Because so many of my FoodTrients fans love crock-pot cooking, I devised this easy recipe that can be made in a slow cooker or on a stove top. Traditional Mexican molé sauces may contain hundreds of ingredients. I’ve kept this one simple. My new FoodTrients Dessert Spice Mix adds antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. I spoon the turkey and sauce into corn tortillas that have been warmed on the griddle.
Health benefits: Turkey contains the FoodTrient selenium, which detoxifies organs and helps skin stay elastic. The tryptophan content in turkey builds healthy neurotransmitters in the brain. Tryptophan is also found in dark chocolate, along with the FoodTrients catechins and flavonoids, which reduce the risk of heart disease. Almond milk provides the FoodTrients omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for the heart and circulation system, and zinc, which increases your resistance to infection. Chile peppers are rich in the FoodTrients zinc and vitamin C, another boost to the immune system.
Variations: You can use chicken instead of turkey or make the molé spicier by adding hotter chiles or more varieties of hot peppers. This dish can be served over rice (preferably brown rice, for added nutrients) instead of with corn tortillas.
1¼ lbs. turkey cutlets or turkey tenders (skinless and boneless)
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup almond milk
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles
¼ cup chopped jalapeño peppers
1 Tbs. raisins
2 tsp. FoodTrients Dessert Spice Mix (recipe follows)
2 tsp. raw or brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in ¼ cup water
1 banana, mashed
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
1. Place all ingredients except cornstarch mixture, banana, and chocolate into a crock pot or enamel-covered cast-iron pot with a lid (such as Le Creuset). Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Add cornstarch mixture and cook another 5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.
3. Remove from heat and stir in the mashed banana and the chocolate chips. Let sit 2–3 minutes, or until all the chocolate has melted. Stir well.
4. Spoon into grilled corn tortillas or ladle over rice.
FoodTrients Dessert Spice Mix
1 tsp. ground cardamom (brown, not green)
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
4 tsp. instant coffee (decaf is fine)
8 tsp. cocoa powder (unsweetened)
Place ingredients in a jar. Add lid and shake until well combined. Store in a cool cupboard.