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Pork with Peppermint Raspberry Sauce

 

This is a super-easy dinner you can create in less than 30 minutes, and it looks like you slaved all day.  Raspberry and peppermint naturally go together, with a sweet yet menthol cooling after taste.  Thin boneless pork chops are great to keep in the freezer for a quick last-minute dinner, because they defrost very quickly, and take to hundreds of different flavors and sauces well.

For this recipe, use either 4 small pork chops, or one larger 1-1.5 pound pork roast.  The sauce can be made while the chops cook, so that they are ready at the same time.  I made some potatoes and wilted spinach, but you could have a salad or any roasted veggie you like on the side to complete the meal.

Ingredients:

  • 4 pork chops or 1 pound roast
  • 1 tbsp butter or margerine
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp cran-cherry juice
  • 2-3 drops peppermint
  • 1/2 pint raspberries

Step 1: In a frying pan, melt the butter and fry the pork chops.  Cook 5-6 minutes, then flip and cook another 4-5 minutes.

Step 2: In a small sauce pan, mix the juice and vinegar.  Add the raspberries, and bring to a simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Step 3: After the raspberries have basically fallen apart, add the drops of peppermint, and strain it if you don’t want the seeds.  Drizzle over the cooked pork.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cocoa

 

As I continue to read and learn more about food and nutrition, I become more convinced that the closer to vegan one eats, the better for one’s health.

Many people think that being vegan is restrictive and boring, that you can only eat raw vegetables forever. That is definitely not the case. As veganism becomes more mainstream, tons of websites and blogs pop up with brilliant recipes and ways to add more vegetables grains fruits and nuts to your life. Though you may have more nuts in your life than you want right now…

Anywho. I believe in moderation, and though you should always strive for a healthy diet, any diet that includes no treats is bound to fail over time.

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This recipe is an amalgamation of several I browsed online mixed with what was in my cabinets. Read labels to ensure it truly is vegan, if you choose.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond (or other plant-based) milk
  • 2 tbsp peppermint candies
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large bar organic dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • Sprinkle of sea salt

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Step 1: In a sauce pan, slowly heat the milk until just below a simmer.

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Step 2: Add the coconut oil and dark chocolate, broke into pieces. Mix constantly until dissolved, not letting it boil. Add the peppermint candies and continue mixing until melted.

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Step 3: Pour into mugs, optionally with a peppermint stir stick. Also optional include marshmallows, whipped cream, and/or cinnamon.

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This is a fabulous beverage to enjoy on a chilly winter evening! Not to mention absolutely delicious.

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Super simple peppermint meringues

 

As a holiday or any day treat, meringues are so simple to make if you follow one simple rule: beat the crap outta the egg whites. Oh, and don’t let ANY fats touch the mix. Easy right?

And with less than 5 ingredients, and only 20 calories per meringue, these are an awesome holiday treat to have out at your party or give as homemade gifts.

I’ve made meringues before, with vanilla and a peppermint candy crushed and sprinkled on top. These take mint to a whole new level. I made a big batch, to give out to coworkers and neighbors. The swirl of color makes them cheery, and the peppermint flavor is very strong, so feel free to cut it down if you don’t want that.

Recipe makes about 4 dozen.

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp peppermint oil
  • Sprinkle of sea salt
  • Optional: few drops food coloring

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Step 1: Separate the eggs into whites and yolks. If you want to be super cautious, break each egg into one bowl, then combine them all in a separate bowl. This ensures absolutely no yolk gets in. The fats in the yolk will ruin the meringue and cause it to not rise.

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Step 2: Beat the crap out of the egg whites. Seriously, let it go for about 20 minutes. The eggs should bubble, then begin to “fluff” up. Continue until soft peaks form. That means if you dip a spoon in, it can pull up a peak, but it flops over when you remove the spoon.

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Step 3: Add in the sugar and the peppermint flavoring. You could also try anise, vanilla, lemon, almond… let your imagination run wild. Sprinkle in about 1/4 tsp of salt, and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. If you stick in a spoon, you can pull up peaks that then hold their shape.

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Step 4:You can either put it into ziplock bags with a hole snipped in the corner and pipe it onto cookie sheets, or just use a tablespoon to plop dollops on.

Bake in the oven at 250 for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until fully hardened. You can also prop the door open and leave them overnight. I use a foil sheet so they are easier to remove. Also, you can add in a drop of food coloring at step 3 for fun holiday swirls!

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Bonus tip: If you put the yolks in a container with 1/4 tsp of salt or sugar per 4 yolks, you can freeze them for later use. The salt or sugar will keep them from becoming “gummy” for longer. Just mark if you added salt or sugar so you know which recipe to use them in.