Thursday, June 30, 2011

4th of July Blogger Giveaway! and a Chocomole Recipe

I spent a fun night last night with a friend visiting from LA. She organized a girls' night dinner party hosted by her sister. I met a lot of very accomplished and interesting women I had never met before. Ironically, the dinner was almost vegan (there was a bit of feta cheese in a Greek salad and some butter in a tart, but that's about it) and this wasn't a group of Vegans. Isn't that weird? Good? Even great?

My contribution was something that I have been wanting to test out for a while now. A spicy, chocolaty, rich dessert concoction called Chocomole. I'm really not sure who can claim ownership of this concept, because I have seen it before in a variety of media. I even made a version of this last summer, but this way, with the addition of red chili pepper and cinnamon . . . now this is something to talk about!

Chocomole


2 large ripe avocados
12 Medjool dates, pits removed and soaked if necessary
8 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup non dairy milk

Place all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary.

Serve as a mousse or as a dipping sauce for fresh fruit.


And now for the giveaway!


Win a DVD copy of the brand spanking new documentary "Got the Facts on Milk" by Shira Lane. I just received two copies in the mail yesterday and I cannot wait to watch this film! But, I also couldn't wait to give one copy away . . . so here are the rules:

(1) leave a comment here about any Plant-strong plans you have for this 4th of July weekend.

(2) make sure to be an e-mail subscriber OR RSS feed subscriber OR Twitter follower of Healthy Girl's Kitchen.

(3) "Like" Healthy Girl's Kitchen on Facebook if you haven't already (although I suspect you have!)

I will pick one lucky recipient on July 4th at noon (EST). Please leave one comment per participant. No need to answer all three questions in seperate comments. Thanks!

So, what are your Plant-strong plans this weekend?

50 comments:

leafynotbeefy said...

Wow, that recipe sounds so good! I don't have any plans right now, thinking of making some recipes I've found lately (including this chocomole!)

leafynotbeefy said...

I follow your blog by email :)

arcadian~beauty said...
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leafynotbeefy said...

I'm a fan of yours on Facebook too

Marisa said...

First, want to say that I just found your blog through Choosing Raw, and I LOVE it! And as for Plant-strong plans this weekend, my husband just bought a panini maker so we are going to experiment with making veggie paninis!

Marisa said...

Oh... and I completed #'s 2 and 3 too. :)

Chris said...

I'm thinking grilled veggie kabobs and something having to do with quinoa. yum :)

Alipet813 said...

I will be visiting family that are far from plant strong. My guess is tthat there will be grilling on one day. On another day we will be at a carnival. I plan on contributing fresh fruit and veggies to munch. I am also thinking about trying out a black bean burger recipe I found and having that cooked on the grill. Any ideas on what I could do on carnival day??
I follow you on facebook (Alison Petersen Mitchell) and get an RSS feed. I am going to go make sure I follow you on twitter right now (I am alipet813).

maya said...

well, i am making a new-to-me black bean burger recipe & some sides to take to the family (non-vegan) cookout on monday. first time i've taken my own food, so wish me luck!

i am already subscribed & i just liked you on fb. :)

Dawn said...

Hi, I follow your blog by email.

Dawn said...

I have Healthy Girl's Kitchen Liked on Face book.

Dawn said...

We have been eating about 90% plant and my husband recently challenged our family to go 100%. What better way to do this than celebrate with the upcoming celebration! Today we have a play date and are using it to get everybody excited about planting their food and eating plants. Dirt play in pots is always fun! And I think we'll have to make your Cocomole too.

Anonymous said...

I will be staying home for the holiday. I plan to make some grilled veggies (squash, broccoli, onions, carrots) and a five fruit salsa with cinnamon tortilla chips.
On fb and get emails.
You give great information and super recipes!

This Vegan said...

I'm meeting up for coffee with my vegan friend, Sasha! I might sneak in a couple vegan carrot cupcakes for us to enjoy with our coffees. :)

Jill said...

I plan to try out a whole bunch of recipes that I've printed from your website and from all the books I just bought that are plant-based. Can't wait to try the eggplant fries first!

Liana said...

Starting the 6 week challenge (Eat to Live) again (though I haven't strayed that far from it) to support some friends who i encouraged to try it. Sp 4th of July will be all about grilled veggies and fruits. I love love love a grilled pineapple!!!

Audrey said...

I plan to maybe have a cook-out with my family and make some delicious vegan food!

michelle said...

We've been invited to an beach barbecue - BYOM. So instead of "meat" I'm doing "BYOVeg" - Marinated portobellas. Also steaming some baby potatoes and doing those as kabobs. I have a killer broccoli/cauliflower salad with peas/onion/celery in a cashew dressing that I can't wait to make again - so that's coming, too. Only problem with this plan is that the SAD people want to eat MY food, too! Ha ha. So I have to bring extra, of course. Oh - don't even ask about the grilled pineapple - there will be a fight over that! Happy Independence Day, y'all!

Audrey said...

I follow you via Google Reader. (I wasn't clear on whether this was supposed to be a separate comment or not, so feel free to delete if necessary).

Audrey said...

I 'liked' you on Facebook (again, not sure if this was supposed to be a separate comment...).

Haley N said...

my plant strong plan is to make lots of roasted veggies for the pool party we are having :)

Haley N said...

my plant strong plan is to make lots of roasted veggies for the pool party we are having :)

Haley N said...

subscribed by email :)

heather l. said...

my plan is to go out and get all the ingredients for your chocomole!! it sounds amazing and i can't wait to try it.. thank you!
(oh, and #'s 2 & 3: check.)

Megan C said...

How do you get a DVD? I looked on their website and didn't see anything...

Healthy Girl said...

Megan C.-I was one of the "backers" of the film (not as glamorous as it sounds-I think I dontated about $30) and as such received 2 copies of the movie. You could ask them on Facebook how to get a copy right now. I'm sure they would be happy to sell you one!

Caroline Miller said...

My family is going to the "Pignic" at Animal Acres, a farm animal sanctuary near Los Angeles. They are providing soy hot dogs and there will be a vegan bake sale and potluck. I already subscribe to your e-mail newsletter and I "like" HGK on Facebook!

liz said...

I am kicking off the festivities tonight with the best homemade veggie burgers I have ever made - the beet burgers from Color Me Vegan. They are a little unusual and kind of messy but they are DELICIOUS! As for the weekend I am going to do my best to keep the kitchen stocked with fruits, veggies and indulgent plant-strong food (such as your chocomole) to keep us away from the hot dogs and ribs that will be everywhere!

Robin said...

No special plans, just lots of fresh veggies!

I liked you on Facebook!

katshealthcorner said...

This 4th of July, I hope to make a fruit salad for my family to enjoy. :D

katshealthcorner said...

I'm subscribed by email! :D

SarahF said...

I am a subscriber to your blog and "like" Healthy Girl's Kitchen on Facebook. As for plant-strong plans, we just bought all the materials needed to make vegetable sushi rolls over the weekend. We've never done it before, so it will be an adventure.

Leslie said...

I RSS your blog, and have liked it on Facebook! Love your blog!

I'm going to a BBQ Saturday attended by just 1 other vegan. I want to take stuff to share with her (veggie kabobs, toppings for her lentil burgers), but I also need to figure out something special for dessert, and that chocamole just inspired me!! It's perfect! The best part is the host is lactose-intolerant, so it'll be perfect for her! Yay!

Elisa said...

I'm going to a plant strong picnic with like-minded NE Ohioans @ South Chagrin reservation... Complete with Barbecued Seitan Ribz (Recipe from fatfreevegan.com)!

DeanaD said...

We're having friends over for an informal cookout and I'm planning on making some yummy, plant-strong dishes including your chocomole recipe with fresh fruit. :)

debbie said...

We are going to a friend's BBQ and I plan on bringing some vegan yum-yums for the other guests to try. I won't even tell them that they are vegan until later in the day ;)

Bonnie said...

We are having my sister-in-law and brother-in-law for a plant strong supper on the Fourth. My brother-in-law is intrigued; my sister-in-law maybe not so much. It's a special treat to have them for supper, because my sister-in-law cared for my wonderful mother-in-law the last eight years of her life, and for the past couple years she was mostly only able to get out when one of us was able to take over for her. She died at age 93 beloved and full of years a few weeks ago at sunrise on a Sunday morning.

chickpeafreak said...

We are having a mega-salad bar with friends! And think I *may* just have to make this chocomole too, to round out the dinner! [friend on FB, twitter, AND get your emails too...never too much healthy girl!] Happy holiday weekend!

Ashley said...

going to the beach with friends and the boyfriend! can't wait :)

Ashley said...

I'm a subscriber!

Ashley said...

I like you on fb

Amy said...

July 4th bbq with Grilled veggies and corn on the cob! yummy!

chickpeafreak said...

Wendy—I made this Chocomole to bring over to friends' who were hosting our "salad bar" dinner yesterday. It was PHENOMENAL! To say we licked the bowl clean is an understatement. Delighted we kept a little aside for tonight. Wicked easy recipe, and outstanding. Thank you, thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I get your blog post via email and like you on fb. I am going to indulge this weekend and have a baked potato loaded with onions and BBQ sauce! Also, add grilled veggies and forego the steak.

Kathie said...

We had a family picnic at the beach. We made burritos. I brought wraps, cheese, black beans, brown rice, chicken strips, cilantro, lettuce, tomatos, salsa and salsa verde. I had containers with all the ingredients so people could make their own. I used foil to wrap the burritos so no one would have trouble with the drips as we had no silverware.
It was a great way to have a healthy picnic and all ages loved them.

Linda L said...

I'm new to plant-strong and loved your comments at Ellen's 21-Day Challenge at Whole Foods. We had some people over for a cookout; I stayed plant-strong with Luna 'burgers' (beet burgers) on whole wheat, a yummy fruit salad of melon and berries, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers in balsamic with lots of cracked black pepper, and a wonderful organic greens salad with walnuts and apples. Dessert was peach crisp with organic oats and maple spelt crunch on top. I liked you on FB and following on Twitter. Thanks for your great recipes!

Annette McDonald said...

After I finish restocking my own pantry, I plan on making my family a three bean salad. Happy 4th!

Jennifer said...

I don't have any 4th of July plans, but I will be eating a chickpea burger and a big yummy salad tonight!
And I subscribe via RSS.

michelle said...

Oops - didn't realize you didn't know that I am a follower of yours on Facebook also - (Michelle Mace Rowe) and email. You're one of the best bloggers out there for followers of Eat to Live - you walk the walk - thanks!!

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