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Pineapple Whip

I want ice cream more often than not. Not sorbet-ice cream. Or at the very least a sherbet. But I also want to not be roughly the size of Mount St. Helen.

Pineapple whips are a nice way to satiate that particular beast.  They can be a little tricky though. I learned early on that, while you want to use frozen pineapple, it's best you freeze your own. Unripe pineapple is bitter.

For some reason, pineapple breaks down into a creamy treat. Want it creamier? Add a banana or two. You don't really taste them under the pineapple.

There are lots of recipes out there, but right now I'm enjoying one I've made that's kind of a raspberry amaretto. Best part? It can also be a creamy, vegan treat. Swap out the honey for some simple syrup or go sans sugar all together. Nut allergy? Swap our almond for vanilla or another flavoring. Try adding coconut milk and other fruits for different flavors and textures.

3 cups frozen pineapple chunks
2 frozen bananas
6 oz. raspberries
1/4 tsp.…

National Chocolate Chip Day: Low-Cal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday was National Chocolate Chip Day, and I missed it. But it inspired me.

I'm back on the food train, which means I'm really watching my calories. But after seeing all of those pictures, I really wanted chocolate chip cookies. So, I skimmed through the internet, and couldn't find a single cookie that looked low cal, easy, and edible.

Lucky you.

These sweet, warm and gooey treats are sure to make you sing. Better yet, each has about the same amount of calories as a double-stuffed oreo, but it way more satisfying with their normal cookie size.

6 Tbsp. Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener
2 Tbsp. salted butter, softened
2 Tbsp. plain, fat free Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk drink
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup self-rising flour
1/4 cup quick oats, pulsed in a blender/processor
1/4 cup Ghirardelli's 60% Cocoa Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 350F.Cream together sweetener, butter, yogurt, milk, and vanilla.Stir in oatmeal until well combined.Stir in flour unt…

Angel Food with Lemon Curd

It was my Mama's birthday this week, as well as Mother's Day, so I wanted to do something special and decided to make her favorite cake from scratch. I only thought I knew what I was getting into.

It turns out that Angel Cake makes you pay for its deliciousness, and while the box is indeed quicker, I feel you get what you pay for with this one.

So, I used Alton Brown's Angel Food Cake recipe for the cake, and this pretty much fail proof Lemon Curd recipe from Wicked Good Kitchen. You might recognize it from my Lemon Curd Pie with Shortbread Crust.

12 egg whites, room temperature in the biggest bowl you have
1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup warm, not hot, water
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup cake flour, sifted

Once your egg whites are room temp, move your oven rack to the very bottom, and preheat oven to 350F.In a small bowl, sift half of the sugar, and all of the flour together. I just use a balloon whisk because I…

Smokey Black Bean & Mushroom Burgers

I had my big end of the school year shebang for my tutors and TAs, despite the power having gone out, again. Thank you engineers, for the invention of the generator.

This year was tricky, because a large chunk of my staff was vegetarian, and a few were vegans, so the grilled chicken drumsticks weren't going to work.  I scoured the internet for black bean burger recipes, got an idea of how it's done, and then pretty much ignored everyone. One calls for egg, another for cumin, etc.

These were a hit! Even the meat eaters loved them! They ate them all. In fact, they ate so many that we ran out of vegan buns and had to open up my bread for the week, and I don't have a picture! I'll add one the next time I make them.

3-15 oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups diced baby bella mushrooms
1 cup chopped kale (or spinach)
1 1/2-2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
1 small onion finely, chopped
1 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. salt
1/4-1/2 tsp. liquid smoke
3 Tbsp. minced ga…