February is the month for chocolate. I can roll with that. I like chocolate as much as the next person. This year, however, I'm trying to think outside the heart-shaped box.
I'm lucky enough to work with some talented chefs and we put our heads together to come up with healthier ways to enjoy our beloved chocolate. Here's a recipe by Executive Chef Nick Weimer that uses cocoa, which delivers intense chocolate flavor without loads of fat and sugar.
Quinoa pudding with cocoa
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1/4 cup assorted nuts
1/3 cup assorted dried fruit
1/2 cup assorted berries
2 tablespoons shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup plain or vanilla low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Place ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Now it's your turn. I'm challenging your creativity and culinary skills. Share your ideas and recipes for getting your chocolate fix in healthier ways.
Feb. 03, 2011