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Clean Eating Fondue

Main Course Fondue

Looking for a fun and yummy way to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the family? Fondue is an easy and delicious way to share a meal. My husband and I love fondue. Like, really love it. We have a couple of fondue pots and we use them often. I honestly never thought about how healthy it really is until we started My Clean Kitchen. Even the dessert isn’t so bad, as long as you do it right! The cheese course, well, that should probably be skipped or at least not done often. But if you serve it with the right stuff it can also be a not-so-bad for you course to a meal. For this recipe though, I’m going to include both the main course and the delicious chocolate, both clean recipes.

I’ll start with the main course. Its simply broth, and some fresh herbs, maybe a splash of white wine, if you prefer and have it on hand. We usually use chicken broth, but you could easily make this a vegetarian meal with vegetable stock. You could add some Caribbean flare with a splash of orange juice and/or lime juice and maybe some fresh cilantro. Just adding some fresh chopped herbs is going to give your broth a great flavor. We always start by crushing a garlic clove and rubbing it around the fondue pot before adding the broth. It really infuses that garlic flavor. Add some minced garlic, fresh chopped rosemary, sage, or thyme (or all three). Let it heat in the fondue pot until it just starts to simmer so the flavors meld, then you’re ready to go.

For the protein – we usually cut up a couple of organic chicken breasts, a steak filet, and sometimes a pork tenderloin. But, you could do shrimp, lobster, duck, or sirloin. For the veggies – we do broccoli, mushroom caps, carrots, and sometimes red skin potatoes. Although, we have phased out white potatoes in our diet this year, so we’ll be skipping those.

Chocolate FondueThe chocolate fondue is as simple as melting some chocolate. We use our sterno (non-electric) fondue pot for the chocolate. It mimics a double boiler. The chocolate can be done in either. If you don’t have two fondue pots or don’t want to clean the one you use for the main course, simply melt the chocolate in a double boiler on the stove and keep it warm until just before bringing it to the table to transfer to the fondue pot. The chocolate recipe is simply dark chocolate nibs or chips and a smidge of coconut oil. You could add a dollop of almond butter too for an awesome flavor. For dipping, strawberries, banana slices, apple slices, grapes, or any thing else you want to cover in chocolate. If you are feeling adventurous you could make our clean eating brownies to serve as a dipper.

Click here for the Chocolate Recipe.

 Local Ingredient: Broccoli purchased from Relay Food in my local produce box. 

  • Veggies Ready for Fondue

  • Herbs and Garlic in the Pot

  • Broth before the Simmer

  • Meat, Veg, and Broth Ready for Eating!

Clean Eating Fondue

Serving Size: 4-6

Clean Eating Fondue

Ingredients

48 oz. Low Sodium Organic Chicken Broth

3-4 teaspoons Fresh Herbs, chopped or torn. (We used oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme)

Pinch of Sea Salt

Pinch of Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

1 Garlic Clove, smashed

Fondue Dipper Ideas

2 4-6 oz Organic Chicken Breasts

1 small Pork Tenderloin

1 Beef Filet

1/4 lb shrimp, peeled and de-veined

1-2 Broccoli Stalks, chopped into florets

1 1/2 cups Baby Carrots

5-7 White Mushrooms, stems removed

Instructions

  1. Rub the smashed garlic clove over the bottom and sides of the fondue pot. (Electric is easiest)
  2. Add the fresh herbs and the broth.
  3. Mince the garlic and add that to the broth.
  4. Add in the salt and pepper.
  5. Turn the fondue pot on high (mine is 400 degrees at high).
  6. Allow the broth mixture to begin to boil then turn the temperature down to a simmer.
  7. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes while you prepare the vegetables and meat.
  8. Arrange vegetables on one plate and meats another.
  9. Once the broth has simmered for at lest 5 minutes, you're ready to start.
  10. The rule of thumb is, if it walks on land, cook it for 2-3 minutes, and if it swims, 1-2 minutes. But be sure to check your meat for doneness the first few times to make sure as broth temperatures will vary. Vegetables times will vary depending on type and cut. Have a slotted spoon handy to fish them out.

Notes

Be sure to cut your meat the first few times to make sure you have the cooking times right.

Have an extra plate and set of silverware in case someone takes out their meat too soon and dirties their plate.

Remind people that meat should go from the serving plate to the fondue pot, never to their plate until its cooked.

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3 Responses to “Clean Eating Fondue”
  1. Marisa says:

    Great post! My family always does fondue around the holidays and now I’ll be able to partake.

    We recently wrote our own blog on clean eating. Check it out when you can: http://bit.ly/1efFJMi

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