Friday, December 17, 2010

Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

With all this cold weather, it's just a matter of time that my son will be asking for some hot chocolate. Years ago, I "discovered" a great recipe. Ready!? Here it goes!

1 cup rice milk heated- either on the stovetop or via microwave
chocolate syrup-(most brands do not have any dairy in it, but Always check your labels for yourself).

Pour heated rice milk in a mug, add chocolate syrup to taste, stir! Voila, easy hot cocoa! Add a candycane for a little holiday fun!

Want to do away with the additives found in store bought syrup. Here is a great recipe to make your own. It's easy, go ahead try it :)

This recipe is from The Tightwad Gazette (go ahead and laugh at the name, my husband does until he realizes how much I save him!;) by Amy Dacyczyn.

1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Mix cocoa and water in a saucepan. Heat and stir to dissolve the cocoa. Add the sugar then stir to dissolve. Boil for three minutes over medium heat. Be careful not to let it get too hot and boil over! Add the salt and the vanilla. Let cool. Pour into a clean glass jar and let cool. Yields 2 cups.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dairy/Egg free Chili Recipe

Brrr! I don't know how cold it is where you are but it is down right freezing here today! Thanks goodness for fireplaces(mine is gas logs) and some great chili to keep us warm! That's what's on the dairy/egg free menu for dinner tonight. Nothing like a great bowl of chili to warm you up! This is a recipe I modified from a cookbook my mom gave me called Cooking 101 by Sidney Brockman Carlisle. It's quick, easy and I get lots of compliments on it.

2 lbs ground beef (you can substitute one can of red kidney beans for 1 1b. of ground beef)
3 packets McCormicks mild chili mix (Always check the ingredients, as they can change!)
1/2 chopped onion
2(8oz.) cans of tomato sauce
1 (15 oz.) can of stewed tomatoes
1/2 jar of mild picante sauce (small jar)
2 cups of water

Brown, ground beef and onion until no longer pink. Drain off grease. Add everything else, mix thoroughly and let simmer on your stovetop, on low, for approximately 45 minutes. Don't forget to stir it now and then! Don't want to use McCormick's? Check out this recipe for making your own chili seasoning!
4 Tbsp. chili powder
2 Tbsp. seasoned salt (I like Mrs. Dash)
4 tsp cumin
2 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Stay warm! :)