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!
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.
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.
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.
Brain-Boosting Power Bars
- • Four tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter.
- • 11/4 cups peanut or almond butter (make fresh in your Wolf Gourmet blender!)
- • 1 cup high-quality dark chocolate, at least 70% cacao, chopped
- • 1 cup raisins
- • 1 cup ground hemp seeds or flax seeds
- • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
- • ¼ cup sesame seeds
- 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. Combine the other ingredients in a medium bowl. Drizzle with the melted butter mixture and mix well with a silicon spatula.
- 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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