2 ounces good-quality dark or bittersweet (60 to 70 percent cocoa) chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/3 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 2-inch piece orange rind strip
1/4 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
Cocoa powder (optional)
Combine 2/3 cup boiling water and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan, stirring until chocolate melts. Add milk and next 4 ingredients (through rind); cook over medium-low heat, stirring with a whisk. Heat 5 minutes or until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan, stirring frequently (do not boil). Discard rind.
Pour 1 cup mixture into each of 4 mugs. Spoon 1 tablespoon whipped topping over each serving. Dust with cocoa powder, if desired.
Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan; cook over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves and is golden (about 5 minutes), stirring frequently. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
Stir in milk and syrup; cook over medium-low heat, stirring with a whisk. Heat to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan, stirring frequently (do not boil). Strain mixture through a sieve; discard solids.
Servings: 12 (serving size: 3/4 cup hot chocolate, 1 candy cane, 1 tablespoon marshmallows)
8 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
12 candy canes
3/4 cup miniature marshmallows
Whole grated nutmeg (optional)
Combine milk, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, nutmeg, and semisweet chocolate in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook 25 minutes or until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth, stirring occasionally.
Serve with candy canes and marshmallows. Garnish with whole grated nutmeg, if desired.
Bring cream, milk, sugar, and vanilla bean to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Remove from heat; add mint sprigs. Cover and let stand 8 minutes. Discard mint and vanilla bean.
Add chopped chocolate, and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until chocolate is melted. If desired, stir in 2 Tbsp. vodka per 1 cup punch just before serving.
In a blender, whirl the mango; 3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt; 2 tablespoons honey; the fresh lime juice; 2 ice cubes; and the freshly grated lime zest until smooth. Divide mango-lime smoothie between 2 straight-sided glasses and set aside.
Rinse blender, then whirl the banana; the strawberries; 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt; 2 tablespoons honey; the fresh lemon juice; 2 ice cubes; and the freshly grated lemon zest until smooth.
Layer banana-strawberry smoothie onto mango smoothie, gently spooning mixture around inside edge of each glass to create a clean horizontal line.
Arrange the mango cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet; freeze until firm (about 1 hour).
Place frozen mango and the remaining ingredients in a blender.
Process until smooth.
Note: Freeze the cubed mango overnight in an airtight container to make this smoothie a snap to throw together (for variety, try substituting frozen berries for the mango). Remember to let frozen mango thaw for 15 minutes to soften slightly. The dry milk is optional, but one tablespoon provides about 100 milligrams of calcium.
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/4-inch strips
3/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon grated lime rind
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
1/4 cup light sour cream
2 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk
1/2 ripe peeled avocado, diced
2 cups packaged angel hair slaw
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
Heat a large skillet over high heat. Sprinkle chicken evenly with chile powder, garlic salt, and cumin. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove chicken from pan.
Combine rind, 1 tablespoon juice, and next 3 ingredients (through avocado) in a blender or food processor; process until smooth.
Combine remaining 1 tablespoon juice, slaw, onions, cilantro, oil, and salt, tossing to coat.
Heat tortillas according to directions. Divide chicken mixture evenly among tortillas. Top each tortilla with about 1 tablespoon avocado mixture and 1/4 cup slaw mixture.
New England clam chowder is a milk – or cream-based chowder, and is traditionally of a thicker consistency than other regional styles, commonly made with potatoes, onion, and clams. Including tomatoes is shunned; a 1939 bill making tomatoes in clam chowder illegal was introduced in the Maine legislature is usually accompanied with oyster crackers (similar to hardtack). Crackers may be crushed and mixed into the soup for thickener, or used as a garnish.
Drain clams through a colander into a bowl, reserving liquid and clams. Combine clam liquid and clam juice.
Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in pan. Crumble bacon; set aside. Add onion, celery, and garlic to pan; sauté 8 minutes or until tender. Add clam juice mixture, potato, and next 4 ingredients (through bay leaf); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until potato is tender.
Combine milk and flour, stirring with a whisk until smooth; add to pan. Stir in clams and half-and-half. Cook 5 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Serve with bacon. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.
It is claimed as a national dish by both Wales and Ireland and is recommended for consumption on their respective Saints’ days. This Potato Soup Whether as a velvety puree of potato, leek, onion and cream or as a broth with a medley of component veggies in it is firm favourite.
Loaded Potato Soup
Servings: 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups) Total Time: 20 Minutes
Pierce potatoes with a fork. Microwave on HIGH 13 minutes or until tender. Cut in half; cool slightly.
While potatoes cook, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add broth. Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk; add to pan with 1 1/2 cups milk. Bring to a boil; stir often. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream, salt, and pepper.
Arrange bacon on a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with a paper towel; microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. Crumble bacon.
Discard potato skins. Coarsely mash potatoes into soup. Top with cheese, green onions, and bacon.
Pour 3 cups of water in a casserole and bring it to a boil.
When water is ready, add the malagkit and re-boil in medium fire.
After 10-12 minutes or when the glutinous rice starts to get soft and sticky, frequently stir, the purpose is to avoid the cooked rice from sticking in to the casserole.
Dilute the cocoa powder in a cup of hot water, then pour in the pot. Mix consistently. Add sugar and stir.
Serve hot in bowls, topped the porridge with swirls of milk.
Tips: You may use the ingredients that are already available in your homes. If you don’t have glutinous rice, you may use plain white rice or brown rice. Leftover rice can also be used in this recipe. For healthier version, use oatmeal. Sweetened’ cocoa powder is also a great substitute for the ‘unsweetened’. If you choose to use this, do not pour too much sugar. Traditionally, this sweetened rice porridge is cooked using tablea (cocoa chocolate). When picking this ingredient, grate the tablea then dissolve in hot water. You may increase or reduce the water according to your preferred porridge consistency. If you want your champorado to be a little sticky, then decrease water measurement. Add more water, if you want it otherwise.Evaporated or powdered milk can be use in replaced of condensed milk.
Blend half of strawberries, 1/4 tsp. vanilla, 1 cup ice cream and 2 Tbsp. milk in blender until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses. Repeat with remaining strawberries, vanilla, ice cream and milk. Serve immediately.