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Recipe: Vegan Skinny Hot Cocoa

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Cowgirl Coolers

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Skinny Chickpeas with Tikka Masala Sauce

Skip the Indian restaurant, you can make this delicious recipe any time you are craving a vegetarian Tikka Masala.

Ingredients

2 tbsp canola oil or unsalted butter
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes (from a can)
1 cup light coconut milk
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp tumeric
2 tsp chili powder
juice from 1/2 lemon (1 tbsp)
salt and pepper to taste
1 (15 ounce can) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
freshly chopped cilantro for garnish
basmati rice or naan for serving

Directions

Heat the oil or butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion for 3 minutes, add the ginger, cook another 3 minutes until onions are golden brown. Add the garlic, cook another minute then add the tomatoes, coconut milk, spices and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and cook about 10 minutes, stirring well. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper to your liking.

At this point you can puree the sauce in a food processor or blender…or not. Just depends if you prefer a silky smooth sauce. If you pureed it, return the sauce to the skillet. Add in the chickpeas and heat over medium heat until simmering.

Top with fresh cilantro & serve immediately with rice of naan.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Vegan Skinny Hot Cocoa

Love hot chocolate but want to skip all the sugary calories? Here’s a recipe for my favorite Skinny Hot Cocoa. Enjoy your chocolate cravings whenever you want without the guilt!

1 mug of hot cocoa

5 oz hot water
5 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 heaping tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
stevia or Splenda to taste

Grab your favorite mug. Fill it half way with hot water. Stir in cocoa powder, sweetener & fill the rest with milk. Stir again. Microwave for one minute.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Cowgirl Coolers

We love these skinny frozen cocktails on the hottest summer days!

2 cocktails

3/4 cup (6 ounces) Simple Strawberry Sauce
2-4 ounces whiskey (depends on how much kick you want)
stevia or simple syrup to taste
2 cups (8 ounces) ice
a few fresh strawberries for garnish

Simple Strawberry Sauce recipe here: https://newmm2019.wpengine.com/simple-strawberry-sauce-recipe/
Blend all ingredients in a blender. Top with some sliced strawberries.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Skinny Chickpeas with Tikka Masala Sauce

Skip the Indian restaurant, you can make this delicious recipe any time you are craving a vegetarian Tikka Masala.

4 servings

2 tbsp canola oil or unsalted butter
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes (from a can)
1 cup light coconut milk
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp tumeric
2 tsp chili powder
juice from 1/2 lemon (1 tbsp)
salt and pepper to taste
1 (15 ounce can) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
freshly chopped cilantro for garnish
basmati rice or naan for serving

Heat the oil or butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion for 3 minutes, add the ginger, cook another 3 minutes until onions are golden brown. Add the garlic, cook another minute then add the tomatoes, coconut milk, spices and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and cook about 10 minutes, stirring well. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
At this point you can puree the sauce in a food processor or blender…or not. Just depends if you prefer a silky smooth sauce. If you pureed it, return the sauce to the skillet. Add in the chickpeas and heat over medium heat until simmering.
Top with fresh cilantro & serve immediately with rice of naan.

This sauce tastes even better the day after you cook it! This gives time for all the flavors to marry beautifully.

~ Marla Meridith