September 23rd is certainly one of the happiest days of my year, because it is National Chocolate Day. That means we can celebrate chocolate all day. Any kind of chocolate. Any way we like it.
While visions of chocolate sweets dance through your head, remember that many savory dishes contain chocolate, too, making it possible to enjoy this mood-boosting flavor all through the day.
How can you eat chocolate in savory food? Let me list a few ways.
If you want to keep your grains or protein pure, augment them with a White or Dark Chocolate Mocha, hold the whipped cream (or not!) from your favorite coffee shop and hurry home to drink it with your breakfast. Readers who want to kick up their heels at the crack of dawn may prefer a gooey chocolate donut, or a chocolate-filled croissant which are readily available at most coffee-chain drive thrus and the bakery sections of many supermarkets. But, if you must have your breakfast hot off the grill, consider adding chocolate chips or even chocolate syrup to your pancake or waffle batter, or even to your oatmeal. And if you’re pressed for time Eggo makes a chocolate chip waffle, which you can toast in about a minute, and Quaker makes instant chocolate oatmeal.
Mexican mole sauce, which contains chocolate, is used in many wonderful ways, such as over roast chicken, roast pork, and stuffed poblano peppers. Mexican restaurants abound in most communities, but do-it-yourselfers can find decent jars of mole sauce in local supermarkets.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate chocolate into your savory dinner is to use the Sweet ’N Spicy Chili recipe in Easy Weekly Meals for College Students. (See the picture in our Recipes Section) Simply add 4 T of shaved semi-sweet chocolate, or just use semi-sweet chocolate chips 30 minutes before completion time. This recipe will also be available in Easy Weekly Meals for Moms on the Go due out in early November 2012. If you can’t wait for the Moms edition to obtain this recipe, remember, the entire College Students version of our ebook series is only $5.99 and chocked full of dishes that work for everyone.
Most of us have dessert covered. Chocolate elcairs, brownies, ice cream, frozen yogurt, cream pie, cookies…the list is endless. But, I’m going to end with a teaser. I’ll be eating the flourless chocolate cake pictured above with raspberries and whipped cream. It’s easy, it’s gluten free, and its taste is out of this world. Look for the recipe in Easy Weekly Meals for Moms on the Go in early November 2012.