Death by Chocolate Star Wars Hot Chocolate

Hello Lovely,

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE STAR WARS!!!! Like watching it on opening day in my Star Wars sweathshirt at the earliest showing LOOOOOOOVE Star Wars! I  also LOOOOOOOVE hot chocolate. I'm not the biggest fan of chocolate but I must admit, a hot cup of cocoa in the winter is ideal! I was craving some hot chocolate on Monday and just had to make a cup to help me get through my Monday night planning session and photo editing. I borrowed the recipe from Centsable Momma but tweaked it just a little. I'm completely intolerant to half and half so I substituted that and the sugar for sweetened condensed milk (that thick gooey stuff is sooooooooooo good; also my lactose intolerance is really picky). And although I'm a fan of hot cocoa I still can't have it too chocolately so I skipped the chocolate chip morsels inside and just put it on top with the whipped cream. but left in the recipe for you guys. I was also attracted to the recipe because it reminded me of the song, "Death By Chocolate" by Sia. The first verse goes,

Death by chocolate is myth
This I know because I lived
I've been around for broken hearts and how
Lay your head in my hands little girl
This is only right now

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What happened next was mind blowing! Of course I added my own mini marshmallows and topped it with whipped cream and more cocoa powder because it just wouldn't be hot chocolate without it. So pull out your hot cocoa mix or your unsweetened cocoa and let's warm up with a big mug together!

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Death by Chocolate Star Wars Hot Chocolate

Serves: 4 cups

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chip morsels
  • ⅓ cup boiling water
  • 3½ cups milk
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Combine the cocoa and boiling water in a saucepan.
  2. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir.
  3. Add in chocolate chips and stir until melted.
  4. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in 3½ cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil!
  6. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  7. Divide between 4 mugs.
  8. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.

3 Healthy Winter Soup Recipes

In the wintertime, there’s a big fight going on in my appetite. Part of me wants something light to balance out recent holiday indulgences and start the year out right… but part of me wants to curl up on the couch in my sweats and eat only comfort food. Thankfully, Waitrose provides the perfect soup base for you to build and add whatever you have in your pantry or fridge.

Here are three of my all-time favourite quick and easy vegetable soup recipes that will keep you feeling full and satisfied:

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1. Chicken Carrot & Coriander Soup

A soup that takes inspiration from the not-at-all vegetarian, this recipe produces a bowl full of healthy heartiness. The depth of flavour comes from a lot of sautéed aromatics, and the chunky texture is due to big portions of chopped chicken breasts, carrots, and corn. Though it’s low in fat, this soup will keep you full all winter long. 

Ingredients

  • Waitrose Carrot & Coriander Soup Mix
  • 1 cup cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup loose whole kernel corn
  • 1/2 cup sliced cooked carrts
  • 2 cups water, boiled

Instructions

  1. Boil water and empty packet in a soup bowl. Pour water over contents and stir to dissolve. 
  2. Add chicken, corn and carrots.
  3. Stir and enjoy!
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2. One Pot Lasagna Soup

This recipe is clean vegetarian cooking with a hint of decadence. It’s an all-veggie soup made a tiny bit indulgent and oh-so-dreamy by the addition of mozzarella cheese.  If you’d like to add a little crunch, whip up a batch of these paprika toasts to eat alongside. 

Ingredients

  • 1 white onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 24 ounce jar pasta or marinara sauce
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika - optional to taste
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 7 cups vegetable stock/broth
  • 13 lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1½ cups mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium mozzarella ball, sliced

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven or pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Toss in diced onion and sautee for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in minced garlic and cook for another minute or two.
  2. Stir in tomato paste and flour then cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes, parsley, basil, oregano, paprika, sugar, salt and pepper to pot then stir in vegetable broth.
  4. Bring to boil then add lasagna noodles (broken into 4ths) to pot and reduce heat back to medium then cook, stirring occasionally (about 20 minutes).
  5. Once noodles are tender, stir in fresh spinach, heavy cream, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Cut mozzarella ball into small slices and place on top. Garnish with shredded basil. Serve with crusty bread.
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3. Classic Tomato Soup

If you have a constant craving for tomato soups, you’ll love this recipe for a thick vegetable soup that channels the zing and richness from those tomatoes.  The result is a soup that tastes like it’s been on the stove for hours when actually, it was never there in the first place! Nice. 

Ingredients

  • Waitrose Tomato & Basil Soup Mix

Instructions

  1. Boil water and empty packet in a soup bowl. Pour water over contents and stir to dissolve. 
  2. This is where you can have fun by added whatever vegetable you want. Mixed veg, spinach or onions. Don't forget the grilled cheese!

Which one of these healthy soups will you make first?

Let me know in the comments below!

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