Molten Chocolate BombeServes 8

Time: 1 hour (15 minutes prep, 30 minutes bake, 10 minutes to cool)

Calories: 356

Mamma’s gonna knock you out…. If you like flourless chocolate cake this takes it to a whole new level. A friend described it as a liquid mounds bar. By using coconut instead of butter, you get more flavor and less sugar.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (12 oz) semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a double boiler, turn the water on medium and melt the chocolate
  3. Add the coconut oil to the chocolate, stirring until smooth
  4. Move the mixture to a 10 inch round glass bowl or casserole dish. The deeper bowl, the gooier the cake.
  5. Wisk in the sugar, then the eggs.
  6. Add a pinch of salt.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. Ensure the top is hard. The middle will remain molten chocolate due to the depth of the bowl. Cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Serve the cake in this dish with a large spoon into mugs. Optional: add coconut ice cream.

Adapted from Epicurious Flourless Chocolate Cake 

Mussles in Tomato Coconut Sauce

Serves: 6 appetizers (~12 mussels per person)

Time: 15-20 minutes

Calories: 215

Mussels have quickly become one of my favorite easy winter meals. They seem fancy but are very easy to make and quite filling. The coconut milk makes this dish rich. To lighten it up, cut the quantity of coconut milk in half.

Nutritionally, mussels are good for those who avoid meat because they are high in B-vitamins (B12, Folate) and Iron which are hard to get without meat. They are also a good source of selenium for hypothyroid sufferers and Omega 3s, which reduce inflammation. For more nutrition info click here.

 

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs of fresh mussels, cleaned and de-bearded
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 TBS minced garlic
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
  • 1 large can (28 oz) peeled, crushed tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Small bunch of Fresh oregano and basil
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Salt

Directions

  1. In a deep saucepan add a swirl of olive oil and the garlic, then heat to medium.
  2. Chop the onions and add to the pan, sautéing until they are clear.
  3. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and then add the coconut milk and herbs. Add about 5 grinds of black pepper and a 3 shakes of salt. Turn down to medium low (2 or 3 on the burner) and simmer for a few moments
  4. Rinse and check the mussels. Discard any cracked mussels. If any are open, tap them against the counter. If the shell does not close, throw it out.
  5. Taste the broth and add more pepper if you want more of a kick, or salt to bring out the flavor more.
  6. Add the mussels to the broth and cover, cooking for 5 to 10 minutes, until all the mussels are open.
  7. Serve in bowls with a dump pot for the shells.