Dairy-Free Glazed Mexican Chocolate Bundt Cake

My girls think that this cake tastes like a chocolate donut.  Right out of the mouth of babes!  This cake is so moist and rich that you won’t believe that there are actually healthy ingredients in there.  The pumpkin puree adds a lot of fiber as well as vitamin A and iron which supports immune health.  Cinnamon is one of the healthiest spices to use in baking because it can lower blood sugar levels and reduce heart disease risk factors.  1 teaspoon of cinnamon has as many antioxidants as a cup of blueberries.  I reduced the fat by using egg whites and the carbs are reduced with the use of almond flour.  The best part is that this cake can be made without touching your cake mixer.  It’s a total win, win!

Prep Time:  15 minutes        Cook Time:   1 hour and 15 minutes         Makes: 1 bundt cake

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

3/4 cup almond flour or almond meal

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 15 oz can unsweetened pumpkin puree

3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)

5 tbsp liquid egg whites

1/4 cup avocado oil

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Glaze:

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 12-cup bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Get two medium sized mixing bowls.  In one bowl whisk together the flour, almond flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  In the second bowl whisk together the almond milk, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, egg, oil, syrup and extract.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the liquids until just combined.  Transfer the batter to the bundt pan and bake for one hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges with only a few moist crumbs attached.  Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 20 minutes then remove from pan and allow to cool completely on a plate or wire rack.

Combine confectioner’s sugar and almond milk in a small bowl and stir to combine.  Once the cake is completely cool pour the glaze evenly onto the top of the cake and allow it to drizzle down the sides.  Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to a week.

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken lettuce wraps are low calorie, low carb, low fat and low cholesterol but I promise you won’t mind that it’s missing all that bad stuff.  The bean sprouts and water chestnuts add a great crunch to the meat mixture and the sauce gives it a great Asian flavor.  (I bet it will be dripping down your arm by the end of the meal.)  These lettuce wraps make for a quick dinner or a healthy appetizer.  It’s one of my husband’s favorite meals and I am sure it will become a repeat on your dinner menu as well!

Prep Time:  15 Minutes                     Cook Time:  15 minutes                     Serves 4

Ingredients

2 lbs ground chicken

1 red bell pepper diced

5 oz can of peeled and sliced water chestnuts (chopped)

2 heads of Boston Lettuce

12 ounces of fresh bean sprouts

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp fish sauce

2 tbsp hoisin sauce

2 tbsp corn starch

2 tbsp soy sauce

Salt and Pepper to taste

Place 1 tbsp of sesame oil in a large non-stick skillet and add the chopped bell peppers.  Cook for 3 minutes until softened.  Add the ground chicken and stir for 5-8 minutes or until cooked through.  While the chicken is cooking cut the stems off of the heads of lettuce and peel away each whole leaf and pile onto a plate.  Mix together the soy sauce, fish sauce and corn starch and add to the chicken along with the bean sprouts and water chestnuts.  Stir to combine.  Add the hoisin sauce and bring to a boil while stirring.  Serve in a bowl so that each person can make their own wraps with hot sauce, siracha or chili sauce if desired.

 

 

Sweet and Sour Chicken

You can make this meal using condiments that you have in your pantry and it’s a delicious and healthy dinner that you can feel good about serving to your family. The basmati rice has a lower glycemic index than your basic white rice and the chicken is a great lean protein.  Coconut oil is a healthy fat that has been shown to reduce inflammation and it also imparts a great flavor to the dish.  Once you become more familiar with the recipe you can add any vegetables that you’d like – mushrooms, bok choy, carrots, zucchini, etc.

Prep Time:  30 minutes                       Cook time:  15 minutes                Serves 4

1.5 – 2lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces

3 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 tsp ground black pepper

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup ketchup

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp coconut oil

3 – 4 bell peppers in assorted colors cut into 1-inch pieces

6 scallions cut on the bias (white and green parts separated)

1 20 oz can cubed pineapple with 1/2 cup of the pineapple juice reserved

2 cups of dry basmati rice cooked to package instructions (optional)

  1.  Cook the rice according to package instructions.
  2. In a large bowl toss the chicken with 1 tbsp each of soy sauce and cornstarch.  Add 1 tsp ground black pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. In a small bowl combine remaining 2 tbsp soy sauce and 1 tbsp cornstarch, vinegar, ketchup honey and 1/2 cup pineapple juice. (If you forget to reserve the juice or wish to use fresh pineapple simply use 1/2 cup of water in place of the pineapple juice.)  Whisk to combine and set aside.
  4. Heat one tablespoon of coconut oil in a large non-stick skillet and cook the chicken until browned – 5 minutes.  Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  5. Add the peppers and white parts of the scallion to the pan and cook until softened – 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture to the pan along with the chicken and green parts of the scallions.  Bring the mixture to a boil to thicken the sauce – 3 minutes.  Serve immediately over rice.