No Churn Dairy Free Mint Chip Ice Cream

Dairy Free Mint Chip Ice CreamOne of the hardest store bought products to find that has clean ingredients is a tasty dairy free ice cream. The sugar content is either astronomical or the ingredients have names I cannot pronounce.Due to the lack of options out there, I REALLY wanted to try making my own ice cream. I refused however to bring one more kitchen appliance into our apartment. I also know I’m not the only person who does not own an ice cream maker so I thought… so wouldn’t it be amazing if we could just make it in a food processor or blender? I remembered all the times I have made ice cream by simply placing frozen fruit (bananas) into my Vitamix. I realized I needed to get the ice cream base frozen without the machine – but how? Well, how else do you get liquids frozen? Ice cube trays!

The only down side I’d say to this process is the wait time for the liquid to freeze. I recommend preparing this ice cream the night or day before you want it because it needs at least 8 hours to freeze. Once processed in the blender, it needs another 2 hours or so to set up again. But- then it lasts in the freezer for weeks and you only need a few ingredients!

I am thrilled to share this recipe with you. It was one of the most exciting recipe accomplishments to date. I will note that it is refreshingly minty from the added fresh mint. You can leave this out, but I find it is what makes it taste almost restaurant quality. I hope you are enjoying your summer and of course, eating lots of ice cream!
Dairy Free Mint Chip Ice Cream
Dairy Free Mint Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients:

• 2 cans (400 ml) organic full fat coconut milk
• 1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves (optional)
• 1/2 cup honey*
• 1/2-3/4 tsp pure peppermint extract (depending on how minty you like it)
• 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
• 1 1/2 tsp arrowroot starch
• 1/3 chopped 70% dairy free dark chocolate

*a lighter flavoured maple syrup will work too!

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients except for the chocolate into a high powered blender. Blend until fresh mint has completely blended.

2. Pour mixture into ice cube trays (I like silicone ones) and freeze until solid (about 6-8 hours).

3. Once frozen solid, blend the cubes in a high powered blender (I use Vitamix) or food processor in batches. Don’t do them all at once. Blend until smooth and creamy and transfer to a loaf pan.

4. Mix your chocolate into the ice cream. Smooth out surface and place back into the freezer for up to 2 hours to re-solidify.

5. Scoop and serve!
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Pineapple, Raspberry and Mint Summer Smoothie

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With warm weather approaching, this refreshing smoothie will hydrate and cool you down on the hottest of days! Packed with loads of fiber  and vitamins, this one will keep you full and make your skin glow. Feel free to add protein powder, avocado or nut butter to up your protein and healthy fat intake. Now, go make this and enjoy the warm weather!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

•1 cup chopped fresh pineapple (frozen will work well too!)
•1 cup fresh raspberries (frozen will work well too!)
•1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (fresh makes a world of a difference!)
•½ cup chopped cucumber
•1 tsp chia seeds
•7-8 mint leaves
•1 cup of ice

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth!
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Herbed Walnut Quinoa with Honey Balsamic Grilled Peaches

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Quinoa as we all know by now is super grain because of its unique characteristics. Quinoa is a complete protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. This makes it a great meal for vegans and vegetarians or as a substitute for rice or other grains and starches. I’ve seen this grain used in so many great ways. Like rice, it is versatile and can be used in savoury and sweet dishes. Plus, it is naturally gluten free! I like to cook my quinoa in vegetable or chicken stock to let the grain absorb all that flavour. This will reduce the amount of sauce, oil, dressing etc.. you will need to flavour the mild tasting grain. It is a must for this recipe! You can make your own veg stock or buy low sodium organic stock or broth in most grocery stores. The ingredients should only include vegetables, no funky chemicals or added salt.

Now that summer is here, everyone is craving those light refreshing flavours. Fresh herbs and citrus are always in my fridge for fresh teas and juices. They also add great light flavour to desserts and main dishes alike without adding unwanted oils, sauces etc… I really wanted to make a quinoa that was both sweet and savoury but really refreshing and light at the same time. By grilling the peaches with honey and balsamic they get a beautiful caramelization and smoky flavour that combines beautifully with the crunchy walnuts and savoury quinoa. Dressed in lightly acidic vinaigrette and fresh mint and parsley makes it a perfect merry of vibrant flavours! If you eat dairy it would go perfectly with some crumbled goat cheese or salty feta (yes, I do miss cheese sometimes). This is DELICIOUS with fish or a great light lunch on its own. I had on top of some raw kale for a protein packed lunch and it was so filling! Remember that for every cup of uncooked quinoa you will get about 3 cups cooked. So reduce or add more depending on how many this will serve! Make sure to adjust the seasonings if you change the amount of quinoa! Bon appetit!
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Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

• 2 cups quinoa
• 4 cups vegetable stock
• 1/2 tsp of salt (or to taste)
• 1 tsp of pepper
• 2 white peaches (or your favourite kind) (chopped 1/2 inch cubes)
• 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
• 1 tsp honey
• 1 tbsp coconut oil
• 1/2 cup walnuts
• 2 sprigs mint (chopped)
• 1/4 cup parsley (chopped)
• 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
• 1/4 cup good extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tsp red wine vinegar
• juice of 1 lemon

Directions:

1. Rinse quinoa well in a fine mesh sieve. Bring quinoa and vegetable stock to boil in saucepan; cover. Cook on medium-low heat 10 to 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.

2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the peaches. In a medium bowl whisk the balsamic vinegar and honey until combined. Toss the chopped peaches in the mixture until well coated.

3. Melt the coconut oil in grill pan or brush BBQ. Cook the peaches on mediium-high heat until caramelized. (3-4 minutes… you still want them to have bite!)

4. In a large serving bowl whisky together the chopped mint and parsley, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar and juice of one lemon, salt and pepper.

5. Take the cool cooked quinoa and toss in the dressing until combined. Add walnuts and peaches. Enjoy!
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