Healthy Chocolate Turtles Recipe Made With Just 3 Ingredients

Healthy Chocolate Turtles Recipe

When I first made this healthy chocolate turtles recipe for my daughters, neither one suspected they were made without caramel!

Now turtle lovers, please don’t be discouraged by the lack of caramel. I promise you plenty of sweet chewy goodness. It’s just that this recipe skips the refined sugars and relies on whole food in it’s place.

So what do you use in place of the caramel? Dates.

If you’ve never compared the flavor of dates to caramel, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much dates really do have a caramel flavor.

Using dates instead of caramel also makes this a super simple project in the kitchen.

I enlisted the help of my girls.

Easy to make healthy chocolate turtles recipe

They were responsible for ripping the dates in half (no knife needed) and stuffing each half with a pecan.

I bought the dates in a huge tub from Costco, and they come already pitted.

I also bought my pecans from Costco. (Nuts are definitely one of the 5 Things To Buy From Costco).

Using dark chocolate for this recipe means less refined sugars. I enjoy a deep, dark 85% chocolate, but if you don’t, try going for the 65% instead.

Healthy Chocolate Turtles

16 ounces dark chocolate
Pitted dates
Pecan halves
Optional: Sea Salt

In a double boiler, melt your dark chocolate. Split the date in half. Stuff date with a pecan half. Cover each turtle with a huge spoonful of dark chocolate. If using, sprinkle with just a grain or two of sea salt.

Allow chocolate to cool and set.

That’s it!

This healthy chocolate turtles recipe is easy enough that even little ones can help. Which is quite useful if you want to make these for a large gathering or to give away at the holidays.

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How to Slow Cook a Whole Chicken and 20 Recipes That Use Cooked Chicken

How to Slow Cook a Whole Chicken

I remember the first time I cooked a whole chicken. I was totally intimidated.

Newly engaged, I decided to take a cooking class through the Parks and Recreation department in our town.

Up to this point, I had only cooked tenders or breasts. I hadn’t even branched out into thighs and drumsticks.

Organic Whole Chicken

A whole chicken just looked so big and complicated.

Not to mention it looks like a chicken! None of that sterile parts on a styrofoam tray stuff.

I quickly learned it is not hard at all. And it’s one of the most economical ways to buy chicken. You pay far less per pound than you do the individual parts.

The main objection most people have is dealing with the insides. While not my favorite part, it’s just a matter of removing them. Quick and easy.

Once they are out, you need to rinse your chicken well and pat it dry. It’s then ready for you to smooth on all the spices.

Chicken ready for basting

This slow cooker recipe really does make cooking a whole chicken easy. All you need is the chicken, a lemon, olive oil and some spices.

You don’t even need to add liquid to the slow cooker!

The meat will turn out fall-off-the-bone tender and juicy every single time with very little effort on your part.

How to Slow Cook a Whole Chicken


  • 4 to 5 pound organic whole roasting chicken
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced


  1. Remove the giblets packet from the chicken cavity.
  2. Rinse and drain chicken, pat dry.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper into cavity of chicken. Cut lemon in half. Squeeze juice into chicken cavity then stuff lemon halves into cavity.
  4. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Rub mixture all over chicken.
  5. Place chicken in 4 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. Chicken is fully cooked when meat thermometer stuck in leg reaches 160 degrees.
  6. Allow to cool. Remove chicken from bones and chop.

When you follow this recipe to slow cook a whole chicken, you will end up with about 4 1/2 cups of moist, juicy and flavorful cooked chicken.

Use your cooked chicken to jump start your meal plan for the week. Having cooked chicken ready to go means you can have a meal on the table in a minimal amount of time!

20 Recipes That Use Cooked Chicken

Chicken Fried Rice
Pumpkin Black Bean Chicken Chili
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken and Guacamole Tostadas
Chicken Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce
Easy Chicken Salad
Skillet White Chicken Chili Dip
Chicken Pot Pie
Green Chile Chicken Casserole
Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup
Pineapple and Basil Chicken Salad
Chef’s Salad
Thai Chicken Soup
Olive Garden Style Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
Easy Homemade Chicken Alfredo Sauce
Cuban Chicken Tacos
Real Food Chicken Soup
Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder

Have a recipe that uses cooked chicken? Leave a link in the comments!

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Sausage, Quinoa and Wild Rice Whole Grain Stuffing

Sausage Quinoa Wild Rice Whole Grain Stuffing

This sausage, quinoa and wild rice whole grain stuffing will be the hit of your Thanksgiving. The sausage ensures you get a moist stuffing every time, and the quinoa and wild rice are suitable for your gluten-free family and guests.

The first time I had a sausage stuffing was at a Friendsgiving our first year of marriage. I remember thinking: Sausage in stuffing is BRILLIANT!

The sausage adds so much flavor. I buy the bulk sausage to save myself the time of removing it from the casings. If you happen to live near a Sprouts Farmers Market, they make the best sausages. Plus, you can buy a chicken sausage instead of pork if you don’t eat pork products.

Using quinoa and wild rice in the place of a bread crumb adds a great texture as well as nutritional value to this whole grain stuffing. You can use it to stuff your turkey, or just bake it in a greased baking dish.

I’ve included a short video to show you exactly how easy it is to whip up this recipe.

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By the way, this recipe can be made ahead! Prepare the recipe up to the point where you transfer the ingredients to a greased baking dish. You can then refrigerate your stuffing, tightly covered, up to two days ahead. Then, bake right before serving, adding 10 minutes to the bake time.

Need a printable version? Here it is:

Sausage, Quinoa and Wild Rice Whole Grain Stuffing


  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Brown the sausage, onion and thyme in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Once brown, stir in the cooked wild rice and cooked quinoa.
  4. Transfer to a greased baking dish.
  5. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Serve hot.

While perfect for Thanksgiving, this dish is also an excellent lunch! Serve with a side salad and some sliced fruit for an out-of-the-ordinary midday meal.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Sweet Potatoes Recipe (Video)

Three simple ingredients are all you need for prosciutto wrapped sweet potatoes.

Oh man are these prosciutto wrapped sweet potatoes good!

If you are looking for something different than marshmallow topped sweet potatoes for the holidays, give these a go!

Not only are they healthier than the classic sweet potato casserole, they are perfect for anyone following Whole 30, eating Paleo or sugar detoxing.

If you want to make these for a holiday dinner, you can make this recipe ahead. Follow the recipe up until the point where the wedges are wrapped in the prosciutto. Refrigerate the wrapped sweet potato wedges for a day before baking.

I’ve made a quick 30 second video recipe so you can see exactly how I make these. Or use the printable recipe to keep on file.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Sweet Potatoes Recipe


  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • Fresh sage leaves
  • 3 ounces prosciutto


  1. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into wedges.
  2. Boil sweet potato wedges for 10 minutes or until fork tender.
  3. Preheat oven to 375.
  4. Wrap sweet potato wedges with one sage leaf in a piece of prosciutto.
  5. Roast at 375 for 15 minutes.

How do you prefer your sweet potatoes? Savory or sweet or both?

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What is Switchel and How Do You Make It?

Have you been wondering what is this new hipster drink switchel and how do you make it? Here's the best recipe!

Maybe you’ve heard about the latest hipster craze? It’s called switchel and it’s making its way into homes and restaurants and even as a mixer at bars.

Only, it’s not actually a new drink. It’s been around for centuries and was the original – and dare I say far healthier – version of Gatorade.

If you’ve been wondering what is switchel? How do you make it? Here’s the definitive answer and recipe.

What is Switchel?

Switchel originated as Haymaker’s Punch.  It was called Haymaker’s Punch because it was used to refresh workers bringing in the hay crop.

The original drink was made with apple cider vinegar, molasses and ginger. Once the mixture was made, it was left to ferment before being added to water.

Today, there are many versions of Switchel. Apple cider vinegar and ginger are in every recipe, but the sweetener is often switched up. Maple syrup and honey can easily stand in for the molasses.

If you go for the classic recipe, the Switchel will have a gingerbread flavor from the molasses. Molasses contains a number of essential minerals and vitamins, so it is worth trying it to see if you like it.

However, if the taste of the molasses is too strong, go ahead and substitute an equal amount of maple syrup or honey.

What is switchel? How is it made? Includes the best recipe for this hipster drink.

How Do I Make Switchel?

I’m going to teach you to make switchel with a recipe I know everyone enjoys.

In a jar, combine:

6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (I always use this one)
4 tablespoons honey (or molasses or maple syrup)
3 teaspoons grated ginger

Cover and allow to ferment in the refrigerator for a day.

To serve, strain out the ginger pieces if you’d like. Then shake mixture and add several tablespoons to 6 ounces water. How many tablespoons you use will depend on your taste.

If you have a soda stream, this makes the most delicious addition to carbonated water!

Try a glass of this after your next workout. Doesn’t it make the perfect thirst quencher?

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Quick and Easy Apple Prosciutto Appetizers

Quick and Easy Apple Prosciutto Appetizer Recipe. (Includes complete how-to VIDEO) These appetizers satisfy both the sweet and the salty.

These sweet and savory apple prosciutto appetizers are unbelievably quick and easy to make.

In fact, they are so quick to make, you can learn how to make them in just 30 seconds:

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For those of you who may want to print the recipe, here it is:

Quick and Easy Apple Prosciutto Appetizers


  • 1 cup grated organic apple
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • baguette thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a bowl mix together apple, cheese, prosciutto, and oregano.
  3. Place baguette slices on a baking tray. Top with apple mixture.
  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

The next time you need an appetizer that will satisfy both the sweet and the salty as well as the gooey from the cheese, whip up a batch of these and watch how fast they are devoured.

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Red Potatoes with Rosemary in the Slow Cooker (VIDEO)

Rosemary Red Potatoes in the Slow Cooker (VIDEO)

As a side dish, red potatoes with rosemary in the slow cooker could not be easier.

Here are the easy video instructions:

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Here is the printable recipe:

Red Potatoes with Rosemary in the Slow Cooker (VIDEO)


  • 3 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary


  1. Cut red potatoes into quarters.
  2. Drizzle with the olive oil.
  3. Season with salt and add the rosemary. Toss.
  4. Line slow cooker with foil. Seal potatoes in foil.
  5. Set slow cooker to high and cook for 2 -3 hours. Or set slow cooker to low and cook for 4-5 hours.
  6. Potatoes are done when they can be easily pierced with a fork.

This would make a great side dish to enjoy over the holidays, or serve it as a side with any meat.

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