Rich and creamy, this hot chocolate is a mini meal.
1 cup (250 mL) milk
2 oz (50 g) of a 70% cocoa chocolate bar, broken into pieces
Pour milk into small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until milk is steamy. Reduce heat to low. Add broken pieces of chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Pour into a mug and serve.
Each serving made with skim milk contains: 416 calories; 13 g protein; 24 g total fat (14 g sat fat, 0 g trans fat); 38 g carbohydrates; 6 g fibre; 127 mg sodium
This is an adult version that’s not too sweet. Buy a mini whisk, sometimes called a cocoa whisk, to make sure your cocoa is lump free.
1 cup (250 mL) milk
2 Tbsp (30 mL) natural cocoa powder
1 Tbsp (15 mL) cane sugar or sweetener of choice to taste
Pour 3/4 cup (180 mL) milk into small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until steamy.
Add cocoa powder and sugar to the remaining 1/4 cup (60 mL) of milk and whisk until blended. Whisk cocoa paste into steamy milk. Stir until frothy. Pour into a mug and serve.
Each serving made with skim milk contains: 180 calories; 11 g protein; 2 g total fat (0 g sat fat, 0 g trans fat); 31 g carbohydrates; 2 g fibre; 120 mg sodium
Adapted from Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health: And don’t forget the chocolate! by Mairlyn Smith and Liz Pearson (Whitecap Books, 2007).
Tip: Not sweet enough? Add extra cane sugar or your favourite natural sweetener such as honey.
This chai-inspired hot cocoa has the antioxidant powers of cocoa, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and cardamom to help ward off a cold and warm your soul.
2 cups (500 mL) milk
6 whole green cardamom seeds
4 whole black cardamom seeds
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each of whole black pepper corns, whole allspice, and whole cloves
1/4 cup (60 mL) natural cocoa powder
2 Tbsp (30 mL) cane sugar or sweetener of choice to taste
1 tsp (5 ml) ground cinnamon
Pour 1 2/3 cup (400 mL) of milk into small saucepan. Add green and black cardamom seeds, black peppercorns, allspice, and cloves to pot. Heat over medium heat until milk starts to steam. Cover, reduce heat to low, and steep spices and milk together for 10 minutes.
Make a paste with the cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, and remaining 1/3 cup (80 mL) of milk. Whisk into steamy milk. Stir until frothy. Strain into two mugs. Serves 2.
Each serving made with skim milk contains: 180 calories; 11 g protein; 1 g total fat (0.6 g sat fat, 0 trans fat); 31 g carbohydrates; 2.6 g fibre; 121 mg sodium
source: "Hot Chocolate & Cocoa", from alive #326, December 2009
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.
“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.
This dark beer-marinated chicken uses the convection setting on your oven to create a crispy skinned bird. Convection cooking circulates air around the meat, crisping it like rotisserie without needing a spit or a lot of oil, similar to an air fryer (which you can also use!). If you don’t have a convection setting on your oven, you can simply bake the chicken for longer at the same temperatures as below, until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 F (74 C). You can use any dark beer, but our pick is, obviously, something German. Oktoberfest barbecue You can also grill the whole chicken on a barbecue—which makes for an impressive presentation and a gorgeously crispy bird—but it’s best to spatchcock it first (take out the backbone) so it cooks more evenly and quickly. Make it fast! If you don’t want to make an entire chicken—or if you want your dinner to cook faster—use this marinade (without stuffing the chicken cavity) on chicken breasts, thighs, or iron-rich chicken livers instead.