February 26, 2011

Banana nut ice-cream

Banana nut ice-cream

Today I've started stocking up on lots of meat, fish, poultry and eggs, and I'm trying to get rid of most of the fruit I have left.
I even cleaned my freezer! I just took my blowdryer and the whole thing was emptied, cleaned and filled back up again in under 20 minutes. Without water damage ;)
Seems like my diet and working out are making things like household chores much easier to get started with too. I used to put them off as often as I could, but now it hardly takes me any effort anymore.

At the supermarket I found myself some nice sustainably caught smoked mackerel, steak tartar, chipolata sausages (my favourites), chicken, turkey and some stewing meat. (all organic)
I used to have my doubts about egg consumption, as Loren Cordain clearly states in his book (The Paleo Diet) that you shouldn't eat more than 6 eggs a week. But I got some tips, did some reading and turns out eggs are really healthy and you can eat lots of them. To make them even healthier, it's best to buy omega-3 enriched eggs (to improve the omega 3/6 ratio). Turns out, my local supermarket has those eggs so I bought a dozen right away.
Apparently these eggs have a 'Happy Chicken Guarantee', and are approved by the Dutch animal protection society. So I guess that's good to know, but it still made me smile when reading it. Whoever thought a guarantee like that existed..

Anyway, there's a big beef stew on the stove right now, I figured if I were going to clean out my freezer I better use most of the stuff that's in it. I still had 750g of beef in there, waiting to be turned into a stew. So I added some onions, tomatoes, carrot and a green pepper and some spices, and all in all it makes a really tasty stew. I'm going to freeze a part of it to enjoy later on.
It's so easy, I just defrost it overnight, sautee some frozen spinach, add the beef stew and have it for breakfast. Yum!
I guess going without fruits and nuts for a while won't be so hard after all!

Apple crisp 2    Apple crisp 1

Of course I couldn't bear saying my 'goodbyes' to fruit and nuts without enjoying them for the last time..
I made myself a wonderful apple crisp, following Jen's recipe, and it was very, very good! (and yes, I ate the whole bowl at once.. soo tasty..)

And I also made some banana nut ice-cream to enjoy this evening! Yum!

Banana nut ice-cream (serves 2)
- 2 bananas
- 2 medjool dates
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup cashew nuts
- 1/4 cup almond butter (saltless)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
2. Pour the mixture into your ice-cream maker and follow the instructions.
Or: pour the mixture into a fridge container, close it with a lid and put it in the freezer. Stir your ice-cream well every 30 to 45 minutes, to prevent ice-crystals from forming. In total this will take about 5 hours until it's reached your desired consistency.

2 comments:

  1. Hmmm...Beef stew for dinner, followed by banana nut ice cream and apple crisp for dessert. Why do I think I would gain weight if I ate like this???

    I had been thinking about asking you about making a good crust for an apple pie, and came across this post.

    I love apple pie with whipped cream, but have never made a crust without the usual flour. Do you have an idea for an almond meal crust?

    I finally went up snowshoeing today, but the snow was so deep I sank 1/2 meter with each step, and I only made it half-way up the mountain. It was a bit depressing to turn back, but I figure I will live to try again some other time. It was still a very good 2-hour workout.

    Still thinking about making the "black and white cake" from Elana's Pantry...perhaps tomorrow after I get back from the farmer's market.

    I looked into getting celeriac (to make your fries) at Whole Foods, and it was $4 a pound! At that price I can almost buy grass-fed beef...

    Have a great Sunday!

    Robert

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  2. Yeah, you definitely gain weight by eating all of that.. That's why I'm skipping breakfast today, I'm simply not hungry. The whole meal was really good though ;)
    I'll send you an email with a pie crust recipe soon!

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