July 2014 archive

Mango ‘nice cream’ dessert

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Mango nice cream… this is so refreshing! More like a sorbet than ice cream… fruity, smooth and delicious! (Dar you will love!)

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Ingredients

3 cups frozen organic mango
1/2 can light coconut milk (trader joes)
1 tablespoon honey (give or take depending on your desired level of sweetness)

Instructions

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender. Enjoy! We topped ours with coconut… pretty delicious!

 

Chocolate ‘nice cream’ dessert

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This one is sure to satisfy all you chocolate lovers! You can make this even richer by adding more cocoa powder… its truly fantastic! Plus… you can always add a few ingredients to add a little variety if plain o’l chocolate isn’t fancy enough for you… say mocha almond fudge (just add a teaspoon of instant coffee and a few chocolate chips!)

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Ingredients

3 frozen bananas
3 ice cubes
3 tablespoons cocoa powder (like the kind you cook with)
About 1 cup of almond milk (any type of milk will work great… use a little less for a thicker nice cream)
1 tablespoon agave (give or take depending on your desired level of sweetness)

Instructions

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender. Enjoy! We topped ours with sprinkles because everything is so much more fun with sprinkles and a dash of cocoa nibs for crunch. Other great toppings are shredded coconut, almonds, peanuts, fresh fruit… I mean really… need I say more?

 

I should note: When making nice cream… you really just need to eye it when you make it. What I mean by that is… take this recipe with a grain of salt… use less milk if you have a really strong blender… you want the consistency as close to ice cream as possible you may need less liquid if your blender is stronger. Cant really mess this up… worse case scenario… use a straw. #firstworldproblem.

‘Nice Cream’ – A.K.A. the bomb dessert!

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“Nice Cream” for all of us who LOVE dessert and yet… well… care about our health. This is the new fav in the Wang homestead… Nice cream is about enjoying delicious desserts while simultaneously being “nice” to yourself. It of course has no cream, refined sugar or even a hint of dairy… But it does have FLAVOR. You will need a lot of frozen bananas. I suggest buying them in bulk.

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We always ask our local market for the nana’s that ‘wont sell’ because they are so brown. They usually give us an insane discount and waa laa… we have a dessert for about .50 cents. I hope you have such luck too. In order to prep for this upcoming week of nice cream recipes, I suggest you peel those nannies and freeze them so that when the urge comes upon you, you won’t have to resist!

So stay tuned this week for FIVE creative and delicious ‘nice cream’ recipes! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

DD Wraps a.k.a. taco wrap with cauli-rice

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My dear friend Dar loves loves loves lettuce wraps. As Rob and I were assembling this delicious dinner I could not get her off my mind. So we called them the “DD wraps” in honor of our lovely friend, Dar. She is refreshing and and light and amazing… just like these wraps.

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Full of color and flavor… not to mention a HOST of nutrients! Dig in!

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Ingredients

1 lb of ground organic turkey
1 packet of trader joes taco seasoning (or any taco seasoning)
1 (32 oz) can of tomato sauce (OR use the pizza sauce recipe from previous post…using a little less honey… in my personal opinion… this makes this dish exceptional! And only takes about five more minutes)
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 head of cauliflower
1 tomato, chopped (optional)
1 head of iceberg lettuce
1 jar of corn salsa (trader joes)
1 avocado
sour cream (optional)

Instructions

Grind the cauliflower into (for a how to, click here) cauliRICE. (This can be done the day before or morning of to save time. Just keep in a bowl, covered in the refrigerator.)

Use half the chopped onion and 1 teaspoon garlic, sauteing for about 5 minutes (you can use oil if using a non-stick pan).

Then add the cauliRICE with half a packet of taco seasoning (should be about 2 tablespoons worth of seasoning) and saute for another 5 minutes.

Add about 1 1/2 -2 cups of tomato sauce to the cauliRICE, stir, cover and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir again, and simmer for remaining 5 minutes. (Total 20 minutes in the pan). You can eye it here… if you prefer it to be softer, give it a little more time. This is pretty hard to mess up. My kind of dish!

Meanwhile, saute the rest of the yellow onion in a separate pan until soft.

Add the ground organic turkey and the remaining half packet of taco seasoning, and cook until browned (about 5 minutes)

Add the remainder of tomato sauce (about 2 cups worth) and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Rinse the lettuce leaves and make “cups” out of the lettuce (you cant be a perfectionist here).

Add cauliRICE, top with ground turkey. Add corn salsa, avocado and organic sour cream (if you are not dairy free, the sour cream adds an amazing touch to these tacos.) Enjoy!

 

Side note: You can prepare the cauliRICE and ground organic turkey the day before, keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator and serve the next day with very little time and prep. This is a great option for a dinner party.

‘gluten free banana-nut super healthy no oil’ granola

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Introducing a delicious granola that is packed with nutrients (thank you Mckel!). Contrary to store bought granola, this is made without any refined sugars or oil. Rob and I enjoyed this with banana milk (1 frozen banana + 1 cup cold water + 1 teaspoon agave = banana milk). It is great for a post workout meal or really anytime. I was inspired by Mckel at Nutrition Stripped. She is a creative genius in the kitchen when it comes to plant based, nutrient dense dishes. You can check out her website for the recipe. I have changed a few things but I stayed pretty true to her original.

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This is very fast and easy to make! Great to have on hand for a quick snack. You can add any combination of dried fruits or dark chocolate for an extra treat! Or top a green smoothie bowl (as we did this morning) and enjoy!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup gluten free oats (or quinoa!)
1/4 cup buckwheat (deceptive title…it is wheat and gluten free!) (Any combination of grain works, so get creative…whatever you have on hand should do just fine)
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup sunflower seeds (I did not have raw so I used toasted and salted and it worked great. Either is fine)
1/3 cup ground flax seed
1 cup pumpkin seeds (I also did not have this on hand so I did 1 cup slivered raw almonds)
3 spotted bananas
3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoons almond butter (tahini or peanut butter works too)
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Toss all the nuts, grains and seeds together in a large bowl. Using your blender or a food processor, puree together the bananas, honey and nut butter. Then pour over dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Pour onto a parchment lined baking sheet, creating a thin even layer. Place in the over at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Stir well, then bake 15 minutes longer. Let cool and store in an airtight container.

 

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