Grilled Guacamole

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Grilled Guacamole | Mrs G's Appliance Chef

Before my kids were born, I could easily spend a whole day just cooking dinner. I would hop from farm to farm in search of meticulous ingredients. Then I would spend hours in the kitchen creating elaborate chef dinners. I loathed people who made mayonnaise in a blender rather than whipping it by hand, let alone bought it at the store.

When my first child was born, I (stressfully) held on to this practice. But when my second and third ones arrived, I had no choice but to cave  in. And I started to cut corners.

Sixteen years later, I’ve developed a whole repertoire of shortcuts. Sure,  my occupational pride is hurt. But dinners are made with ease and nonchalance.

One of my favorite shortcuts is that of guacamole. In this particular recipe, we first grilled the avocado and lime on the Big Green Egg after being inspired by local blogger Amanda Biddle of StripedSpatula. Guacamole is so simple that there is no need for a recipe:

     1.Grill cut sides down on medium-high direct heat for about 5 minutes;

     2. Scoop out the flesh of three ripe avocados;

     3. Drizzle some lime and sprinkle with salt; 

     4. Mash with a fork and then stir in about half cup of fresh, store-bought salsa.

     5. That’s all!

Grilled Guacamole | Mrs G's Appliance Chef

 

 

Grilled Guacamole | Mrs G's Appliance Chef

 

Grilled Guacamole | Mrs G's Appliance Chef

People who’ve tasted this guacamole said that it tasted like the “real thing” from a restaurant.  So let me tell you a secret: restaurants cut corners, too. 

Brain-Frienldy No-Bake Power Bars

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Finals are upon us, and our kids are cramming. We can’t take the tests for them, but we can help them think more clearly.

As every parent knows, there are many ways to do that (or are there?). Here I’d like to offer a recipe that may keep their blood sugar stable, and provide just enough carbs to appease them. It combines protein and good-for-you fats with some brain clearing, mood lifting substances.

And, believe it or not, all that goodness is wrapped up as chocolate peanut bars.

Boost Your Brain Function with No-Bake Power Bars

This recipe plays up the beloved peanut-butter-and-chocolate combination. If you wish, replace the peanut butter with any other nut or seeds butter.

It is important to use butter from grass-fed cows. Grass-raised foods have a higher level of Omega-3 fats in them. Omega-3′s have been known to help with learning, concentration and brain development.

In case you were wondering, the omega-3 finds its way into the food from the grass. The grass also gives it a beautiful gold color, great flavor, and vital nutrients. You can find local grass-fed butter at some farmers markets.

Use high-quality chocolate with at least 70% cacao. In my opinion, the coconut and raisins provide just enough sweetness, so I use 99% cocoa with no sugar at all.

Boost Your Brain Function with No-Bake Power Bars  | Mrs. G's Appliance Chef

Boost Your Brain Function with No-Bake Power Bars  | Mrs. G's Appliance Chef Boost Your Brain Function with No-Bake Power Bars  | Mrs. G's Appliance Chef

Boost Your Brain Function with No-Bake Power Bars  | Mrs. G's Appliance Chef

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Brain-Boosting Power Bars
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Ingredients
  1. • Four tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter.
  2. • 11/4 cups peanut or almond butter (make fresh in your Wolf Gourmet blender!)
  3. • 1 cup high-quality dark chocolate, at least 70% cacao, chopped
  4. • 1 cup raisins
  5. • 1 cup ground hemp seeds or flax seeds
  6. • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  7. • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  8. • ¼ cup sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. 1. Melt the butter, chocolate, and nut butter in a saucepan. Work over medium heat (or the lower heat on a dual stacked burner).
  2. 2. Combine the other ingredients in a medium bowl. Drizzle with the melted butter mixture and mix well with a silicon spatula.
  3. 3. Spread mixture onto an 8X12-inch pan. Chill until it's firm and cut into 1-inch squares. A tiny piece goes a very long way.
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Homemade Dog & Cat Treats

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Eating fresh and local is not just a human privilege. Dogs and cats can enjoy the benefits of food that is made fresh and with quality ingredients. In honor of the “Dogs & Cats in the Kitchen” contest, where one lucky pet owner could win THIS Bosch 36″ Freestanding Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator, I put together a dog and cat recipe for you to try at home. If you haven’t entered the contest, go to the Mrs. G Facebook page now and submit a picture of your furry friend having fun in the kitchen. Good luck! Read More

Holiday Appetizers from Princeton, NJ Area Chefs

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On November 21st, Mrs. G’s hosted the Business After Business event for the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. It was a pleasure to join 4 chefs from local restaurants – Rocky Hill Inn, Crown of India, Chambers Walk, and Marsilio’s Kitchen–to prepare an appetizer that would be sure to delight any holiday party. We’ve shared most of the recipes for you below so you can wow your guests this holiday season! Let us know how they turn out. And check out pictures from the event to see the chefs (and me) in action!  Read More