Chocolate Cherry Almond {N}ice Cream {dairy free}

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I realize Banana Ice Cream is a thing of the past and if you are on Pinterest you have most definitely seen recipes for Banana Ice Cream floating around.  I am here to say that if you have not tried it, stop what you are doing and make some now.  It is so super simple and tastes so freaking good.  Although I love bananas and throw them in smoothies regularly I think I still doubted that the consistency would properly reflect ice cream/gelato/frozen yogurt.  I must say it does, it really does!  Like homemade ice cream right out of the ice cream maker or creamy gelato.  

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I first tried it about a month or two ago and have since made it a few times a week each week as an evening treat.  I am not one that usually eats anything after dinner but since having my son and breastfeeding I find that I have to have something after dinner otherwise I wake up starving, like famished.   I find this fills me up just enough and doesn't leave me with a sugar hang over the next morning.

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I am so glad I finally tried this, I know that as Cash gets older this will be the perfect treat for him that I can feel good about him having.  Totally junk free.  Just toss some bananas in the freezer to have on hand when the desire kicks in to have a wonderfully delicious frozen dessert.  I have loved playing around with different combinations.  I think next up to try is Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.  I will post it if it turns out well, wish me luck!

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Chocolate Cherry Almond {N}ice Cream {Dairy Free}

Serves: 1 {can easily be doubled or tripled!}

Ingredients:

  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 3 Tbsp full fat coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp raw cacao
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 c frozen sweet red cherries, chopped

Directions:

  1. Place frozen banana in food food processor and add coconut milk.  Begin processing.  Scrape down the edges and break up the banana with a spatula if you have large pieces not wanting to break down.  
  2. Continue processing until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add cacao and almond extract, process until blended in.  Scrape down the sides.
  4. Add cherries and pulse until the cherries are blended in.
  5. Enjoy!
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Buffalo Steak and Roasted Asparagus Pizza {Gluten Free}

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This pizza was one of those clean the refrigerator out meals.  It ended up surprising my husband and I at how good it actually was.  I have since made it a few times since originally making it and we continue to love it.  I was actually a little hesitant to feed it to my husband because the pizza crust is gluten free, so I was sure he was not going to like it because it wasn't really pizza.  To my delight he liked it!  Yay!  Pizza was something I loved making in the past because you can literally through anything on pizza and it tastes so good.  It is also a great way to use up random vegetables and anything else you have on hand.  However I have pretty much cut out all gluten so I have to pretty much kiss pizza goodbye.  However, I am not an extremist in any way, I feel balance is key to life and key to not stressing yourself out.  Trust me, when I tried being perfect and extreme I became super stressed and that was not good for my body. I do indulge occasionally and just try to do it smarter, like doing it gluten free {not perfect Paleo, but at least there was no gluten!}.

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I have been on kind of a buffalo kick and have been drizzling buffalo sauce on pretty much everything, so why wouldn't it be good on pizza too?  I think this is what really made the pizza good for my husband.  Grill up some thinly sliced steak, which takes not time at all, roast some asparagus, throw it on some delicious crust and you have an amazing dinner!

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Buffalo Steak and Roasted Asparagus Pizza {Gluten Free}

Serves: 2 {2 slices each}

Ingredients:

  • 2 thin breakfast steaks
  • 1/4 c buffalo sauce
  • 1 heaping c chopped asparagus
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 oz. crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 loose c mozzarella
  • truffle oil

Crust 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 550 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Add yeast and warm water to a medium sized bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.  Add flour and mix until combined.  
  3. On a floured surface press dough into a ball.  You may need to add more water or flour depending on if the dough is too dry or wet.  Let dough rest while you prep the asparagus and steak.
  4. Place asparagus on a baking sheet.  Toss in olive oil, sea salt, and pepper and bake for 5 minutes.  Once done remove from oven and set aside.
  5. Heat a grill pan over medium heat.  Add steak and cook for 30-60 seconds on each side or until desired level of doneness is achieved.  Remove and slice into thin strips.
  6. Add the steak strips to a medium sized bowl, drizzle with buffalo sauce and toss so that all pieces are coated.
  7.  Add olive oil to a cast iron griddle.  Press the dough out into a 8" x 10" rectangle on the griddle.  The dough may slightly crack as you press it out into the rectangle, if it does simply pinch it back together.  Put in oven and bake for 3-4 minutes.  You don't want the crust to completely bake but to bake enough that it can hold the heaviness of the steak without turning soggy.
  8. Add steak, then asparagus on top of crust.  Top with mozzarella and blue cheese.  Drizzle with truffle oil and return to the oven and bake for 4-5 minutes {until the mozzarella cheese is starting to brown and getting bubbly}.  
  9. Remove from oven and cut into 4 pieces.  Enjoy!

Blue Fig and Chicken Salad With Peach Dressing

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Okay, I know I have said it before but I love Spring.  Right now I am going through a ready to mix it up food wise phase.  I am ready for Spring produce and wine.  I know wine is good at any time!  I just get excited to go wine tasting this time of year.  Although it may be a little harder to do that now...  because nobody will look at you weird if you bring a baby to a wine tasting, right??  I guess we need to invite some grandparents to come stay.

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This food excitement has me to drooling over so many cookbooks right now.  I cannot for the life of me decide which ones I want to get first.  Here are the ones I have been eyeing.

Deliciously Ella

Inspiralized

Make it Paleo ll

The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon

One-Pot Paleo

Mediterranean Paleo Cooking

Plenty More:  Vibrant Vegetable Cooking From London's Ottolenghi

I know there are some I am missing, it seems I find a new one I want daily.  What about you guys?  Which ones are you wanting?

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This salad, oh this salad.  It is by far one of my favorite salads ever and the only salad I can get myself to order when we eat at one of our favorite restaurants in town.  There are soooo many good sounding salads there too.  I just love this one so much and since we rarely eat out it makes it hard to order something different.  It is a super simple salad, but the few ingredients it features are some of my favorites... figs, blue cheese, prosciutto, chicken and a peach dressing.  Yum.

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Blue Fig and Chicken Salad with Peach Dressing

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

Dressing

  • 3 slices organic frozen peaches
  • 1/2 c + 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/8 c red wine vinegar
  • sea salt
  • black pepper

Salad

  • 1 grilled chicken breast, sliced
  • 2-3 slices prosciutto or pancetta
  • 3-4 handfuls of mixed lettuce {spring mix}
  • 1/4 c dried figs, sliced
  • 1/8 - 1/4 c blue cheese

Directions:

Dressing

  1. Add peaches, EVOO, and red wine vinegar to a blender and blend until combined.  Add sea salt and pepper to taste.

Salad

  1. Add lettuce to plate.   Top with chicken breast, prosciutto or pancetta, dried figs, and blue cheese.  Drizzle with salad dressing and enjoy!
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