Real Food Salted Caramel Mocha

Real Food Salted Caramel Mocha- www.NourishingSimplicity.org

Remember that decadent chocolate whipped cream I shared with you last week? I found another amazing way to use the delightful treat a real food salted caramel mocha. It’s no secret that I have a weakness for all things dark chocolate and coffee. The numerous versions of hot cocoa, mochas and faxuccinos can attest to that. Tempting you a bit? They’re all on my recipe page. :)

Last year I shared my salted caramel fauxccino at The Nourishing Gourmet so it was only fitting that I also share the cool weather version that I have been enjoying for over a year with you as well. Most things I share here are quite nourishing. This delightful coffee is not one of them. It’s made with real food ingredients but it’s definitely a dessert saved for a special treat.

Everyone one needs a special treat now and then right? Of course! This rich mocha top with chocolate whipped cream, dark caramel sauce and a sprinkle of coarse real salt is divine! The salt slowly melts into the caramel and whipped cream, infusing the drink, balancing with sweet with just a touch of salt.

Real Food Salted Caramel Mocha
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw milk
  • ¼ cup strong coffee (or two shots of espresso)
  • 1 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1-2 TBS maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS caramel sauce, warm
  • chocolate Whipped Cream
  • Pinch of corse real salt
Instructions
  1. Heat the raw milk over low heat. Don't allow the temperature to rise above 110 degrees F or you will kill all the good things in the milk.
  2. In a mug or small dish mix the cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract and sea salt until you make a thick paste.
  3. Add the cocoa paste, 1 TBS caramel and coffee/espresso to the milk. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Top with chocolate whipping cream, the remaining caramel sauce and a pinch of salt.

 What is your favourite mocha? Do you make it at home? If you do please share it with us in the comments!

30+ Recipes for Celebrating a Nourishing Real Food Thanksgiving

30+ Recipes for Celebrating a Nourishing Real Food Thanksgiving- www.modernalternativemama.com

Thanksgiving is all about traditions. There’s the turkey, rolls, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie; I could go but you get the picture. Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, thankfulness and food. Loved ones gathering around the table to enjoy one another’s company is near to my heart.

It is a hard time to be a real foodie. It’s easy to want to just go for it and dig in since it’s one time a year. At the same time there is something that screams in my body,  “This is NOT what food is supposed to be like!”

Have you been there? Rest assured that many of us have. Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with learning how to recreate your family’s tried and true favourites to be real food that nourishes the body? There are so many real foodies out there that have paved the way for you! Find links to all the recipes at Modern Alternative Mama!

Simple Apple Cider Syrup

Apple Cider Syrup aka Apple Cider Concentrate

Looking for a fun way to give your pancakes or coffee a fall twist? Then apple cider syrup is your answer. It is one of the easiest things I have ever made. It has 1 ingredient, apple cider. It can’t get easier than that right?

I wish I could take credit for this awesome syrup but really it was inspired by a dear friend of mine when we were living in Mexico. She made pumpkin pancakes drizzled with apple cider syrup for the kids one year. They were so amazing that I still remember how they tasted almost 10 years later!

This simple apple cider syrup is straight apple cider simmered for about two hours until it has reduced in size forming a concentrate. It is wonderful syrup but it is also a handy way to keep apple cider in the fridge when you don’t have a lot of shelf space. When you want a cup of cider you simply add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the syrup to a glass of water and there you go, apple cider! You can always add a dash of cinnamon for an extra special fall treat.

Apple Cider Syrup- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Simple Apple Cider Syrup
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Ingredients
  • 2 quarts apple cider
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized pot simmer the apple cider until it has reduced in size to 1½- 2 cups. Stir occasionally.
  2. Strain and save in a glass jar.
  3. It will stay fresh in the fridge for at least 1 month.
  4. Use on top of pumpkin pancakes, in coffee or to make apple cider/juice.
  5. To make apple cider stir 1-3 tablespoons of the syrup into 1 8oz glass of water.

 

Real Food Chocoalte Whipped Cream

Real Food Chocolate Whipped Cream- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Light, chocolate goodness. A bit of heaven in a bowl. It is amazing on its own, delicious on cup cakes and let just say it’s taken my coffee to a whole new level. I can also see myself dipping strawberries in this cream in the spring.

It is simple to prepare and full of wholesome ingredients that there is little guilt in indulging in this mildly sweet treat. Raw cream is always best but it’s not possible then a second best is low-pasturized cream. This real food chocolate whipped cream is so good that it might not last long in your house!

I used an iSi cream whipper but you can also make this by hand.

Real Food Chocolate Whipped Cream
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Ingredients
  • 1 pint cream
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 TBS maple syrup
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp real salt
Instructions
  1. Gently fold the ingredients together.
  2. Pour in your isi whipped cream canister or whipped on high with a hand held mixer until light and fluffy.

 

How To Stretch A Chicken Into 6 Meals

How to Stretch 1 Chicken for 6 Meals- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

The iconic roasted “Sunday Chicken”, there is little that tastes better than a savoury piece of chicken with crispy skin and spices. When served with some potatoes and a vegetables, you have a meal that is satisfying and delicious.

Unfortunately if you are buying a pastured chicken or even a regular organic chicken you might be paying $10-15 per chicken. All the more reason to raise your own if you ask me. Many of us including me at the moment don’t have that option. (Someday though, I’ll be raising chickens again.)

With prices that high per chicken many of us can’t afford to have a chicken last for just one or two meals. We need ways to make the chicken stretch for a few extra meals. Over the years I have learned to get the most I can out of my chickens.

These suggestions are for made with a family of four in mind. Every family is a different, so feel free to take these suggestions and run with them! As glad as I am that I know how to stretch 1 chicken for 6 meals there are times when I have served the whole bird and just made soup with the leftovers. There’s no shame in throughly enjoying a whole bird now and again.

1. Roasted Chicken

I love to make roasted chicken. It is one of the easiest “fancy” dishes to learn to fix. It is sure to impress oh so tasty!

Cut off the legs and thighs to feed your family that night. Leave the rest of the chicken on the counter so no one is tempted to gobble up the whole thing. So that no one feels like they aren’t having a filling meal serve the chicken with a couple tasty sides like mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, roasted vegetables or fresh soaked whole wheat bread.

I am a huge fan of chicken wings. They aren’t always easy to find so when I am prepping a chicken to roast I normally cut off the wings and place them in a freezer bag. Once I save enough wings for a meal I pull the bag out and make my favourite teriyaki wings.

2. Pick the Chicken Clean

Cut off the breast meat. Slice into bite size pieces. You can add to yellow curry, Thai Curry Noodle Soup, or a stir-fry.

Sometimes I will cut off the breasts before I roast the chicken and save them to make a “Chick-fil-A” nuggets or a tandoori chicken sandwich.

Pick any other meat left on the bones to save for meal #6.

Nourishing Homemade Chick-fil-A Nuggets

3. Bone Broth

There are few things better for you than bone broth. I like to use my bones to make batches of broth. For added flavour and nutrition I like to add one or two chicken feet when I have them on hand. The first broth tends to be more rich and savoury. I’ll use it for soups where the broth is the star like Nourishing Thai Noodle Soup or Knefla (German Dumpling Stew).

My second batch or broth is used to for soups where many other ingredients are added such as my green tortilla soup, roasted tomato tortilla soup or to make rice pilaf.

4. Giblet Broth

The giblets are what my Grandma Burnett always went for. When I was little I thought she was crazy. Looking back I see what a smart woman she actually was. I like to set the “offal” as it is also called aside to make crazy good for you broth. I add chicken feet to the broth as well. Like my second batch of bone broth I tend to use giblet broth for making rice and soups with lots of add ins. Don’t throw the offal away, set it aside for a nutritious boost to another meal.

Giblet Broth
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Ingredients
  • 2 quarts of water
  • Chicken Neck
  • Giblets
  • 2 Chicken Feet (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Simmer for up to 24 hours. Strain the broth throw a fine mesh strainer or a cloth. Disarcd the bones and set the giblets aside for another meal.


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5. Organ Meats

I like to use the offal left from making the giblet broth mixed into soups like chile or chopped up in meatloaf or meat balls. There is so little that it is impossible to detect it. You get the nourishing benefits from the offal and you aren’t letting them go to waste!

6. Bit and Pieces

Whatever bits and pieces that may be left are perfect to add to a salad, fried rice or another pot of soup, such as Simple Chicken and Rice Soup.  (Can you tell I like soup?)

Another perk to having your own chickens is that you get to take awesome pictures like these!

Chicken Love 2What are you best tips for stretching a chicken for more than one meal?