Strawberry (Vegan) Ice Cream

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My bestie from college invited us out to her house for a slumber party…3 old college roommates & all our men in one house, how fun! And my bestie’s adorable 10 month old daughter will be the main squeeze. We are planning on BBQ’ing all day today – grubbing & slurping on some cocktails.

Of course some major girl chat will be going on. So what to make when you get a few old school friends in one room…ice cream!! Lets get to it!

  1. Rinse off 1lb strawberries, chop off the leaves/stem & freeze for at least 1 hour before (can be frozen for weeks)
  2. After an hour , add the 1lb of strawberries, 1/2C Lite Firm Nasoya Tofu & 1t Stevia (add as much Stevia as your taste buds can handle) in a blender/Vitamix 
  3. Pulse until pureed, scrape down sides & add water if needed  (I added ~ 1/2C water) – make sure to add the water slowly (1T at a time), as you do not want to over process & turn this to liquid (that would be a major bummer!)

Serve immediately as is or add cacao nibs for a little extra crunch!  If you decide to freeze for later allow 10-15minutes for the sorbet to soften at room temperature before serving.

Amidst taste testing this, both the hub & I realized that this could be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dessert or a snack – heck why not even dinner! Plus, we even got into a convo about our imaginary kids & how when they get older this will be the only ‘ice cream’ they will eat, maybe even make popsicles out of these. So tasty, simple ingredients & quick to make!

Nutritional Info Per Scoop (8 Scoops): 25 calories – <1 gram of fat – 4 carbs – 1 gram of protein

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Meatless Monday: Asparagus & Tofu Spring Roll

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Regardless of yet another winter storm headed our way I am springing into spring with these rolls! Lunch, appetizer or dinner this a a great dish – flavorful & so light. Hope you enjoy!

  • Drain and slice Nasoya Firm Lite tofu into 10 equal rectangles, then cut each piece into 4 strips 
  • Grab skillet & spray with cooking oil – sear strips of tofu until golden brown, set aside
  • In a pot steam 20 trimmed  (6″) asparagus spears until tender crisp, drain then cut lengthwise, set aside
  • Fill a bowl with hot water and soak one rice paper wrapper at a time, let soften (15seconds) and  remove, let excess water drip off & lie flat on a clean/dry surface
  • Center 2-3 tofu strips in the bottom portion of the wrap – leaving a 1″ border on either side
  • Layer with 3-4 asparagus halves, 2 pieces of sliced avocado, shredded carrots & a few leaves of both fresh mint and fresh basil
  • Fold the wrapper over the filling and roll into a tight cylinder, folding in the sides as you go
  • Repeat until all of your fillings are used

For Dipping Sauce:

  • Whisk together: 1/3C braggs, juice from 1 lemon, 2T orange juice, 2T mirin & 1/4t fresh ground red pepper

Cut each roll in half & serve with dipping sauce!

I made the original recipe yesterday, which can be found here. Only thing different from the above is the use of salmon instead of tofu. I baked 5oz of salmon at 400degrees for 20minutes. It was just as simple & delicious!

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Nutritional Info Per Tofu Roll (Makes 10 Rolls): 65 calories – 2 grams of fat – 9 carbs – 5 grams of protein
Nutritional Info Per Salmon Roll (Makes 10 rolls): 80 calories – 3 grams of fat – 9 carbs – 5 grams of protein
 

hot lunch: Tuna Casserole for 2

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Leftover jumbo shells? Sure did in my house – after making the ever so tasty tofu stuffed shells last night I had half a box of jumbo shells already cooked & in tupperware piled in the fridge. With the mix of leftover shells, a rainy day in the city & the hub home from work early I decided to make lunch – tuna casserole for two!

  • Preheat oven to 350degrees
  • Cook remainder of jumbo shells for ~11minutes, slice up once cooled & set aside (mine were already cooked from night before)
  • On stovetop mix: 1T EarthBalance original butter, 2T whole wheat flour, 1C chicken broth, 1/2C frozen peas & S/P to taste – once blended combine two containers of drained tuna (we always buy tongal tuna no salt added) – stir in cut up noodles
  • Grab baking dish & pour tuna/noodle mixture in
  • Sprinkle whole wheat breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast & S/P on top
  • Cover with aluminum foil & let bake for 20minutes

Most likely you have all these ingredients in your pantry/fridge – if not improvise! I am sure you could make this tasty & quick lunch or dinner in a variety of ways. Try it out!

…and just incase you were wondering about the O.L.C on the dish – I found this plate at the amazing Fishs Eddy in NYC last week. They have a pretty rad selection of vintage dishes as well as any sort of serving dish you can imagine! Anywho. I saw this dish & grabbed for it – I went to Our Lady Christian for grade school (get it? O.L.C.) so I had to have and this dish & this lunch kind of reminded me of old school home cooking from my mom when I was in grade school so I had to pull it out for the photo!

Nutritional Info Per Serving (Serves 2): 500 calories – 9 grams of fat – 67 carbs – 46 grams of protein 
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