Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Zero sugar-Chocolate-Coconut-Nut Butter Bites

When I found this recipe I never imagined they would be so DE-licious!! They are heaven sent with their silky truffle like texture... YUMM-O! 

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup almond butter or any nut butter
1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and melt together until smooth (can also be done in microwave) Just heat and stir till nice and creamy. Pour about 1 tbsp size dollups in paper lined mini muffin tins. Set in freezer about 10 minutes till hardened. Store in a airtight container in fridge. This made 24 mini bites but could also be made in a regular sized muffin tin. Just add a little more to each tin (you wont get as many though.) Here's to healthy SWEET eating!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Homemade Beef Jerky

This is the perfect on the go snack that is packed with protein, low in carbs, & with no preservatives!! You can switch up the seasonings too... You'll never want store bought again! 

4 lbs london broil beef or 4 lbs flank steaks
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2-1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon liquid smoke 
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup Frank's red hot sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar

First place london broil in freezer for about 45 minutes- meat is much easier to slice thinly when cold. 
While it's chilling mix all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Once meat is chilled slice as thin as you can get it- about 1/4 inch thick. Place all the sliced meat in a gallon size ziplock bag and pour marinade over meat. Seal the bag & squish to evenly coat all the meat slices. Refrigerate 4-6 hours. Place tin foil on two cookie sheets and lay the strips of beef all over cookie sheet, but DO NOT overlap. Dry in oven set at lowest setting 150-160 for 3 hours. Flip the meat and dry for another 3 hours. Meat is done when it's dry. I cut my meat really thin so it only took about 2 hrs per side. (4 hrs total) ENJOY!!!
Recipe adapted from Food.com