I love to cook. Since moving to a house with all electric, however, I have had a hard time getting motivated! The stove does not cook right and it’s just not the same as gas. However, between my desire and my outdoor grill – which so needs replacing – I manage to make fast, easy recipes for my family that they all love.
But since I am such a busy lady, I have little time to go to the computer, search through thousands of awesome recipes and recreate them. I am a “throw some stuff together and see how it tastes” kind of lady!
We are trying to add variety to our meals and I am making a lot more fish. Any fish I love. Salmon, Halibut, Flounder… anything. But I can rarely eat it dry. So the other day, while enjoying a small glass of my Blueberry Banana Strawberry #IcedDelight Mocha Smoothie, I had an thought. Can I turn International Delight Mocha ready to serve Iced Coffee into a nice glaze for some fish?
I was sure I could balance the sweet with some depth and turn it into something yummy!
So that night at dinner I experimented and came up with a great recipe that I have already made again as a marinade!! It has the perfect blend of tart and sweet and bite for a light, white fish and would also be fantastic over vegetables! And everyone loved it, too so I banked it for future use! It might seem a little weird – I am a little weird – but it really is so good!
Mocha Balsamic Glaze
1 cup International Delight Iced Coffee
2 Tbsp Onion Soup Mix
1 Tbsp Balsamic Glaze (or Syrup)
1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 – 1 Tbsp Sugar
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Transfer the liquid to a sauce pan. Bring the glaze to a slight boil, stirring constantly. When the sauce thickens slightly, remove from heat. Pour a tablespoon or more over your fish and enjoy.
I used a prepackaged flounder fillet and laid it over a helping of steam in a bag vegetables. Simple, fast and healthy for my family!
The glaze has some bite to it and a little background of sweet. It pair perfectly with the light fish and vegetables. I also want to marinade chicken or beef in it. That great flavor absorbed into meat would be really good!
Inspired by my super easy creation, I wanted to do an equally easy dessert. But all I could think is that this light meal would pair well with a rich, chocolate pudding. Again, though, I wanted to see if International Delight Mocha Iced Coffee could play a role. So turned to one of my favorite fast pudding recipes, Hasty Chocolate Pudding, that I have made a ton of times from AllRecipes.com. And I wanted to see if I could add some yummy, buttery Pistachios and Chocolate Chips to it to make it that much better!
Mocha Pistacio Hasty Chocolate Pudding
Mostly borrowed from AllRecipes.com
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 cups International Delight Mocha Iced Coffee
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup Pistachios
- 1/3 cup Chocolate Chips
Blend together the dry ingredients except for the Pistachios and Chocolate Chips in a microwave safe bowl. Slowly add the International Delight Iced Coffee and whisk so that there are no lumps. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and microwave a minute more at a time until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Mine takes 4 minutes total. Add in the pistachios and chocolate chips and pour into ramekins. Mine makes 5 perfectly. Chill and serve cold.
So delicious, right? And it is! The crunchiness of te Pistachios and the bite of the chocolate chips makes this dessert a fun and delicious dinner bookend!
I love creating and amping up recipes with new ingredients. I have discovered that International Delight Iced Coffee in Original, Mocha and Vanilla flavors and the International Delight Creamers are the perfect way to dress up a recipe! I have loved cooking and creating with them and will continue to do so!
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