Five Minute Ice Cream

…right out of the blender!

This recipe is a dessert party trick that impresses both kids and adults with your magical ability to seemingly create luscious berry ice cream out of thin air. Just say the words “ice cream” and five minutes later (about the time it takes to decide who’s going to run to the store and get some) you’ve got a dish of creamy berry deliciousness.

No ice cream-maker needed.

I’m also a big fan of recipes that are pure (3 ingredients) and simple.

Here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • one 10-oz. package of frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

1. Get some berries.

                                                                                                                                                        2.  Dump the berries into a food processor or blender with sugar. You can decide how chunky you want the berries. I liked them kind of roughly chopped, but just blend longer for a smoother consistency. The original recipe called for more sugar, but I cut it by about 1/3 and still felt like it was a bit too sweet for me. However, I personally prefer tart berries, so you be the judge!

4. While the blender/food processor is still running, pour in the cream. Try to stop as soon as it’s mixed, since the longer you blend it, the less thick it will be.

…after freezing for half an hour

If you overdo it, just stick it in the freezer for a few minutes. I put mine in for 30 minutes and it had the consistency of “real” ice cream!
You can definitely eat it right out of the bowl, though. I gave my dad a taste and he ran away with the whole dish and wouldn’t give it back. True story.
Taste-test approved.
Enjoy!
xo Serenity
 * note: I also tried a batch with 2% milk. It came out good, but (obviously) less creamy. It was more like sorbet. Still delicious, though! I think you could also use vanilla soy or almond milk (If you’re looking for another non-dairy treat, try these fudge popsicles.)  And of course, I’d like to try it with stevia for a sugar-free version. 


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Tortilla For One + Veggie Burger (Chickpea and Kale)

I cut the burger in half before actually rolling it up in the tortilla.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m living a pretty spartan existence this month (er, this year…) but that doesn’t mean that I have to live on prepackaged food, and neither do you. Having zero counters, one plate  and one bowl to mix things in just takes it down to the elemental. Come on, you probably have a real table, or at least a counter that’s not just your stove with a cutting board over it. So what’s your excuse not to cook?

You can make the tortilla dough ahead of time and roll them out one at a time, or you can make them individually, which is what I usually do because it really does only take 5 minutes (if that). I don’t use oil in the dough- I just find that it’s not necessary.

Yeah, I know. This does not look or sound good (a green burger?) but I swear, it was delicious!

This is a simple recipe for a veggie burger that uses chick peas, eggs, and bread crumbs as a base. I adapted the recipe quite  a bit, substituting kale for sprouts (only because I didn’t have any sprouts) and adding extra bread crumbs because the burger “batter” was pretty liquidy. I also added lemon juice because I thought they were a bit bland. The kale worked really well and the extra lemon juice really helped bring out the flavor.

I’m not exactly sure how this is different from falafel, but it doesn’t really matter, does it? It was delicious, especially when both are fresh and still warm from the pan.

Maybe you’re on a bit of a budget, you’ve got a bunch of  kids that you want to secretly feed kale to, or are  just trying to save up for a really expensive pair of shoes or an awesome trip somewhere (can I come?)

In any case, both of these recipes should delight your thrifty heart.

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