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Tristan’s Favorite: Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Makes 2 dozen. Ingredients 7 ounces best-quality semisweet chocolate 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 tablespoon cocoa powder 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses1 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons boiling water 1/4 cup granulated sugar Directions Line two baking sheets with parchment. Chop chocolate into 1/4-inch chunks; set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cocoa.In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and grated ginger until whitened, about 4 minutes. Add the brown sugar, and beat until combined. Add molasses, and beat until combined.In a small...


Low-Fat Hearty Turkey Chili

Recipe from: Serves 6 Ingredients 1 Tbsp canola1 large onion, chopped2 cloves garlic, minced1 tsp ground cumin1⁄2 tsp dried oregano1⁄4 cup chili powder1⁄8 tsp ground cinnamon2 bay leaves2 lb lean ground turkey2 Tbsp tomato paste1 piece (1 oz) dark chocolate or 1 Tbsp cocoa powder1 bottle or can (12 oz) dark beer1 Tbsp chopped chipotle pepper1 can (28 oz) whole peeled tomatoes1 can (14 oz) white beans, rinsed and drained1 can (14 oz) pinto beans, rinsed and drainedSalt and black pepper to tasteHot sauce or cayenne (optional) to tasteRaw onions, shredded cheese, chopped scallions, lime wedges, sour cream (optional) Instructions Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.Add the cumin, oregano, chili...


Coat & Backpack Drive for Charlotte Kids

Sensenbrenner Primary Care is proud to once again support the coat and backpack drive benefitting local children in the Grier Heights neighborhood through the Grier Heights Community Center. We'll be collecting the items below through December 2021 at our office: Coats & BackpacksUniform Items & Sweatshirts (blue, gray or tan)Socks & UndergarmentsToiletries Click here to donate today! ...


Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Fall is here! Get in the spirit by making these lightened up, but still delicious, healthy pumpkin muffins! They're light and fluffy and will have your house smelling like fall. Recipe from: Ingredients ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil½ cup maple syrup or honey2 eggs, at room temperature1 cup pumpkin purée¼ cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)2 teaspoons pumpkin spice blend (or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon ground allspice or cloves)1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon vanilla extract½ teaspoon salt1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour⅓ cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling on topOptional: 2 teaspoons turbinado (raw) sugar for a sweet crunch Directions Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius). If necessary, grease all 12 cups of your muffin tin with butter or non-stick cooking spray.In a large bowl, beat the...


Know Your Benefits

We encourage patients to take advantage of your full benefits with annual wellness exams, commercial or Medicare. Please be aware that it is your responsibility as a patient to know your benefits, including lab coverage and eligibility dates for services like physicals. Sensenbrenner Primary Care will do our best at connecting with the payors and knowing your last physical/ annual wellness visit date. However, it is the patient’s responsibility if your payor does not cover it. Questions? Call us at (704) 887-1101. ...


March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. Learn More ...


5-Minute Smoothie Bowl

Try out this 3-ingredient, 5-minute smoothie bowl recipe! It's perfect for mornings when you're crunched for time but still want a filling, healthy meal (and it's pretty too!). View the Recipe ...


Healthy Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Make this healthy and easy avocado chocolate mousse to share with a loved one (or keep it all to yourself). From Ingredients 4 oz - 120 g dark or semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped you can also use dark chocolate chips2 large ripe avocados (about 8 oz - 225 g each), halved and pitted.3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder1/4 cup almond milk or your favorite milk1 tsp pure vanilla extract1/8 tsp kosher salt1-3 tsp light maple syrup optionalfresh raspberries, whipped cream (or whipped coconut cream to keep vegan), chocolate shavings for serving Instructions Place chopped chocolate or chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, and melt gently by 15-seconds burst, stirring between each until chocolate is fully melted, watching carefully to make sure the chocolate doesn't burn. Set aside to cool.In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade,...


How to Prevent Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, causing about 1 in 4 deaths.1 The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. Learn how to keep your heart healthy and reduce your risk for heart disease. Learn More Here ...


In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Sensenbrenner Primary Care will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov 24th & 25th. See you all again on Monday, Nov 28th!