Peanut Butter “Ice Cream” (NO frozen bananas!)

Not to toot my own horn here or anything, but I have to say, this is an ice cream recipe that I am extremely proud to have developed. Why?

-It uses no bananas. Yes, I am a banana “nice cream” lover, but sometimes I just want something with no trace of bananas in it.

-It contains peanut butter. Enough said. (Those with nut allergies can use an allergy-free alternative instead!)

-It yields a whole pint of ice cream while only using 2 tbsp of sugar!

-It actually has the consistency of regular ice cream and never gets spoon-bending block hard.

-It uses aquafaba, which is the water liquid from a can of beans. Yes, you heard right! And no, no taste of bean at all in the final product! Pinky promise. With the multiple people I have tested this recipe on, NOBODY could detect anything off.

Seriously, do a quick google search of aquafaba if you haven’t heard of it. This is a vegan option for those who need a replacement for egg whites. However, I have found that when whipped and frozen, it mimics the texture of ice cream.

With my unhealthy love of ice cream, this has been a game changer for the better. I STRONGLY recommend trying aquafaba. Plus, since it’s coming from a can of beans, no special purchases are required- just save the bean liquid the next time you go to make hummus!

Peanut Butter “Ice Cream”

Peanut Butter “Ice Cream”

Ingredients:

Liquid from 1 can of chickpeas or a similar type bean (keep the chickpeas for another recipe!)

1/ 8 tsp cream of tartar

2 tbsp sugar 

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

pinch of stevia

3 tbsp melted peanut butter

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the bean liquid and cream of tartar. With a hand mixture, whip together on high until white, fluffy, and peaks form (about 6 minutes).

Add in your sugar, vanilla extract, salt and stevia and whip altogether.

Next, slowly add in your melted peanut butter. This will deflate your mixture, but just keep whipping!

Transfer mixture into a contain and place in the freezer until frozen (about 4-5 hours).

Serve!

Cookie Dough Protein Bowl (Grain-Free)

Confession: When a was little, I used to sneak large globs of cookie dough from the giant tub of Pillsbury in the fridge. I laughed at the threat of getting an upset stomach. Oh, to be young and so carefree…

As evidenced by today’s post, however, my childhood desires have not entirely been suppressed with age. As much as I love my Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip, I do not always have sweet potatoes at hand. Instead, I have created this protein-packed cookie dough.

And guess what? I have not only been eating this as a snack and dessert, but also for breakfast too! Looking at the ingredients list, I can confidently say I regret nothing!

Oh, and an added bonus? This recipe will stuff you up! I couldn’t even get through a quarter of my cookie dough bowl before getting full! With that said, enjoy!

Cookie Dough Protein Bowl (Grain-Free)

Cookie Dough Protein Bowl (Grain-Free) 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup protein powder (obviously, pick a flavor you like!)

3/4 cup plain, whole milk yogurt

1/4 cup nut butter and/or coconut butter

3 tbsp coconut flour

2 tbsp shredded coconut

1 tsp vanilla extract

 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

Pinch of stevia

2 tbsp cacao nibs

Directions:

Add all ingredients (except the cacao nibs) into a food processor and blend until smooth (likewise, you can just stir all the ingredients together in a bowl really well). Stir in the cacao nibs, transfer to a bowl, and place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving. Makes a great breakfast, snack, or dessert!

Cookie Dough Protein Bowl (Grain-Free)

Italian Eggs over Cabbage (Paleo)

Greetings from vacation at the Jersey Shore!

While I absolutely love cooking- even while on vacation- I know some people are either too busy with outings or simply not in the mood to plan an extensive meal while in paradise. And so, I present you with a simple recipe that can please a crowd without a lot of work on your part!

While I list multiple ingredients in this recipe, you only really need three of them: tomato sauce, cabbage, and eggs. The rest are optional (yet totally recommended to boost flavor!)

Italian Eggs over Cabbage (Paleo)

Italian Eggs over Cabbage (Paleo)

Ingredients:

1 tbsp avocado oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 onion, chopped

1 tsp fennel seeds

1/4 cup fresh chopped basil

5 cups cabbage, chopped

2 cups tomato sauce (store-bought or homemade)

salt and pepper, to taste

3 eggs (or more, depending on how many people you’re serving)

Directions:

Heat oil in a deep skillet (that comes with a lid) and add the garlic and onions. Sauté over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, add in fennel seeds and basil, and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in the chopped cabbage, tomato sauce, and salt and pepper and let cook for 10- during this time, the cabbage will shrink down and become saturated in tomato sauce.

With the back of a spatula, pat down the cabbage to create a flat surface. Crack one of the eggs into a bowl and then gently slide on top of cabbage. Repeat with the remaining eggs. Cover skillet with lid and let eggs cook through (this takes me about 15 minutes). Top with extra basil and serve.

Summer Veggie Shrimp Bake (Grain-Free)

Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of views on one specific post of mine: my Shrimp and Chicken Fajitas.

This has resulted in me craving some good ol’ shrimp lately. Since fresh summer veggies are everywhere right now, I decided to pair the two together🙂

Summer Veggie Shrimp Bake

Summer Veggie Shrimp Bake

Ingredients:

1 large onion

2 yellow summer squash

1 eggplant

2 green peppers

1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved 

1/2 + 2 tbsp cup parmesan cheese

1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp avocado oil

salt and pepper

1 lb raw shrimp

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a large baking dish.

Chop the onion, squash, eggplant, and peppers into bite-sized pieces and toss in a very large bowl. Add in the tomatoes, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, basil, garlic, avocado oil, salt, and pepper. Mix altogether and spread into the baking dish. Place in the oven for 30 minutes.

While baking, remove the shells from the shrimp and cut into bite-sized pieces. Place in a bowl and mix with the remaining 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese.

After the 30 minutes are up, taking the baking dish out of the oven and up the temperature to 425 degrees. Mix the shrimp into the veggie dish and place back in the oven for 15 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Gillyweed (AKA Spinach Balls) (Paleo)

It’s July 31st! And anyone who reads Harry Potter knows that today’s Harry’s birthday. To celebrate every year, I gather with some friends to re-watch some Harry Potter movies and eat some wizarding world-inspired food. It might sound kinda silly but hey- tradition is tradition.

Last year, we made cauldron cakes, pumpkin pasties, cockroach clusters, and… gillyweed! In the magical world, gillyweed allowed for Harry to breathe underwater in the second task of the Triwizard Tournament. For muggles (the non-magical population- read as YOU) this gillyweed is my version of spinach balls. (Yes, I know, it doesn’t match the book’s depiction, but it is green and weird looking).

Even after Harry Potter day last year, I continued to have these spinach balls because they were quick, good to take on the go, and super tasty! In fact, I often eat several for breakfast!

And now that you all know how odd I am… happy July 31st!

Harry Potter-Inspired Food-Gillyweed (AKA Spinach Balls) (Paleo)

Gillyweed (AKA Spinach Balls) (Paleo)

Ingredients: 

3/4 cup cashew butter

1 egg

1/4 cup chopped onion (do NOT add more- will have the batter too runny) 

2 garlic cloves

1 tsp salt

Pepper

1/2 tbsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

4 cups fresh spinach

2 tbsp coconut flour

Instructions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a baking sheet. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor (you might have to add the spinach in slowly) and blend until all throughly combined and green throughout. With a spoon, scoop batter onto baking sheet. Place in the oven for 12 minutes, flip gillyweed over, and place back in the oven for another 5 minutes. Let cool before eating. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge. My opinion? The gillyweed tastes even better the next day!

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