*TWO INGREDIENT* {Vegan} Banana Ice Cream

Perfect for…Breakfast. Pre-Workout. Post-Workout. Dessert. Anytime. All the Time.

Tip: Think ahead. Always, and I mean always, keep frozen bananas on hand. I buy an extra 2-3 bananas each week to freeze. They are essential for ice cream and a lovely addition to smoothies.


Instructions

Step 1: Freeze 2 large or 3 small very ripe bananas. (Soft, spotty, and browning bananas are the perfect sweetness for ice cream.) Peel and cut into chunks before freezing.

Step 2: When ice cream craving hits, thaw bananas on counter for ~5 minutes. Grab food processor or high-powered blender. Dump in bananas and add 2-3 tablespoons of soy milk, for ultimate creaminess.

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Starting Point

Step 3: Blend on high for ~1-2 minutes.

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Midpoint

Step 3: Stop blending. Scrape down sides and/or push stubborn banana chunks down towards blade.

Step 4: Blend on high for another ~1-2 minutes or until consistency of soft-serve is achieved. See ↓↓↓ for example.

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Finished Product

That’s it.

>Four super simple steps.

>Two ingredients. And don’t skip the soy milk – it makes the creamy, fluffy texture, just like the “real” stuff.

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Recipe can serve two, but I enjoy this guilt-free treat all to myself! No shame!

And don’t forget the toppings…

  • fresh/dried fruit
  • nuts and seeds
  • cocao nibs
  • nut butter
  • coconut flakes

…the sky’s the limit.

Today, I topped mine with chopped dried figs, banana slices, and chia seeds. Tasted pretty darn good after a hard leg day.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and give it a go. It can also be used as a “base recipe” for other fruit ice cream. Try blending in frozen berries, pineapple, or mango. Feeling very adventurous? Try spinach. Need a protein boost? Try a scoop of protein powder. Chocoholic? Try cocoa powder.

Let me know what fun variations you try.

~Katie J.

Seventy-Nine Dollars

This week’s grocery bill.

Not bad ‘eh? Considering we used to spend $130 each week before switching to plant-based eating. And yes, that was just for the two of us! We were quite the carnivores buying 5 pounds of meat and 7 dozen eggs per week + yogurt and cheese. Yikes!

Lower Grocery Bill – just one of the many perks of plant-based eating.

Where do we shop? The 99 Cent Only Store and Sprouts [we live in Southern California]. You can get ah-mazing deals at the 99 Cent Only Store and they are seriously everywhere!

Store #1: I bought all of this for just $13.23. Everything you see here is $1. Seriously? SCORE!

99 Cent Only Stores Haul -$13.23
99 Cent Only Stores -$13.23

Hard to believe, but you can find name brand, organic, and non-GMO food here.

My best finds this week:

  • Kashi Waffles (non-GMO)
  • Muir Glen Organic Pasta Sauce
  • Organic Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Beanitos (non-GMO) – [love these and normally $3.50]
  • Organic Jasmine Green Tea

Other Finds: roasted sunflower seeds, dried kidney beans, raisins, bagels, baby carrots, lettuce shreds, and broccoli slaw.

Just FYI, my current philosophy on organic and non-GMO food – whenever possible, I buy organic produce for those listed on the Dirty Dozen. For all other food, I buy organic or non-GMO whenever the price is reasonable and it makes sense. Overall, I strive for a whole food, plant-based eating pattern. And for me, that works.

Store #2: I bought all of this for $65.27. Strayed a bit from my list, but I love to try at least 1 new item each week. Pumped for green smoothies with mango and dried figs.

Sprouts - $65.27
Sprouts – $65.27

Produce: organic baby spinach, fresh basil, butternut squash, lemons, bananas, zucchini, jalapeño, avocados [duh – 4 per week, every week], onion, organic green pepper, oranges, cantaloupe [$0.98 this week!], purple sweet potatoes [haven’t had these since Hawaii], frozen mangos, and frozen shelled edamame.

Other: eggs, organic soy milk [protein baby…7 g/cup], OJ, chocolate almond milk, sprouted grain bread [my favorite], diced tomatoes, PB, dried figs, dark chocolate, veggie bouillon, brown rice, oats, flax seeds, and chia seeds.

PS: The eggs are for the hubs. I am #veganforlent. And I don’t do juice, his as well.

I hope this post inspires you to try at least 1 plant-based meal this week. There are many reasons to eat more plants, but if nothing else save yourself some money and then treat yourself to a mani/pedi!

In the comments, let me know how much you spend on groceries.

~Katie J.

To Try or Not to Try: Recipe Edition

Jam and Hummus and Granola Bars! Oh, My!

Just a few of the recipes I trialed on this #homemadeisbestmade Saturday. Read: the hubs was doing homework alllll day, so I got crafty in the kitchen. I’ll share worthy recipes in the future. Pinky Promise.

Saturday's Lunch - Smokey Black Bean Burgers
Saturday’s Late Lunch – Smokey Black Bean Burgers

Trying a new recipe is both exciting and scary. I know, how dramatic! But seriously, it’s a real commitment. Maybe you replace a weekly favorite. Or buy new or exotic ingredients. Or make it for friends or family. So you want it need it to be a WINNER.

Well, you are in luck! Because I am sharing my new favorite plant-based recipes. I have tried these, devoured these, and will make these again.

Smokey Black Bean Burgers Pictured above. Delicious. A bit time and labor intensive – save for the weekend.

Zucchini Spaghetti w/ Lentil Marinara 1. quick 2. easy 3. cheap. My favorite qualities for a weeknight meal! Add red pepper flakes for a little kick. Top w/ parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast, if vegan.

Butternut Squash Black Bean Enchiladas Very tasty, but again, a little time and labor intensive for a weeknight.

Spicy Potato Curry I had a feeling about this one – so I made a double batch. I was not wrong. The aroma for this meal was unreal (in a good way)!

Roasted Beet Hummus LOVE LOVE LOVE. So freaking gorgeous and aesthetic. Hands down, my favorite {new} recipe!

Roasted Beet Hummus
Roasted Beet Hummus for Ladies Wine Night

Give these recipes a try and let me know what you think!

And send me your favorite {plant-based} recipes, too!

Strawberry Banana Icecream
Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

With that, I am off to make some {just fruit} Ice Cream. Because I want to. And it’s Saturday night. Treat yourself!

Comment if you’d like the ice cream recipe.

~Katie J.

Leg Work: Home Edition

Do you like going to the gym on the weekends?

I used to. But these days, I prefer to hit the gym a few [week] nights/week. And then on the weekends, I’d rather be active outside. San Diego is gorgeous -> high-60’s and sunny all weekend! Talk about “perfect” weather.

So I’d rather be…

  • Hiking with the hubs
  • Walking to the store or to meet friends
  • Taking our dog on a long walk.

 

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Hampton does North Park

What a sweetie! How could I pass up spending time with her, doing her favorite things? Walking. Smelling. Peeing on EVERYTHING. Adorbs.

Although last (last) Sunday, after spending the morning at the dog park, I felt inspired to do an at-home workout. Confession: this doesn’t happen as much as it could/should seeing that I have an arsenal of dumbbells and a smidge of training experience. (Certified Personal Trainer * lifting for 3+ years * former bodybuilding competitor). Admittedly, I doubted the potential intensity of an at-home [leg] workout. I thought I was taking the easy way out by not going to the gym. Boy, was I WRONG.

  1. Afterwards, I nearly puked
  2. Soreness set in by the next AM.

What doesn’t challenge us doesn’t change us. The soreness confirmed this workout as a success and deemed it as a worthy share.

This workout can be modified by:

  1. decreasing the weight
  2. decreasing the reps/sets
  3. increasing the rest time.

Alternatively, you can definitely increase the intensity/difficulty of this workout – if you dare…

At-home Leg Workout ~40 minutes

Round Numero Uno
15 x Squats (held two 25# DB’s)
15 x Dumbell Step Up (bodyweight)
15 x Stiff Leg Deadlifts (held two 25# DB’s)
15 x One Leg Glute Bridges (placed one 8# DB on hips)
*Repeat 3x, then take 30-60 seconds rest before starting next round.

Round Numero Dos
15 x Sissy Squats (held two 25# DB’s)
15 x Jump Sumo Squats (held one 8# DB)
15 x Lying Leg Curl w/ DB (held one 8# DB w/ feet)
15 x Donkey Kicks w/ DB (held one 8# DB w/ crook of knee)
*Repeat 3x, then take 30-60 seconds rest before starting next round.

Round Numero Tres
15 x Kneeling Squats (held one 25# DB)
24 x Walking Lunges (bodyweight)
15 x Plie Squats (held one 25# DB)
15 x Calf Raises (bodyweight)
*Repeat 3x, then celebrate – you’re done!

Your future, shorts-wearing self will thank you for doing this workout. Summer is just around the corner! Let me know in the comments if you try this workout. Happy Monday friends/family.

-Katie J.

Throw Back - last year's photos for Shape.com article
Throw Back – last year’s photos for Shape.com article