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Saturday, April 25, 2015

No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches // Loves Food, Loves to EatI’m not going to lie to you and tell you that these all-natural healthy-ish ice cream sandwiches replace the classic vanilla ice cream plus chocolate chip cookie combo. Because sometimes a gal just needs a scoop of full-fat, full-dairy ice cream between two buttery, sugary cookies. This gal dreams of that combo daily.

No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches // Loves Food, Loves to Eat But alas, this gal is almost 30, and moderation has recently joined cookies and ice cream (not to mention nachos, pizza, pork, cats, friends, family, and sunshine) in my list of life’s most important things. It’s tough out there for a five-foot tall gal with a dessert addiction and hips that don't lie. Extra cookies just have no where to hide on this short frame. And that's why sometimes we need desserts with a little less butter and a little less sugar, because I seriously eat dessert every single day. Now, that's not to say these don't have fat and sugar. But it's the good kind! 

No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches // Loves Food, Loves to Eat I've made Ashlae's no-bake cookies about 6 times since she posted the recipe. I just gotta have 'em in the freezer at all times. They're rich and creamy, and taste like a grown-up version of the classic no-bake cookie from elementary school. And they're made with just 5 ingredients (plus salt), which I always have in my house. Seriously obsessed. The other day, in a moment of weakness (shortly after dipping a tortilla chip in bacon grease…genius or terrifying, I’m not sure), I topped one of these cookies with a spoonful of ice cream, and it was magical. 

No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches // Loves Food, Loves to Eat I wanted to keep the natural, minimal-ingredient thing going, and what goes better with chocolate and peanut butter than banana!? So, here we have thin, creamy layers of chocolate-peanut butter-oat no bake cookies, with 2-ingredient banana ice cream in the middle. It’s basically oatmeal and a banana, so I’ve been having it for breakfast. And it’s practically a protein shake, so I’ve definitely been chowing down on these before working out. Honestly, I can’t stop eating these, and I think I have a problem. Help? 

Help yourself to a batch of these no-bake chocolate peanut butter banana ice cream sandwiches, is more like it! 

No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches
Cookies from Oh Lady Cakes

Plan ahead, there a few separate freezing steps, but trust me, it’s simple and worth it! 

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other all natural nut butter)
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup rolled oats

3 bananas, peeled, chopped, and frozen solid
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

To make cookies: Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. Add coconut oil through sea salt to a small sauce pan, and heat over medium, whisking until everything is melted and combined. Remove from heat and stir in oats. Spread mixture evenly in bottom of parchment lined dish. Freeze up to two hours, until solid. 

To make ice cream: Add bananas to a food processor, and blend until creamy (at first, the mixture will look crumbly, but eventually it all comes together in a smooth, creamy soft-serve), then add vanilla and blend until just combined. 

To assemble: Using a sharp knife, cut frozen cookie layer in half (just lift the parchment out of the dish to a cutting board, then put half the cookie back in the dish). Top half the cookie evenly with ice cream, then gently place the other half on top and smooth the edges. Freeze at least over night, until totally solid. Cut using a sharp knife while fully frozen. They melt pretty quickly, so enjoy right out of the freezer! 


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mexican-style Pita Cheeseburgers

Mexican-style Pita Cheeseburgers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
It’s a cheeseburger! It's a taco! It’s a pita sandwich! It’s a quesadilla! It’s a burgerpitacodilla! Or something. You guys! What is this thing!?

Mexican-style Pita Cheeseburgers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat I saw these lamb pita burgers on Bon Appetit, with the meat cooked right inside the pita, and couldn’t stop thinking about how rad they looked! But, I haven’t been feeling the lamb lately, ever since this weird thing happened with my mom’s dog. The other day my ma got Daisy a fresh lamb bone from the butcher, for her birthday. When Daisy smelled the lamb bone, she flipped out. Like, started shaking and whimpering, and ran and hid. Totally afraid of it. So I did a Google search and apparently this is a thing! A lot of dogs are afraid of the smell of lamb! I read one thing that said it’s because the strong gamey smell of lamb makes dogs think that you’re cooking and hurting living animals, like dogs, and it freaks them out! This was just a comment on a forum, so I mean, it could be total BS, but weird, right!? Ugh. So anyway, I’m just not feeling lamb at the moment… solidarity with my dog-sister. 

Mexican-style Pita Cheeseburgers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat But, it’s sunny outside, people are starting to break out their grills, and it’s only a few weeks until Cinco de Mayo. So I’m definitely feeling cheeseburgers and Mexican food, all day every day! 

Mexican-style Pita Cheeseburgers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat Here we mix plain ol’ ground beef with some Mexican spices, pepper jack cheese, and grated onion, and spread into a pita! See the gratuitous raw meat photo above! The whole thing gets smashed together and thrown on the grill, and served with guac. The meat is moist and cheesy from the grated onion and pepper jack, and the pita gets all crispy on the outside and kind of melts together on the inside. Also, I read in the original Bon Appetit article that you can spread the meat mix on the pitas ahead of time… how perfect is that!? When it’s fiesta time, the work is basically done! Get your burgerpitacodilla on! Pitacodillaburger? Quesapitacoburger? I don’t know. Just do it! 

Mexican-style Pita Cheeseburgers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat Pita Cheeseburgers, Mexican-style 
Makes 6-8 full pita burgers

1 lb ground beef (not the leanest, I used about 85/15. An 80/20 would work too)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Scant teaspoon salt
Fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoon grated white onion (about 1/4 of a large onion)
2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
1 cup grated pepper jack

6-8 pitas

Serve with guacamole, sour cream, bean dip, salsa, etc. 

Mix together ground beef through cilantro until well combined, and then stir in the grated cheese. Slice open each pita, so that you have two rounds for each one. Spread about 1/4 cup of beef mixture on half the pita, in a thin layer, all the way to the edges, and top with remaining pita half. Press together firmly.

Heat grill over medium-high heat, and grill each side for about 4 minutes, until beef is cooked through. 

To cook inside on an oven-safe grill pan: preheat oven to  400 degrees. Heat grill pan on stovetop over medium-high heat, and grill prepared pita for about a minute on each side just long enough to get grill marks, then put the whole pan in the oven for about 4-5 minutes, until beef is cooked through. 


Friday, April 17, 2015

You Never Remember Anything about Our Childhood

Loves Food, Loves to EatI was going through old documents and files on my computer, and found this thing I wrote for Amanda for her 30th birthday. I never ended up giving it to her, for whatever reason. We always joke (in a funny-'cause-its-true kind of way) that Amanda has the worst memory ever, and I exist to be her life historian, because I have a crazy good memory.

Anyway, I think this is perfect for a sunny Friday afternoon, and has me longing for hot, endless summer days! PS. That epic photo up there is my favorite family photo! So 80s/90s. The original hipsters. We actually have a series of these, because my dad would set the timer and run back for the perfect shot. Check out the expression I'm making...HA! So good.

TGIF, friends!

You Never Remember Anything about Our Childhood (So I Remember it All)
Vol 1. Summer.

Overexposed and faded. Pastel and neon.
It was the 90s, after all.
We had big box fans and spray bottles for AC.
We had jugs of sun tea brewing on the picnic table in the front yard.
Mom and dad called it the back yard, which never made sense.
Mom with her tanning oil and tube tops.
The blue and white striped one was our favorite. Because it was her favorite.
It was hot and dry. Never humid.
Everything was the color of wheat, from the sky to the grass to your sun-bleached hair.
Except for the garden. It was like a jungle.
Lush and green, cool and shaded. Full of life.
We went barefoot over a path of hot gravel.
Like firewalkers on burning coals.
We had tough soles back then. And tougher souls.
We had iced sun tea in jelly jars, nestled in the cool garden dirt.
Yours with sugar, mine plain. Never with lemon.
The water from the hose was always sizzling hot at first.
Straight from the well, it tasted like the hose.
Rubber and metal, and earth.
The roma tomatoes, covered in a light layer of dust.
They were our favorite. Because they were Richard’s favorite.
Farm to table. Minus the table.
And minus the farm.
When dad came home from work, we chased the dust down the driveway.
We got to eat dinner outside.
We got to have fruit salad with an icy scoop of lime sherbet.
On the deck in the back yard, which mom and dad called the front yard.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Strawberry Balsamic Vanilla Sodas

Strawberry Balsamic Vanilla Sodas // Loves Food Loves to EatI’m going to keep this pretty short and sweet.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Mochiko Chicken Musubi + Surprise Baby Shower!

Mochiko Chicken Musubi + Surprise Baby Shower! | Loves Food, Loves to Eat #EmsPigletPartyEmily, the hilarious gal behind The Pig & Quill, is making a human baby, and I'm making little baby sized chicken bites on a fluffy bed of rice, swaddled up all tight in a toasty seaweed blanket. Aww!!! It's practically the same! Right? No? Oh.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Classic Deviled Eggs

Classic Deviled Eggs // Loves Food, Loves to EatThere are a trajillion deviled egg recipes on the internet.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Flying South for the Winter

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Next week I’ll be:
A: Lounging on a sun-drenched beach, with snorkel gear and a tropical drink nearby.
B: Exploring a jungle filled with sloths, parrots, and monkeys. And no spiders. Let’s just pretend there are no spiders.
C: Touring one of the greatest civil engineering achievements of the 20th century.
D: All of the above.
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