Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Countdown & A Chocolate Recipe! Woot!

It's almost Christmas! Around my house, we're looking forward to Christmas Eve - our annual poker fest. Bill and the kids play Texas Hold'em until the wee hours, while I finish the final Christmas day food prep. It's also their day to sneak in all the junk food I don't allow throughout the year, LOL. My "where'd that come from" questions are met with falsely innocent faces. Uh-huh. Right. This year I have a feeling the house will be full - with all the kids friends/boyfriends, we'll definitely be packed. It's going to be a blast.

This morning started late. I actually slept in! Crazy, I know! Lol. As I worked this morning, I had a bit of company...

Winnie decided to snuggle while I worked on food plans and sucked down coffee. Nakki, however, decided we were nuts to be outside (it was awesome! clear blue skies!) and she was curled up on the couch inside. LOL.

I packed up my cooler and dashed out the door... got to work and discovered I had forgotten breakfast!! What???? Oy! Thank goodness for my stash! I had a packet of plain oatmeal and a single serving of almond butter but I must have used my emergency packet of protein powder (drat!). So I'm protein low this morning, but if that's as bad as it gets, I'm solid. After work, I have Tab's class. I am sooooo sore from Monday's class! OMG! My consolation is that so is she, haha! Today's class is 15 minutes of Abs, followed by 45 minutes of Muscle - woot! Then Saturday (yep, Christmas Eve!) is another Total Body Conditioning class. Awesome way to start the holiday!

Speaking of holiday... how about a fantabulous holiday treat that won't break you?! Woot!

Chocolate Mousse Pie
The original recipe was by Silvana, tweaked by Elana ( and further tweaked by yours truly ;-)
gluten-free chocolate fudge mousse pie recipe
Shown with crust - mine is without a crust - trust me, it doesn't need it. It's all about the chocolate!

If you love dark chocolate - you absolutely MUST try this! It's super easy to put together, and it is incredible!! This is soooo unbelievably good! When I made it, I nearly stopped before folding in the egg whites because the fudgey mixture was beyond words... I'm glad though, that I finished, because the mousse pie is a gift from the gods! It's that good! Though, next time, I might make a batch of just the fudgey part along with the pie :-)

Recipe Makes 16 servings (see nutrition data below)

1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips 73% cacao
6 eggs, separated
1 tablespoon agave nectar
¼ teaspoon sea salt

• In a small pot, melt chocolate over very low heat; remove from heat
• In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks with agave for 1 minute with a hand blender
• In a large bowl, beat egg whites with a handheld blender until stiff peaks form
• Stir egg yolk mixture into pot of warm chocolate
• Mix chocolate and yolks until combined; mixture will be slightly thickened, shiny and beautiful
• Stir salt into chocolate mixture
• Fold egg whites into chocolate mixture
• Refrigerate for 3 hours
• Serve

Click here to view all the nutritional information.

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