Chocolate Coconut Tart That’ll Make You Addicted To It

This tart is a classic chocolate ganache tart. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and vegan. But don’t be turned off, as everything about it is delicious. Starting with a coconut almond crust that’s crunchy and good. Over the years, I’ve experimented with coconut flour in the crust and it adds a great texture to it and of course a bit more coconut flavor. So that’s the version that is below. If you don’t want or have coconut flour, feel free to substitute with almond meal/flour.

The filling is pure chocolate ganache and a good quality chocolate is necessary to make the filling great. I love using Ghirardelli 60% Bittersweet Chocolate Bars for this. Sometimes I do mix it with Semi-sweet chocolate too. Either way, it is a rich chocolate filling made creamy with coconut milk.

 

INGREDIENTS

For the crust:

  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1¼ cups almond meal/flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour (if you do not have coconut flour substitute with ¼ cup almond meal)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup

For filling:

  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (I like using 8 ounces bittersweet and 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For topping:
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted
  • ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • ¼ cup pistachios (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • Coarse sea salt (optional)

DIRECTIONS

To make Tart Crust:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the coconut flakes, almond meal and salt. Pulse to combine. In a small container, melt the coconut oil and maple syrup together. Pour into the food processor and pulse until well mixed.

Press the crust into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch tart pan. Use the flat bottom of a cup to press hard.
Bake crust in heated oven for 10-12 minutes until golden and firm. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

To make Filling:

In a medium mixing bowl, place the chopped chocolate and set aside. In a small saucepan, bring the coconut milk to boil gently. Pour the milk over the chopped chocolate and let stand for 2 minutes before stirring until smooth and creamy. Whisk in the vanilla extract. Pour the chocolate ganache into the cooled tart shell. Chill until set, at least two hours. Top with toasted coconut flakes, almonds, pistachios, coarse salt and fresh raspberries.

CRAB IMPERIAL APPETIZER THAT’S TO DIE FOR

Crab Imperial Appetizer is an elegant appetizer, and tastes like it came from a lovely fancy restaurant. They’re perfect for a special occasion like New Year’s Eve, for any holiday entertaining, or for a football party!

For the crab meat, I used canned refrigerated lump crab meat from the grocery store. Of course, fresh would be delicious, and the next time I have some fresh crab meat, I intend on making this Crab Imperial Appetizer again.

I wasn’t able to find Brioche at my grocery store, so I used Sheepherder Bread, as it’s a nice soft white bread. Any good quality white bread will work. Just cut the crusts off and you’re good to go.

 

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup brioche bread, diced into 1-inch cubes
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 8 oz. crab meat
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
  • 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay or Cape Cod seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons red bell pepper, diced small
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chives, sliced
  • 12 pre-baked puff pastry shells

Instructions

Follow the instructions on your puff pastry cups and prebake, about 18-20 minutes. Preheat your oven to 300° F. (If you just prebaked your puff pastry shells, you’ll be bringing your oven temperature down to 300° F, as they will be prebaking at a higher temperature.)

In a small bowl, combine the bread cubes and Heavy Cream. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes at room temperature. Add hot sauce and mix thoroughly.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients including the brioche bread mixture. Make sure to check the crab meat for bits of shell or cartilage.

Mound the crab mixture into the prebaked puff pastry cups on a baking sheet. Cook for 5-10 minutes to warm the filling. Garnish with additional chopped chives or parsley if desired. Serve immediately.

TOP OILS THAT ARE SUPER HEALTHY FOR YOU

Forget everything you were taught about oils. There, I said it. Why? When we were taught to avoid saturated fats and increase consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega 6 fatty acids), we experienced widespread declining health, as omega 6 fats are inflammatory.

We use oils more often than we might realize, to cook, to add to recipes, and to pour on our food, so it’s pretty important that these staples are high quality and not harmful to our health! These oils are the ones you should go for:

OLIVE OIL

Benefits: High in monounsaturated fats, olive oil is anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants, which fight against free radical damage. Olive oil is also known to be a heart-healthy food, as it is high in antioxidants. Olive oil has digestive health benefits, as well as cognitive and bone health benefits. Caution, not all olive oils are created equal.

 

COCONUT OIL

Ah, coconut oil. The oil that has been all the craze lately, and for good reason. Here are just a few benefits of coconut oil.
Benefits: From a nutritional standpoint, coconut oil contains about 50% lauric acid. This means it is effective against a variety of pathogens including bacteria and viruses. It also contains medium-chain fatty acids, making it great for being stored by the body as energy, rather than fat.

 

AVOCADO OIL

Benefits: Avocado Oil, which is high in monounsaturated oleic acids (healthful fats), has been known to lower blood pressure, improve heart health, and increase absorption of nutrients (specifically antioxidants) in food. To make sure your avocado oil is the highest quality, opt for:

  1. Organic
  2. Extra-Virgin
  3. Cold-Pressed
  4. Unrefined

How to Use It: It also can be used externally for skin and hair. Avocado oil is a great option for cooking because it can withstand high temperatures without losing any of its nutrients. This avocado oil is one of my favorites because of its taste!

 

 

How To Get Better Skin & Hair Overnight

You could be doing so many things in those eight hours of sleep I hope you’re getting every night, so why not multitask? Make your products work overtime so you can wake up with better skin and hair just from sleeping. By incorporating a few expert-approved tips into your evening beauty routine, you’ll wake up feeling refreshed.

 

A Microfine Thermal Spring Water Mist Helps Pores Lock In Moisture

I recommend delivering water right back to the skin after cleansing it by spraying it with a microfine mist. This particular spring water spray formula is clinically proven to soften and soothe irritated skin. A mist of this all over, right after washing your face and before applying your moisturizer, will help boost hydration for happier looking skin.

 

Prepare Your Hair Before Bed, Then Just Add Volume

Waking up with flat hair is a pain, so prep your hair before you go to bed. I sleep with two loose buns, then apply Osis Dust It for added volume when I need it. This light control mattefying powder makes your hair look refreshed and voluminous, so you can spend less time showering and more time sleeping.

 

Avocado and Almond Help Heal Your Nails While You Sleep

Nail artist and expert Holly Falcone told Good Housekeeping that she likes to use a mix of almond and avocado oils to keep her cuticles and nails hydrated while she gets some rest. The OPI Avoplex cream has both of her favorite ingredients, so your nails feel less brittle in the morning and hands are more moisturized. It’s important to remember to care for your fingers at night, as the skin on the back of your hands is especially thin and susceptible to sun damage.

 

A Gentle Pumpkin Peel Gives You Radiant-Looking Skin By Morning

It’s good to do a light peel before bed, followed by a moisturizer and good night’s sleep. This one’s a great fit for your evening routine because it’s formulated with 12% glycolic acid, which gently sloughs away the dead skin cells that dull skin’s natural brightness in the morning. With vitamins E and C, in addition to moisturizing neem oil and rejuvenating rosemary, your face will look and feel refreshed come morning.

Dental care, with your smile the perfection it deserves!

Broadly smile to the world

Having perfect teeth and being able to smile to the world totally confident that the world will smile back has no price. Having great dental health goes even beyond the fact itself, it is important so we can have great health in other areas too, which have to do with the ability we have to ingest our food without any problem for example. There are some professionals that have dedicated their lives and tome to be able to provide you with the best of the results after some dental treatment or procedure.

 

It is not just a beautiful smile…

There is a tendency to think from some people that the way something looks is enough to know anything else from it. A beautiful smile not necessarily represents how healthy it is and how well the rest of the parts of the body that depend on our teeth are working. There are great professionals that have developed great tools and elements to maintain not just the looks of our teeth, but also their health. In the United States of America, Napa Dentist have worked hard to develop a reputation that is the result of the work in their patients. From simple cosmetic procedures, to much more elaborated surgeries like extractions and other treatments, the doctors in Napa Valley account with the expertise enough to cope with any situation the patients may bring them.

 

Our professionals can help!

Napa dentist have proved to have the top quality level that the clients are looking for. In Napa, the professionals in the area of teeth are very well trained like to make any one with a problem in their teeth the happiest of the people according to her results. Try out the best of the knowledge in the area of medicine/dentistry, after putting yourself in their plans, then, at the end, what will be evident is that it could have been worst, but were lucky enough.

The Best Pumpkin Slab Pie You Should Learn to Bake

Well, I’m thrilled that with today’s post.  Why? you may be wondering, because this post is perfect for those who love baking and pumpkins! I have a little something to share with you in honor of this holiday a little Pumpkin Slab Pie to treat yourself before going trick or treating!

A slab pie is simply a shallow pie made in a rimmed baking sheet or jelly roll pan. It’s got all the deliciousness of its traditionally-made counterpart, only thinner and wider. And can be cut in rectangles or squares or funky-angled.

to make this bad boy you won’t need anything expensive. It’s actually really cheap and easy to make. Which, not many recipes are easy and cheap to make. Some of them can be a lot of work and money. Now let’s begin:

 

Ingredients

  • prepared crust for a 2-crust pie
  • 1 (15 oz.) can 100% pure pumpkin
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 3/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 c. evaporated milk
  • whipped cream & pumpkin pie spice for garnish {optional}

 

Directions

Line a 15×10″ rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Fit both crusts into the bottom and up the sides of the baking pan, cutting pieces and fitting together as needed. Press together seams well with your fingers. Fit a piece of aluminum foil on top of the crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and remove foil.

In a mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Add eggs and beat with a whisk or fork until well combined. Add evaporated milk; stir until just combined.
Place baking pan with crust on oven rack. Carefully pour in pumpkin filling.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Cover and chill. Store in the refrigerator. At serving time, garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice, if desired.

The Most Sinfully Delicious Baked Honey-Marinated Cod

Today I’m sharing with you THE best recipe. When I first started experimenting with a healthier lifestyle, I’ve got to admit, I had NO idea what I was doing. I’d try to get myself really excited about that super boring salad sitting in the fridge. Obviously I was struggling with this healthy lifestyle thing. And it wasn’t too long before I started to doubt my ability to become healthier.

I’m still not much of a salad eater, but the key to maintaining a healthier lifestyle has been experimenting with flavor combinations, trying new foods, and finding what works for my taste buds. Like this cod, marinated in a bunch of deliciousness. I think Cod is actually a great fish for novice cooks to experiment with because of its naturally high oil content. Now, enough chit-chat and let’s start with the recipe! First things first, the ingredients:

 

Ingredients

  • 4, 6-oz black cod fillets
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup toasted sesame seed oil
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1½ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped ginger

 

Instructions

Once you have all ingredients ready it’s time to prepare this bad boy. Combine all ingredients (except for fish) in a medium-sized airtight mixing bowl. Add cod and marinate for 24 hours. If possible, flip half way through marinade time to allow even flavor distribution.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F; prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove cod from marinade and bake on the center rack for 7-9 minutes, until cod is opaque and flakes easily.
Once you are done you can now enjoy this amazingness with your friends and family. The first few times I made this it didn’t taste so great. But after much trial and error I’ve managed to make this beauty and not only look amazing but also taste amazing! Everyone who tried my

How To Effectively Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

Rubbing Alcohol

You Will Need: 90% rubbing alcohol, a spray bottle. Now that you have everything, first pour the alcohol into the bottle. Spray this in the areas where bed bug infestation is likely. Do this daily till all the bed bugs desiccate and die. This super effective remedy will make the bed bugs dry up, curl, and die.

 

Scented Dryer Sheets

Another easy method to keep bed bugs at bay is to put scented dryer sheets in between the mattress and bed linens, inside pillow cases, and also on the box spring. The fragrance of these sheets is repulsive to bed bugs and will keep them away from your bed. You can place these sheets under the carpets and under the cushions on the couch to repel the bed bugs from the living area in your house.

 

Disposal Of Infested Furnishings

When the infestation has become too much to deal with, it is advisable to dispose of the infested furnishings. Seal them tightly in a plastic bag and throw them away. Be careful that the bags do not have any openings from where the bugs can escape.

 

Sealing Cracks And Crevices

Bed bugs love to hide in small nooks and cracks that they can find in baseboards, bed frames, shelves, and even on walls. Seal all these cracks and crevices with the help of plaster or caulk properly. This will ensure that no bed bugs remain alive anywhere in the house.

 

Clean And Disinfect

Another effective method to get rid of bed bugs would be to reduce the clutter around the house. This will reduce the hiding and breeding grounds for these bugs. Remove any unnecessary items that may be lying around. Dispose them or keep them in clean storage units until you get have gotten rid of the bed bugs completely.

 

Essential Oils

What You Need

  • A few drops of essential oil
  • A bottle of water
  • A spray bottle
  • What You Have To Do

Add the essential oil to the water in the spray bottle and spray on mattresses, bed frames, shelves, and any place where you think bed bugs can be present.
There are many essential oils that you can use. You can also mix two or three oils together for added benefits. The best essential oils to get rid of bed bugs are tea tree oil, cedar oil, orange oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, and eucalyptus oil.