Friday, February 10, 2012

A Real Food Fun Valentine's Day Menu

With Valentines Day just around the corner, I thought I'd create a Real Food menu with a decadent theme . . . you guessed it CHOCOLATE!

Chocolate can be a super heart healthy choice, high in magnesium and antioxidants that protect us down to our cell membranes!

Combine delicious, decadent chocolate with some spicy peppers and suddenly you've created dishes with depth and full flavors that make your taste buds sing with joy!  Not to mention your blood circulate a bit faster . . . and who knows just where that could lead . . .

You may have guessed by now that I've created an Aztec inspired menu.  I thought I'd start with the things you can make days ahead of time so you can be relaxed while enjoying a delicious meal with the one or ones you love!

So let's start with dessert!  This one is simple to make, beautiful, light, unexpected and reminscent of a Fudgesicle with a kick!  I really LOVE this one!  

Chocolate Aztec Granita
This granita is so good!  It reminds me of one of my favorite frozen chocolate desserts from my childhood . . . Fudgesicles!  But this is like a Fudgesicle with a little kick!  I find it a bit addictive.  Like all granitas you can make this impressive dessert with nothing more than a glass baking dish, a fork and a little space in your freezer.  It’s generally ready in about 4 hours, but can be made a week ahead.  Consider this delicious, light and totally refreshing granita when making dessert for your next celebration.
Yield – 1 quart

3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
4 cups boiling pH 9.5 ionized water
2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
1/4 teaspoon stevia powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Dissolve cacao powder in boiling water, stir in sweeteners and cayenne pepper.  Taste and adjust sweeteners to taste.

Pour into an 8 inch square glass baking dish and place in freezer.  Every hour run a fork through the mixture to break it up into crystals.

To serve scoop into chilled glasses and top with Coconut Crème and a small dash of cayenne for an even more beautiful presentation.

I hope you like this as much as I do!!!

Dr. P

Be watching for a collection of my best frozen dessert recipes due to be out in April!

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