I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Icecream

 

I will be the first to admit that I always viewed no churn ice cream recipes with a lot of skepticism, especially when folks touted it as only taking 2 ingredients. Well…I have to eat crow. After making some. I have to say that this will be my go to for the summer. The ice cream is quick and easy to make; light in terms of texture and consistency; and far better tasting than most store brands. I know, I know you think I’m exaggerating. But I challenge you to try the recipe for yourself and see how it goes.

You need:

1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 Pint of Heavy Whipping Cream

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Toppings of your choice (In my case crispy m&ms and twix)

Chilled Bowl

Hand mixer

Freezer safe container

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Pour the heavy whipping cream into the bowl.

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Take you hand mixer and place on a medium setting and whip.

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Initially you will just be looking at a liquid but as a couple minutes go by the cream will start to thicken.

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Add vanilla and whip the cream until its mixed well.

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Now pour in all the condensed milk.

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Whip the cream again to till the consistency is thicker and matches what is seen in the picture.

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Now add your toppings. (I attempted to crush the twix in the wrapper…it didn’t work too well -_-‘.)

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Whip until the candy is evenly distributed.

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Spoon your cream mixture into you freezer safe container and freeze overnight.

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The next day take out your icecream, serve and enjoy!

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OMG! There’s Coconut in my Spinach!

Awhile back I was going through a vegan phase, and wanted to experiment with ways to eat my veggies apart from stewing and steaming. I tried coconut cream of Spinach at a restaurant and had to give it a go. A traditional Cream of Spinach dish is dairy based. You start with heavy cream, add seasoning and them the spinach. It’s really the not the healthiest. Coconut Cream of Spinach has the same idea but instead the cream base is substituted with coconut milk. This gives the spinach a light sweet subtle coconut flavor which is absolutely delish. So let’s get started!

You need:

1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

½ yellow onion, chopped

Pinch of salt

3 teaspoons Yellow Curry

1 can Coconut Milk

4 cups of Spinach

 

Take your pan and lightly oil. Then place on the burner for a minute or so until the oil warms up.

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Add the onions. Mix so it’s lightly coated and let it cook until tender.

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Take the can of coconut milk, shake vigorously to mix it. Now open and add to the pan. Allow it to cook for about 10 minutes.

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Add the curry and Salt to the coconut milk, stir in. And wait for the combination to come to a low boil.

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It’a now time to add the spinach. Add handfuls at a time to the pan and spoon the coconut milk over it. It initially seems like it’s too much spinach but it wilts so don’t worry.

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Cover and let it cook for 5 minutes, and add more spinach if you wish. Voila! You’re done, a vegan tasty concoction that can go with pretty much anything from rice to meats. 😉

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Shimmy for the Chimichurri!

My co-worker introduced me to true greatness when she brought in some “adobe sauce” as dip for for pita chips. The mix of olive oil, parsley, cilantro, garlic, and jalapeno really pushed the snack over the edge and gave it the ultimate status. So I had to make it for myself.

After researching for a bit I discovered the”adobe sauce” that my co-worker had given me was actually called Chimichurri. An Argentinean condiment that is used to spruce up meats, and vegetable dishes. In a way it’s the ketchup of Latin America.

Because of the green nature of the sauce I decided to push it a bit further and add an unusual twist to the recipes I saw by adding spinach, for the cocktail of vitamins it offers, and cucumber, for vitamin K. The difference in the taste of the sauce is extremely subtle, so I managed to retain the taste while adding more nutritional content. Below is my take on this simple but awesome sauce. The sauce which I have been using to spruce up pretty much anything from rice to sushi.

What you need:

1/4 Yellow Onion

1 clove Garlic (if you like garlic add more)

1 jalapeno (or pepper of choice)

3 mini snacking cucumbers

2 cups Spinach

1/4 cup Parsley

1/4 cup Cilantro

1/3 cup Olive Oil

2 teaspoons salt

First gently wash your vegetables. Keeping the spinach and herbs in a separate container as they are more fragile.

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Next place your spinach, salt and herbs in the food processor with the olive oil and blend.

Now chop up your vegetables and add them to the processor and blend.

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Voila!!!! Your Chimichurri is ready. It was so quick and easy that it doesn’t even feel as if you were cooking. 😉

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All I See Is Green….

Green is really all I’m seeing at the moment. Except it’s not money :(. Lol! Oh Well it’s something better. Sauteed Kale and Spinach. Just how is it better you ask? Well Kale is high in vitamin K, iron, and antioxidants. While Spinach makes you as strong as Popeye the sailor. Seriously Spinach has vitamin B6, zinc and a whole slew of other things. But together the two greens make you beautiful both inside and out. And who doesn’t want to be beautiful?

What you need:
1 medium size pan
4 cups of Kale
4 cups of Spinach
2 tbspoons of Olive Oil
4 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of Dill Weed
1 teaspoon of Parsley
1 teaspoon of crushed Coriander Seeds
Sea Salt for taste

ks 2After placing my Kale and Spinach in a bowl to the side, the first thing I did was prep my
coriander seeds. I measured it out and placed it in a zip-lock bag, then crushed it with a cup. Easy.

I did the same with my garlic.

ks 1After completing this I then took my pan coated it with the olive oil and added my garlic, dill weed, parsley, and coriander. I put this over medium heat until my garlic started to become translucent. Do not allow the garlic to brown.

 

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Next, I added my spinach and kale to the oil mixture in the pan. I made sure to coat the greens with the oil and spices. I also added salt to taste. To keep this on the healthy side, make sure you don’t add too much salt that promotes hypertension. (Just saying) Cook the greens for about 5 minutes max. Let them wilt slightly.

ks 5Voila! You’re done and have a healthy meal. This can go well with potatoes, salmon, rice. Pretty much anything. So give it a whirl.