Thanksgiving Desserts

Who says pie has to get all the attention at Thanksgiving?! Serve this fancy and decadent dessert this year and give your guests a holiday meal they will truly remember. Your guests (and kids!) never need to know how easy and good for you it actually is. It is also highly adaptable. Don’t have cardamom? Use vanilla. Have a cantaloupe in the fridge? Use that instead of honeydew. Agar agar can also be used in place of the gelatin making it vegan as well. This recipe serves 4.

CARDAMOM COCONUT PANNA COTTA
INGREDIENTS
1 14 ounce Can Coconut Milk
2 Teaspoons Unflavored Gelatin
2 Tablespoons Water
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Cardamom

EQUIPMENT
Small Mixing Bowl
Small Saucepan
Stove Top
Measuring Cups and Spoons
4 Small Ramekins

NOTES
Coconut milk refers to the full fat Thai style, not the sweetened kind that goes in a Pina Colada. The only thing to take care with is the heat of the milk. It needs to be hot enough to melt the gelatin but a fully boiling hot liquid will cause it to loose its efficiency.

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Add water to small mixing bowl and sprinkle gelatin across the top. Set aside for gelatin to bloom.
2. Add coconut milk, sugar and cardamom to small saucepan.
3. Place coconut milk over medium high heat and bring almost to a boil, stirring constantly.
4. Remove coconut milk from heat. Spoon a small amount over the bloomed gelatin and stir until it begins to melt.
5. Add the gelatin back to the warm pan of coconut milk and stir until gelatin is fully melted and incorporated.
6. Pour coconut mixture into individual small bowls or ramekins. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

HONEYDEW SOUP
INGREDIENTS
1 Honeydew Melon
2 Cups Ice
2 Tablespoons Sugar

EQUIPMENT
Chef’s Knife
Cutting Board
Blender

NOTES
Depending on the size of your blender, you may have to make this in two batches. Also, adjust the sugar according to the sweetness of the melon you use. Store any leftover soup in the freezer for a yummy sorbet or pour it into ice cube trays for a quick smoothie.

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Cut the melon in half and scoop out any seeds. Then, cut the melon into quarters and remove the skin. Finally, rough cut the melon into chunks.
2. Add the melon, ice, and sugar to the blender. Puree until smooth. Serve cold.

TO ASSEMBLE
1. Dip the panna cotta bowls into hot water long enough to loosen it. Run a knife carefully along the edge to help free it. Unmold into soup dishes.
2. Pour the honeydew soup around the base of the panna cotta.
3. Garnish with dried cranberries if desired.

Finally, just serve and enjoy!

Hint Mint

Need a great way to keep your breath fresh? If so, Hint Mint is something you should definitely try. These are 100% vegan and there is no gelatin, no aspartame, and no animal fat. They have several different flavors: Citrus, Black Currant, Green Tea and Peppermint just to name a few.  Besides the flavor, I love the size of these containers.  They are small enough to slide into your pocket without anyone noticing.  Also, even though they are itty bitty they do pack a punch and do take care of your breath.  They make excellent stocking stuffers for your kids too! The best part is that these Hint Mint Petit are under $1 for a tin!  You won’t find another great deal like this anywhere else.  My husband and I both like these and give them two thumbs up!