Chocolate Pavlova Two Ways

Pavlova may seem like an intimidating dessert to make, but it is actually quite easy.  A couple years ago, we featured a Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Berries.  So good for spring and summer months!  But chocolate pavlova is my favorite kind of pavlova.  In fact, it is probably my favorite chocolate dessert.  The key to a good chocolate pavlova is figuring out the perfect cocoa ratio.  Cocoa powder deflates egg whites, so black cocoa powder is a must in this recipe to deliver the most chocolatey flavor and still keep that fluffy marshmallowy interior.

Since pavlova uses a lot of egg whites, making curd out of the egg yolks to top the pavlova with is a no-brainer.  This post includes a recipe for pomegranate curd and orange curd, as well as instructions for one large pavlova or smaller individual sized ones.

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Baked Falafel

This month we’ve tackled eating more veggies with cauliflower rice and the shredder attachment (bonus blog for subscribers only), adding whole grains to your diet with Spelt Oat Bread, and now we are rounding out the healthy eating New Year’s resolutions with a meatless meal using the meat mincer attachment: Baked Falafel.  That’s right, meat grinders aren’t just for meat.  You can use them to make veggie burgers, like Mushroom Walnut Burgers, or let it do all the work for you when making falafel.  And since this is about healthy eating, these falafel are baked instead of fried.

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Spelt Oat Bread

Helping you out with those New Year’s resolutions and continuing on with healthy eating posts for January.  We already covered eating more veggies with our bonus recipe of the month available only for subscribers: cauliflower rice using the slicer/shredder attachment. (subscribe to get bonus recipes every month!)  Next we tackle eating more whole grains.  If you are used to eating white flour bread, quick bread is a great segue into the realm of whole grain baking, and eating.  The heartier flavors and textures of whole grains work well and taste great in recipes such as quick breads, muffins, pancakes and waffles.  I love this Spelt Oat Bread because it isn’t sweet, so you can go either way with it: spread on a little Greek yogurt and drizzle with honey for a filling breakfast or serve alongside a hearty minestrone for a healthy dinner.

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