Comparison – Chocolate Chips

This week I’m doing a comparison of non-dairy chocolate chips.  I’ve only used two brands and, I don’t actually know if there are any other brands on the market.  I use both the Enjoy Life & Chocolate Dream.

 

Enjoy Life comes in mini chocolate chips and chocolate chunks and the Chocolate Dream are more like the standard chip size.

 

I really like the mini chips for making homemade hot chocolate – melt in non-dairy milk over a stove & stir until thick.  If you like a richer, thicker hot chocolate, add more chips.  Here is a great recipe for homemade hot chocolate.  Last time I made it I wasn’t paying attention & I used 1 cup chips…oops…it was SO INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS!!  I’m making that mistake on purpose the next time I make the hot chocolate!  I also switch between cashew & coconut milk.  I love them both.  So good.

I use the chunks in cookies – I haven’t used them for any else yet.

I use the standard size chips for cookies and for eating.

 

I really can’t taste any difference between the two brands; I like them both ~ for eating and baking/cooking.

 

Bonus Recipe (Peppermint Bark)

IMG_3893   King David White Chocolate Chips, Enjoy Life Mini Chips & Peppermint candy canes

IMG_3895  IMG_3896 Break peppermint into pieces.

IMG_3899 Melt chocolate chips; pour in parchment-lined pan; cool in fridge until hard.

IMG_3903  Melt white chips & spread carefully over milk chocolate; sprinkle with peppermint pieces & refrigerate until firm.

IMG_3905  Break into pieces & enjoy!

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Do you have a favorite brand?  Why?  Do you know of any other brands available?  Please comment & let me know.

 

 

Heirloom: Ketchup/Catsup

This recipe has been handed down to me from my great-grandmother’s recipe collection.  Originally written in German, it was translated to English; now I’m sharing it with you.  Wonderful, alongside of April’s heirloom recipe (BBq Sauce) at a barbecue/picnic or with March’s National Day of Something on a Stick (Corndogs).

Original Ketchup Recipe in German
Original Ketchup Recipe in German

Homemade, without all the chemicals and unhealthy ingredients, just tastes better.

 

6 [cooked] quarts tomatoes (about 18 pounds fresh) & strained (approximately 18 pounds, uncooked)

2 large onions (cooked with tomatoes)

2 tablespoons salt

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 teaspoon allspice

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon celery seed

1 teaspoon cloves

1 1/2 cup vinegar

2 cups sugar

 

Cook until thick.

 

 

 

What would you use this homemade ketchup on?  Comment & let me know.

National Day Of Strawberry Shortcake – June 14

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Did you know that June 14th is Flag Day?  What does that even mean? It is the commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress (Wiki).

It’s also National Day of Strawberry Shortcake.  In a word ~ YUM.  Do you know when the first recipe for strawberry shortcake showed up in a cookbook?  Find out here (Wiki).   This could be an easy recipe – go to the store & purchase the sponge cake type shortcake, strawberries & eat.  I’m taking a “from-scratch” shortcake recipe for this National Day of recipe.  I hope you enjoy it.

 

1 quart strawberries, sliced

1 cup white sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup butter flavored Crisco

1 1/2 cups cashew milk (or choice of non-dairy milk)

2 tablespoons Earth Balance or Melt, softened

1 cup So Delicious Coco-Whip Whipped Topping

 

Mix strawberries and 1 cup sugar in a bowl and allow to stand while you complete remaining steps. Stir occasionally to help juice form.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch round baking pan.

Combine flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl; cut in shortening with a knife or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir milk into crumb mixture until just blended; pour into prepared baking pan.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes; cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing shortcake.

Split shortcake into two layers; spread bottom layer with 2 tablespoons softened EB/Melt and top with strawberries and juice. Place top layer over strawberries. Serve with whipped cream.

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Enjoy.

(My picture processing isn’t working, so I’ll add photos at a later date.).

 

Vitamins C, E, K

Disclaimer:

I’m not a professional/nutritionist or a doctor; this is just the result of research that I’ve done for myself that I am sharing.  Please research for yourself and don’t forget to consult/discuss with your healthcare provider!

This week I’m ending the vitamin portion of the nutrition feature.  Vitamins C, E & K are the last three.

 

There is less that 1% of vitamin C in dairy.  Vitamin C is used by the body in collagen formation in connective tissue & it help in iron absorption.  It also supports healing of wounds and injuries.  Since there is such a small amount in dairy, this needs to be sources from other foods.  The best foods are chili peppers, green & red bell peppers, kale, broccoli, pineapples, mango, papaya, strawberries, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts & kiwi.

 

Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin; best sources are sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, asparagus, kiwi, broccoli, carrots, leeks, green beans, olives & olive oil, cranberries, raspberries, chili peppers, tomatoes, Swiss chard, avocado, peanuts & greens (turnip, beet, collard & mustard).

 

The last vitamin, vitamin K is utilized by the body in blood clotting, bone heath and metabolism & protein synthesis.  Like vitamin C, there is only a small amount in dairy.  K1 is sourced from plant foods, especially dark green leafy vegetables.  K2 is sources from meats, eggs, fish & fermented plant & animal foods; K3 is “naturally occurring amounts in food”, but I wasn’t able to find any other specific information for K3.  The list of foods for K vitamins is long:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • greens (mustard, collard, beet, turnip)
  • Swiss chard
  • cucumbers
  • tomatoes
  • oregano
  • black pepper
  • green peas
  • blueberries
  • grapes
  • carrots
  • winter & summer squash
  • cloves
  • chili peppers
  • miso
  • bell peppers
  • plums
  • cantaloupe
  • eggplant
  • parsley
  • broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • romaine lettuce
  • asparagus
  • basil
  • cabbage
  • bok choy
  • celery
  • leeks
  • cilantro
  • sage
  • green beans
  • cauliflower
  • avocado
  • soybeans
  • raspberries
  • pears
  • cranberries.

After the past few posts on nutrition, if one has a variety of fruits and vegetables each day, along with some lean meat and fish, most of these essential vitamins will be supplied in our foods.  It is a great motivation to eat healthier!

 

Did you find any foods that you like to eat on the list?  Will it help you in your health journey?  Did you find a new item that you are going to try? Comment & let me know.