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Homemade Marshmallows

With kids at home and the warm weather we’ve had in Ohio the last few weekends, it certainly feels like summer is here. We spent the day yesterday being outside. Hubby doing yard work and me playing with the kids. I did help clean up our outdoor furniture a bit, so I have somewhere to sit until we can budget for a new outdoor dining set. 🙂

We had some brush we needed to trim back in our yard and we attempted to burn it, well it didn’t work out so well, but we got enough of a fire going to have some S’mores! We also love these on apples. Just bake some apples with cinnamon and a little butter until tender, then put these on top for a healthy dessert. They were also a treat in my latte this morning.

I hope you all are staying home and staying healthy. Hopefully the warm weather sticks around and we can just have a really long summer with extra snuggle time, while we pray for those that are on the front lines.

Dr. Hartzler

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Homemade Marshmallows
Looking for a way to make S'mores or have some tasty marshmallows without corn syrup or refined sugar. Here is a great recipe. It was originally posted on a website called TGIpaleo.com but that site is no longer up. So I am posting here so everyone can still enjoy.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Paleo (Whole30)
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Paleo (Whole30)
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pull out your stand mixer. I only use mine a few times per year but this is one of my recipes that it's super helpful! If that’s not an option, get a partner who is willing to hold an electric mixer while you pour the boiling honey into the gelatin. (Dustin has done this before when we've made this at his parents for our thanksgiving baked apples!)
  2. Place the gelatin in the bottom of a large mixing bowl. Pour 1/2 c water on top and whisk (with mixer) to combine, then set aside. Pour the honey and remaining 1/2 c water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring to make sure it doesn’t burn or boil over.
  3. Turn on your mixer to medium-high in the bowl with the gelatin. SLOWLY pour a steady stream of hot honey, making sure the stream of liquid hits the side of the bowl first so it doesn’t curdle the gelatin. Keep pouring slowly until all everything is combined. Then leave the mixer on for 15 minutes. Yes 15 whole minutes. Add the vanilla about 2 minutes before it’s done.
  4. Grease a 9×13 inch pan with coconut oil or any other healthy oil. When the marshmallow cream is whipped to perfection, spread it into the pan. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Then cut into squares and use for all your marshmallow-y needs. Note: they still work great in S'mores if you do the aluminum foil packets and place by the fire, otherwise roasting them they will melt quickly so just be cautious and be ready with those graham crackers!
Recipe Notes

A couple options for grass-fed gelatin sources (thanks in advance for using my affiliate links!) 

Great Lakes Gelatin

Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin

For Graham Crackers,Pamela's Gluten Free have been the best we've tried. You can get them on Amazon or Thrive Market.

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Cincinnati-Style Chili

Growing up in the Cincinnati area meant I had my fair share of coneys and 3-ways.  Cincinnati-Style Chili dates back to the 1920’s  when an immigrant from Macedonia started serving it in his Greek restaurant. It is a Mediterranean spiced meat sauce that definitely isn’t your typical chili. For the full history, check out this page.  Most of my life, my hometown, about 20 minutes west of Cincinnati, had a Skyline chili.  GoldStar came to compete several years later, and I think in the early days there was even an independent chili restaurant too.  We spent lots of Friday nights at Skyline after football or basketball games. We also held fundraisers there for various sports and cheerleading. It was pretty much a staple in our diet.

I’m not sure why but for some reason they always served oyster crackers alongside all the other carbs too, which as a kid was a great snack while you awaited your meal. Fast forward to now, times have changed a bit for us and our diet, but when I think of comfort food, this is it for me. The best part about this meat sauce is I can still enjoy the comfort of childhood without the high carbs by serving it over Spaghetti Squash topped with cheddar cheese. And just for the experience, I gave the kids some Simple Mills Crackers on the side. A little bit to my surprise, my kids love this dish too. My daughter said it tastes better than cake! This week I’m making it for a potato bar at the Victory Project, which should be yummy too!

To all my fellow Cincinnatians or those ready to try a new dish.. enjoy! It’s perfect to try for any Super Bowl festivity.

Dr. Hartzler


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Cincinnati-Style Chili

For a taste of what everyone in Cincinnati is eating, check out this recipe. It's easy to make-ahead and warm up during the week on top of squash or any veggie. If low carb isn't needed try it over gluten free pasta or potatoes.

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Low-carb

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours

Servings


Ingredients

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Low-carb

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours

Servings


Ingredients


Instructions
  1. Place the ground beef in a large pan, cover with about 1 quart of cold water, and bring to a boil, stirring and breaking up the beef with a fork to a fine texture. Slowly boil until the meat is thoroughly cooked, about 30 minutes, then remove from heat and refrigerate in the pan overnight.

  2. The next day, skim the solid fat from the top of the pan, and discard the fat. Place the beef mixture over medium heat, and stir in tomato sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, chocolate, chili powder, salt, cumin, cinnamon, ground, cloves, allspice, crushed red pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1.5 hours. Add water if necessary to prevent the chili from burning. Remove Bay leaf before serving. Best if refrigerated overnight.

  3. One hour prior to eating, heat oven to 400 F. Slice squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Place squash cut side down on baking sheet and roast until tender, 45-50 minutes. Use a fork to scrape out “spaghetti.” I generally add a bit of water to the pan.

  4. Lastly to make a true "3-way" top with cheddar cheese, we like white cheddar, but any cheddar will do. For dairy free try topping with onions or beans, or add those to your cheese for a 4-way or 5-way!


Recipe Notes
  1. If you don't have time to cook the meat overnight, you can still boil the meat and drain it, or you can just sauté in a pain and rinse afterward. The boiling process gets the meat a bit finer than cooking in a pan.
  2. Slow Cooker- Cook the meat in advance with one of the options above, then mix all the other ingredients in the crockpot, then add the meat and stir well.  I put it on low for 3-4 hours then turn it down to keep warm until ready to serve! (Remove bay leaf prior to serving & make sure to stir again so the chocolate gets mixed in after it melts!) I doubled the recipe to fill a crockpot.
  3. Thrive Market Tomato Sauce link. , if you aren't saving money using Thrive Market now, you should be. Use this link for a 30 day free trial.


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