Monthly Archives: September 2016

Dairy-Free Nut-Free Basil Pesto is the Best-o

I’ve been wondering about those 2 most expensive ingredients. Now anyone’s tummy can smile 🙂

Fruit of Adventure

Dairy Free Nut Free Pesto

I remember my first taste of pesto. It was a warm summer night on an island off the coast of Maine after I had just completed the 8th grade. My mom and I were on an epic, two week road trip along the East coast with my maternal grandmother.

There are a few memorable moments seared in my brain from that trip. Like when my grandmother told my mother that I was ungrateful after leaving my used towels strewn about the bathroom floor in our hotel room (oops! still feel bad about that!). Or when I had my first (and only!) lucid dream while napping in our rental house on Cape Cod as my mom attended a conference presented by Will Schutz (my cat’s name happened to be Schutz!)

Most of all, I remember trying pesto for the first time. We were having dinner at an old friend’s of my…

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Super quick low-cal milk shake

I actually discovered this divine gift from the gods completely by accident.  Coming home from work on evening, I needed something not to heavy to silence my growling stomach while throwing together my supper.  My choice of ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of chilled milk
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1 small tot of vanilla essence

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Pop the ingredients in a blender give it a wizz for a minute

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And the result:

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While its not as thick and decadent as an ice cream milk shake, it is deliciously smooth and creamy and definitely hits the spot.  I did not add additional sweetener, but feel free to sweeten to your liking.

 

Five minute banana ice cream

Got an ice cream craving but don’t want all the guilt?

what you’ll need:

  • 2 small sliced bananas (or 1 large one),  frozen in advance
  • 1/2 glass of full fat cows milk
  • 1 little tot of vanilla essence

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pop all the ingredients in a blender

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Give it a wizz for about a minute and voila! There you have it, rich creamy and delicious banana ice cream ready to delight your taste buds and kick your ice cream craving’s butt.  If you think 5 minutes was quick, see how fast you eat it up!

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Might I add that I didn’t add extra sweetener.  Feel free to add some if you prefer.  There are recipes out there claiming that just blending a frozen banana and vanilla essence makes a delicious ice cream.  I beg to differ about that slimy mess that is totally not worth the brain freeze.  Adding half a glass of milk makes all the delicious difference and not that much more caloric expense.

I’ve popped it in the freezer to see if it stays ice creamy … lets hope.  I’ll post an update about that later.

Update:  The bad news is that after a couple of days in the freezer, the consistency was solid enough to be considered popsickle material, but definitely not scoopable ice cream.  The good news is that I could break it up with a butter knife, swirl it in the blender with a half glass of milk and that not only tripled the volume but came out even better than before 😀

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