Super-Seed Dark Chocolate Clusters

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We all get that chocolate craving once in a while. Wait, scratch the last part. It probably kicks in more often than we care to admit. But a better solution would be to swap that candy bar for something with a little less sugar, like these super-seed dark chocolate clusters.

They’re filled with nothing but natural ingredients and flavours. Sweet cranberries and savoury orange zest combine with the crunch of pumpkin and sunflower seeds to create a rich taste without the guilt! So try this simple, home-made recipe that is not only good for you, but also has the potential to impress even those with the pickiest sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

1 pack semi-sweet baker’s chocolate

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup unsalted, raw pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup toasted, salted sunflower seeds

1 orange, zest

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Instructions:

1. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

2. Melt the chocolate in a metal bowl over a pot of boiling and steaming water.

3. Using a tablespoon, scoop the chocolate and place round drops onto the parchment paper.

4. Sprinkle the cranberries, orange zest, and seeds while the chocolate is still molten.

5. Cover with plastic wrap and stick into the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour, or until ready to snack on! Then simply remove, and enjoy.

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Artisan Asparagus Flatbread

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With hearty toppings, a warm crust, and the gooey goodness of cheese, pizza is everybody’s favourite! It’s also a food for every occasion –the perfect movie night companion, an ideal party starter, and the most reliable post-breakup buddy. Yep, pizza does it all. But as versatile and delicious as it is, you can’t indulge in it at every opportunity (even though your taste buds may say otherwise).

So when the craving kicks in, bake a delicious artisan asparagus flatbread instead. It’s a healthy alternative, free of all that dough and filled with green veggies.  This recipe takes minutes to make, and just seconds to eat. Can’t believe it? Give it a try:

Ingredients:

1 bunch of asparagus, ends removed

1 leek

1 ready-made flatbread

1/2 cup goat cheese

1 tbsp basil pesto

1/2 cup mozzarella

1 tsp salt

Red pepper flakes (optional)

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Instructions:

1. Sautee your washed and sliced leeks over medium heat until softened, and steam your asparagus until bright green.

2. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.

3. Lay out your flatbread on a baking pan, and start layering the ingredients. Begin with a coat of basil pesto as your base, then the goat and mozarella cheeses, the leeks, finally followed by the asparagus. Sprinkle the salt on top.

4. Pop in the oven for about 8-10 minutes, take out, and let it cool before indulging.

If you’re one who can handle the heat, sprinkle a few red pepper flakes for an extra kick! They definitely add a nice layer of flavour to an otherwise mild recipe.

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Stay on Track with the Right Snack: Substitutes for Your Favourite Foods

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With the beginning of a new year, many people may resolve to eat better, healthier, and more nutritious foods. Of course, all goes well until one craving creeps up and threatens to spoil all that hard work and progress. So how do you stay on track? Well, you can start by being more selective with your snacks.

Instead of reaching for that sugary granola bar, or salt-loaded chips, there are healthier options to choose from. And that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavour! All of the alternatives below are just as tasty.

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1. Quinoa Chips: We all love Doritos, Cheetos, and the crunchy goodness of chips. But when you turn that bag around and take a look at the nutritional information, everything you munched on doesn’t seem to settle quite so well anymore. Fear not, there is something else you can eat that tastes great –quinoa chips. They’re so good you can’t even tell the difference, and are relatively low in fat and sugar. And it goes without saying, you’re getting the benefits of ancient grains.

2. Rice Cakes: Bread, baguettes, and buttery croissants may be a nice treat once in a while. And once in a while is key. If you like to have bread on the regular, and with almost every meal, then you may want to consider switching over to rice cakes instead. Choose organic, multigrain ones instead of the Quaker kind –with only 75 calories for 3 pieces and only 0.5 grams of fat, they are ideal for pairing with any kind of nut butter and fruit. Whole Foods or you local health food store should have them!

3. Hazelnut Butter: Nutella. If reading that made your heart beat faster, you’re not alone. We all love to eat it, until we’ve reached the bottom of the jar and the peak of regret. A great (and guilt-free) alternative is hazelnut butter. It’s unsweetened, but spread it on top of a rice cake, and drizzle it with a little honey or a few semi-sweet chocolate chips for a fantastic breakfast!

4. Banana Bites: If you’re in the mood for something sweet, stop yourself before devouring that chocolate bar. The coconut banana bites by Barnana are equally delicious, and help you get your serving of potassium. Not to mention, they’ll help kick that sweet tooth craving to the curb.

And there you have it, the best alternatives for your favourite foods and snacks! Have you tried any of these? Which did you like best? Do you have any other substitutes and alternatives to suggest? Leave your thoughts in the comment section or tweet @ThePoshDish!

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Big Game, Small Snack: Guacamole Crostinis for Super Bowl Sunday

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Score a touchdown with the crowd at your Super Bowl party by making delicious crostinis. Sure, you can serve the regular chips and dip, but where’s the fun and flair in that? These bite-sized snacks are a deconstructed version of everyone’s favourite Mexican treat(guacamole), artfully presented in layers. Not to mention, they are a fresh alternative to all the fried, calorie-clad, and sugary snacks you’re going to be tempted by!

With a twist to tradition, these guacamole crostinis are sure to be a hit so even if the team you’re rooting for loses, there’s still something to cheer about. Here’s there recipe for the small snack that’s big on flavour:

Ingredients:

1 baguette (you can choose white, whole wheat, 12 grain, etc.)

1 ripe avocado

1 tomato

1 shallot

1/2 lime

1 tsp salt

4 tbsp olive oil

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Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Slice your baguette 1/4 inch thick and place the pieces evenly across a baking pan. Brush each of them with olive oil. Put them into the oven for approx. 10 minutes or until they become golden and crisp.

3. Prepare the vinaigrette by combining the remaining olive oil (2 tbsp), juice of 1/2 lime, salt, and minced cilantro. Stir until well combined.

4. Slice the avocado, tomato, and shallots. Lay one on top of the other on the freshly toasted baguette slices. Pour a tsp of vinaigrette on each, and enjoy!

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Beat the Winter Blues with Bone Broth

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Soup and warm foods are a dietary staple during the frigid winter months. Sure, a salad may be a fresh treat for your taste buds, but stick to eating it in the spring and summer. When snow flakes are falling, it’s wiser to fill up a bowl of soup instead.

The latest craze this season is bone broth. Grandmas around the world have been brewing up pots of if for generations, and it seems like kitchen-savvy gals are finally taking notice. And how could they not? It’s tasty and not too hard to make. Plus, it has a ton of health benefits that could help boost your immune system and load up on vitamins.

So if all this sounds appealing to you, strut over to your local butcher shop, pick up some fresh ingredients, and start cookin’. Scroll down for the how-to!

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Ingredients:

1.5 lbs of bones with some meat on them (choose either chicken, veal, or beef)

2 carrots, washed, peeled, and sliced in quarters

1 tsp peppercorns

3 bay leaves, whole and dried

1 tsp salt

Directions:

1. Prep all your ingredients, and rinse the bones under cold water.

2. Add the bones to a large pot, and fill it with water approx. 2-3 inches above the bones. Let it boil on high heat, removing the foam that will form at the top with a dense strainer.

3. After 10 minutes of boiling, turn the heat down to medium. Then add the carrots, peppercorns, bay leaves, and salt.

4. Cover it with a lid and let it simmer for another 1 1/2 hours, and you’re ready to start sipping!

So whether you enjoy it as it is, or use it as a base for another savoury soup, give this latest trend a try!

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Bite-Sized Walnut Brownies

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Baking brownies is always a good idea! But baking a big batch is not. Why? Because once they’re fresh out of the oven, chances are you’ll eat your way through until there isn’t a crumb left. If that sounds like something you would do, then there’s a solution: bite-sized portions.

These mini-muffin tin brownies are ideal for controlling cravings, and even taking them on the go. Not to mention, they’re loaded with walnuts and perfect for heart health! So you’re guaranteed to get the best of both words –an indulgent snack without the guilt.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of sunflower oil

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup flour

2  full tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts

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Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Mix the oil and sugar until well incorporated, then add the eggs.

3. In a separate bowl, mix your sifted flour, baking powder, and cocoa. When finished, add them to the egg mix.

4. Add 1 tablespoon of the mix to each section of a greased mini-muffin pan. Bake for approximately 24 minutes, and enjoy!

There you have it: portion-perfect brownies that are sure to please!

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