dates, pitted
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 3 eggs, whisked
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Cream Concentrate
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 2 egg whites, whisked until foamy
- pinch of salt
What to do:
Preheat oven to 365 degrees. Add dates to the food processor and begin to pulse until you get a clumpy paste. Then add your coconut oil and cocoa powder to the food processor and puree until well mixed. Then add your eggs, coconut flour, honey, vanilla, baking soda and powder, and salt and puree until smooth.
Grease an 8×8 baking dish, pour in your brownie mix and smooth out throughout the dish.
For top layer, add your shredded coconut, coconut oil, coconut butter, and honey to a bowl and heat in the microwave.
Mix ingredients together ingredients until smooth then add your whisked egg whites and mix well.
Pour topping over your brownie batter and smooth out until covering the entire surface of the brownie.
Add dish to oven and baking for 20-25 minutes.
What’s your favorite Christmas movie?