Posts tagged ‘cocoa powder’

April 29, 2012

Slow Cooker Chili

Bought a slow cooker just before starting the job-ola and its come in very handily.  We probably end up using it once a week (for my work late days).

Here is a Chili Recipe that I’ve messed around with based on a mix of my moms and my mom-in-law’s recipes…(note the cocoa powder…makes a big difference)

1 lb lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 large, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 jalapenos, chopped (optional)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/8-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (to taste)
1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
2 14 oz can diced tomatoes (unsalted)

1 can corn kernels

1 can red kidney beans

8 oz beef stock



sour cream
shredded cheddar
sliced green onions
tortilla chips

Lightly spray the inside of the crock with cooking spray. Throw everything into the slow cooker, cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or high heat for 4-5 hours.

Go to work, deal with a ridiculous commute with agitated toddler who doesn’t nap at daycare anymore on way home, open door and voila…the yummy smell of ready-made dinner greets you and takes your blood pressure down a notch.

Serve with garnishes.


May 13, 2011


chocolate cookie turds = churds

One day I’ll get the hang of taking food pix that are a bit more flattering to the food.  Its really too bad these look like turds but they just taste so damn good.

This recipe was from Lookbookcookbook one of my faves for a good ole fashioned dose of food & fashion.

1 cup oats
2/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat & mix syrup with oil in pan on stovetop. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.  The longer you cook, the less gooey they become so i took them off the heat as soon as everything was mixed up. Spoon onto a cookie sheet and pop in fridge to cool down.

I love these because they literally took 10 minutes to make and they totally satisfied my mid-afternoon slump for chocolate. *lipsmacking goodness*

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