Chocolate Mousse & Berries

Chocolate MousseChocolate craving? I get them every night around 8pm. As much as I will myself to crave grapes or carrot sticks instead, the chocolate continues to haunt me. During one of my recent moments of weakness, I decided to look to Google to expand my soy-free chocolate options. I stumbled upon Bobby Flay’s dark chocolate mousse.

Unfortunately, dairy free whipping cream is hard to come by. So, I’ve adapted this recipe to meet the needs of us soy-free eaters. But, if you’re dairy free, plan on tossing back some Lactaid pills!

 

Ingredients:

1 bag of soy-free, dairy-free chocolate

14 ounces of whipping cream (Flay calls for heavy cream, the whipping cream creates a lighter fluff- personal preference)

3 large egg whites

2 tbsp of sugar

A mix of berries. I prefer raspberries and blueberries.

 

Directions:

Melt the chocolate. I do this by heating water in a small sauce pan. I then put the chocolate in a glass bowl and rest the bowl atop the sauce pan. Heat gradually until the chocolate melts. Don’t try to melt the chocolate directly in a saucepan. Been there- it will burn.

In a medium bowl, whisk the whipping cream until it forms standing peaks. Set aside.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form standing peaks. Slowly sprinkle in the sugar while whisking until the eggs are firm.

Fold the melted chocolate into the egg & sugar mixture. Stir gently. Fold the whipped cream into the mixture. Stir slowly until everything is integrated.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour.

When you’re ready to indulge, toss the mousse in something pretty and top with berries!

 

 

A Twist on Fruit (in) Salad

A fruit salad is a typical side dish at summer get-togethers. It’s also naturally soy-free! However, I happen to loath cantaloupe, honeydew, and most-things-melon. As luck would have it, they are the cheapest of the fruits. Therefore, melon is typically the alpha fruit of the American fruit salad.

Can’t afford a fruit salad sans melon? My remedy: the fruit (in) salad. It’s delicious, cheaper, and still fruity!

 

Ingredients:

Greens (I’m partial to arugula, but anything will do)

Fresh blueberries and strawberries (your local farmers market is a great place to get fresh, organic berries at a reasonable price)

Dried cherries (dried cranberries are generally more affordable and I can hardly tell the difference once they’re mixed in)

(optional) Sliced almonds

(optional) Blue cheese

Italian dressing (Good Seasons’ Zesty Italian packet with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and water)

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Wash the berries and greens.

Slice the strawberries.

Toss all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate if you’re saving it for later.

Add the dressing when you’re ready to serve! Dressing tip: less is more. With the juice from the strawberries, it can get soggy quickly.

 

Fruit (in) Salad

Fruit (in) Salad