How We Said “I LOVE YOU” using Raw Cocao Chocolate Truffles

As we continue to learn more about Raw Food, Cristina likes to remind us Raw food doesn’t need to be just vegetables and fruit. Have fun with it and find replacements for the exact type of food you might be looking to replace the most – SWEETS! Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and a variety of other holidays can often be challenging when trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle. The temptations and treats are at a high and it can be hard to pass up all of those treats that co-workers bring into the office or the kids bring home from school. What we’ve learned can help the most is to have an alternative on hand. And while keeping sweets should be kept to a minimum, chocolates like the ones we are highlighting below can help give you and your family a healthy alternative to use in moderation and when those strongest temptations are knocking on the door. In fact, we’ve found that when keeping snacks and treats like the ones below are available our kids are very willing to give up the processed packaged type we most want them to avoid! Here is a great recipe to try and some fun new ingredients you can easily find and keep on stock at home!

Health and Blessings, Elaine

Raw food doesn’t need to be just vegetables, you can have fun with it. Raw Foods are LIVING FOODS! A raw foods diet is made up of fresh, whole, living, plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state full of enzymes, nutrients, antioxidants and minerals. Eating raw foods allows your body to cleanse, release buried toxins and drop stubborn weight. This all pays a powerful role in allowing nature’s healing properties to take charge. A raw food diet will detox the body as well as the mind in turn free use from harmful habits by allowing us to set up new and positive behaviors.  Here are some notes on two of the ingredients used in this recipe.

Raw Cacao – Raw Cacao is answer for the natural sweet tooth. Cacao is packed full of iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Raw means it is in its unprocessed state filled with beneficial nutrients.   Cacao is the highest whole food source of magnesium, which also happens to be the most deficient mineral in the diet of modern cultures. Magnesium relaxes muscles, improves bowel movements and relaxes the heart. The dark chocolate antioxidants have been clinically proven to dissolve plaque built up in the arteries.

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Raw Agave – Comparing agave nectar and sugar, Raw Agave is much lower on the glycemic index, which measures how much sugar in a food or drink interact with blood sugar in the body.  Raw Agave is also known boosting the immune system and help increase energy levels.

 Miniature Raw Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Truffle Mix:

4 Tablespoons soft Coconut Butter/Manna

2 Tablespoons pure Raw Agave

4 Tablespoons fine Coconut Flour

2 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder

1 ½ Tablespoons of Crushed Pecans (you crush whole pecans or any nut with a mortar)

1/8 Teaspoon vanilla

Pinch of Sea salt

  1. In a glass bowl mix coconut butter, agave, vanilla, and salt. Stir mixture well.
  2. Fold in cacao powder, coconut flour and crushed pecans with your hands.
  3. Form in to small dime size round balls and set aside.

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Liquid Raw Chocolate Dip:

4 Tablespoons Pure Raw Agave Nectar

1 cup Cacao Butter

7 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder

¼ Cup of Crushed Cacoa Nibs

Pinch of White Sea Salt

  1. Crush Cacao butter with mortar and place in a Bain Maire or double boiler on the stove on low heat until cacao butter becomes liquid.
  2. Stir in cacao powder, agave nectar and salt and continue to stir.
  3. Remove the stove and place truffle balls in liquid chocolate.
  4. Quickly and delicately turn the balls in the liquid until surface is coated evenly.
  5. Have a clean plate ready. Place coated truffle in cacao nibs and set on clean plate.
  6. Continue until each ball is coated in chocolate dip and cacao nibs. To set: place truffles in fridge for ten minutes.

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OH  – and with the leftover chocolate, cut up some of your favorite fruit, dip in the chocolate, and freeze!!

“When you eat clean, it calms your stomach. When you calm your stomach, you quiet your mind, and when you have a quiet mind, you can listen to your heart – and your heart speaks the TRUTH.” -Cristina

Benefits of Bone Broth and Momma B’s Mushroom & Parsley Chicken Dinner

As we’ve mentioned before our journey into farming started with the story of our daughter Bernadette and the discovery of the wonderful healing ability with a well-made (and tasting) Bone Broth can make.1P3A8805

It truly is the cornerstone of so much of what we do here at the farm. Staring with the animals we raise to how we feed them, making our broth year round is a huge part of what we do for our own family and our customers.  And while we definitely advocate drinking it straight on a regular and daily basis (try it instead of coffee), it is also a key component in the recipes we make here at the farm. One of our favorite winter traditions and specialties are our Fields of Athenry pre-made meals.

FARM-TO-TABLE MEALS

These are true Farm-to-Table meals made in our kitchen using our meats and our broths as a base. While we do stock quite a few meals year round, typically in these winter months we add to our mix so our customers have even more selection for an easy comforting meal any night of the week. From our Chilis, Stews and Ragus, to our Shepherds Pie and Turkey Pot Pie we can barely keep these healthy and gluten-free meals in stock during the 3 days we are open each week.

Below, we will share with you a simple chicken dish you can make with our broths as a base. While this is not a dish we currently stock in our store, it’s a favorite go-to on our family table. It comes together quickly and with basic ingredients that pack a flavor punch it’s one we think you can easily add to your weekly meal plans.

But before we get to that, we thought it important, with the whole “Bone Broth Diet” with being the rave right now, to note the differences in broths and the benefits of what they can do.

NOT ALL BROTHS ARE CREATED EQUAL

Our Bernadette’s and Mom’s Liquid Gold Bone Broths are simmered or “rolled” for 24-48 hours. The long cooking times make this a much denser richer soup full of nutrients. Our beef and lamb are all pastured-raised and grass fed – there is no “corn finishing” here. Our chickens are also pastured raised and eat straight from the land as well. The supplemental feed they receive is a non-GMO, no-corn, no-soy feed making these meats truly outstanding for the healthiest broths. We also are unique to many bone broths with our addition of organ meats – this gives both our Bernadette’s Broth and Liquid Gold superior nutrient value. Whether you are looking to stay continually healthy, have aches and pains in your joints, or nursing the common cold, this is just the broth your mama ordered and not the kind sold in box or can in your local grocery store.

Now for those of you looking to heal a leaky gut or other intestinal issues this “bone

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broth” may be too rich for you. You may instead want to try our GAPS Approved “meat stock”.  Meats stocks are simmered and rolled for a much shorter time, 3 hours for chicken and 6-8 hours for beef, with just a hand full of peppercorns and a focus on meatier bones versus organ meats. We also specialize in a meat stock for babies and young children using barely any seasoning, just a sprinkle of salt. Check out this article from our good friend Monica Corrado on the difference between Bone Broth and Meat Stock for even more explanation.

Overall, both broths and stocks have many benefits. Here is a round-up of the top reasons we make broth a year-round staple in our home and shop:

  1. Heal and seal your gut. The gelatin in the bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) helps seal up holes in intestines. This can help cure chronic stomach issues and even some food intolerances.
  2. Protect your joints. The chondroitin sulfatein bone broth has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.
  3. Look younger.Bone broth is a rich source of collagen. It can help make your skin, hair, and nails look just as radiant as it did in your younger years.
  4. Sleep better, and better memory. The glycine in bone broth has been shown in several studies to help people sleep better and improve memory.
  5. Immune support. With a high concentration of minerals it’s said that bone marrow can help strengthen your immune system. A Harvard study even showed that some people with auto-immune disorders experienced a relief of symptoms when drinking bone broth, some even achieving a complete remission.
  6. Stronger bones. The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones seeps out into the broth leaving you with the essential building blocks for healthy bones.
  7. More energy. This superfood is so packed full of nutrients it also gives you a boost in energy!
  8. It’s very economical! Use can use everything to put a batch together! Use leftover chicken carcasses, soup bones, and veggies going bad in your fridge!

USE HIGH QUALITY INGREDIENTS TO MAKE A NUTRIENT DENSE MEAL

To gain maximum nutrition and benefit from your meals it’s best to start with high quality products and then use the addition of other quality and nutritious ingredients to make simple yet nutritious high quality meals. Think about it, what makes our broths and stocks so superior is the quality of the product from our own livestock. Below, we highlight one of our family go-to meals. This comes together quickly and while it does use fresh produce and herbs they are basics you will likely have on hand and can find year round in any grocery store.

It’ s important to note that the mix of mushrooms and parsley are done so for a few key health benefits, especially in the winter months.  Mushrooms are great for increasing vitamin D levels and improved immune system function. For our version we picked up an organic mushroom blend of baby bella, stiitake and oyster from the local grocery store.  Parsley is an often over-looked herb. Thought of mostly as a garnish fresh parsley is one of a few available year round and an excellent of vitamin K and vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A, folate, and iron. With it’s immune boosting properties and anti-oxidant properties it’s a great flavor AND health addition to this meal.

Momma B’s Mushroom Parsley Chicken Dinner

Serves: 2-4  Total Time: 45

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken Breasts cut in half = 4 Pieces
  • 1/2 cup FOA Liquid Gold chicken broth
  • ½ – 1 cup of your Favorite Mushroom Blend
  • Chopped Parsley to generously cover
  • FOA Premier Pink Salt and Pepper

Steps:

Preheat oven for 350 degrees. Lay the boneless/skinless chicken breasts in 8×8 baking dish. Ladle the chicken stock over the boneless breast. broth on chicken

Cover the breast in mushrooms and add season with Pepper and Pink Salt to taste. Smother in chopped parsley. Chicken Mushroom Parsley ready for oven

Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes or until finished to your liking. When serving be sure to ladle the juices from the bottom over the parsley and mushroomed covered chicken.

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A quick, delicious, & pretty dish.

Serves well with Salad, Mashed Potatoes, and Asparagus. If you can tolerate dairy, a sprinkle of Romano cheese adds a lovely finish.

Health and Blessings,

The FOA Team

Summer Broth Pasta – just say no to the microwave!

As the experts say: Never heat a baby’s milk in a microwave! Well why then, would we heat any of our food in one?

We do not recommend using microwave ovens to heat your food, especially My Bone Broth. The microwave oven causes hot spots within the food that also destroys enzymes, kill’s the nutrients you just paid good money for, giving you nothing of value. When the enzymes are destroyed it makes your food lifeless and more difficult to digest. See more from Dr. Mercola on this subject: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/18/microwave-hazards.aspx#!

We suggest you simply warm in a pan and sip away like a cup of tea or coffee! And of course, ENJOY!

Another favorite simple recipe in our household is to use broth in a simple, fresh pasta dish. We especially like this in the summer when fresh herbs and vegetables are in abundance. Check out the steps below, whip some up and tell us what you used to make a lovely round dish.

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  1. Begin to cook the pasta according to the box directions. – My favorite is Bonta’ d’ Italia gluten-free pasta!
  2. Warm our Bernadette’s or Liquid Gold Chicken Broth in pan. At this point you may want to add boneless cubed chicken (if uncooked let simmer for at least 20 to 30 minutes to cook through ), or cubed pre-cooked beef.
  3. Add fresh diced veggies of choice. We are fans of zucchini and yellow squash. Simmer veggies to consistency of products how you like (less simmer time for crunchy veggies, or longer for soft veggies).
  4. Pour broth, meat and veggies over pasta.
  5. If you like cheese, grate some of our favorite Romano over the top and then with kitchen scissors cut fresh parsley to top off. YUM YUM YUM

This really is my favorite Summer Time dish to get Bone Broth into my girls in the heat of the summer!

FOA Takes NYC

Glad to be back on here! It’s been a crazy transition from 2014-2015! More about that later. In the moment, here and now, I am in New York City with my daughter and co-owner of Fields of Athenry Farm, MaryTeresa Boland. What, you might ask, are we doing in New York City? So there’s this organization of amazing women called Women Chefs and Restauranteurs, WCR! Each year, WCR holds a conference and a “Women Who Inspire” awards gala to celebrate the efforts of all the outstanding women who have been recognized by their peers as exceptional leaders in their field. I am honored and humbled to have been nominated for the “Golden Plow” award.

This morning we started our day off in gratitude and celebrated mass in Saint Patricks Cathedral.

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We then came back and enjoyed delicious breakfast bites from various NY women chefs,

Katarzyna Ploszaj, Petite Oven, NY

Shannon Collins, Grace Café, NY

Erica Kulaga, Agatha Kulaga, Ovenly, NY

Katherine Thompson, Lartusi, NY

Keynote with Lidia Bastianich award-winning chef, restauranteur, TV host, educator, business partner with B&B Hospitality Group and one of the original founders of WCR, was inspirational to say the least. We are looking forward to visiting her Eataly and butcher shop here in NYC.

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Lydia was followed by a great panel including;

Susan Ungaro, President of James Beard Foundation

Dana Cowin, Editor Food & Wine

Kat Kinsman, Editor-In-Chief The Tasting Table

Melissa Clark, Journalist, New York Times

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The message shared of finding power in female solidarity has been inspirational. We will keep you updated as our eventful conference unfolds. It is a joy and a privilege to be here as we continue to learn.

A Blogging Farm

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As we continue to grow here at Fields of Athenry we wanted to be able to share this experience with you all more. We consider all of you friends, and we really mean that! Your love and support is what keeps us rolling and keeps the farm up and running.  Without you we wouldn’t exist or have half as much fun existing!

 

For us, this Blog is a way to give everyone a more in-depth look into who we are, what we do, why we do it, the fun we have, and the lessons we learn.  Our hope is that you enjoy this blog, learn from it, share it, and interact with it!  We will be sharing farm stories, events, recipes, day-to-day fun, nutritional lessons, and much more!

 

We’re headed on a Blogging Adventure and it’s going to be a good one! So here we go friends.. Fields of Athenry is officially a “Blogging Farm.”

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Photos by: Heartfelt Moments by Jean

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