Posted in dairy free, Food, healthy ice cream, mom cooks, summer, writing

Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Serves: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

Almond Butter Ice Cream

3 medium bananas, sliced and frozen

¼ cup Coconut Cream 🥥

½ cup Organic Almond Butter – unsalted & unsweetened- Creamy

3 tablespoons Organic Maple Syrup

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract (optional)

Almond Butter Swirl

• ¼ cup Organic Almond Butter – unsalted & unsweetened- Creamy

Directions:

  1. Add bananas to a Food Processor . Blend until crumbly. Add coconut cream and blend until smooth.
  2. Add ½ cup almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the processor as needed.
  3. Pour half of the mixture into a freezer-friendly – used Pirex . Tap the container a few times to create an even layer. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of almond butter over this layer of ice cream in a large zigzag pattern, creating big pockets of almond butter. Keep it uneven for more chunky swirls.
  4. Pour the remaining half of the ice cream mixture over the almond butter swirl.
  5. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of almond butter over the ice cream. Dip a butter knife straight down into the ice cream, almost hitting the bottom of the container. Gently swirl the knife around the ice cream in a clockwise motion–starting near the edge of the container and ending in the center, creating pretty almond butter swirls. Do not over-stir, as that will fully mix the almond butter into the ice cream and remove swirls.
  6. Freeze for 3-4 hours, or until completely frozen. Allow to thaw for 4 minutes before scooping.
  7. Sprinkle Cacao Nibs & Coconut Chips Toasted for a crunchy delight!

Happy & Healthy Summer⛱

©️Kalida Corner

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Light Lunch

Ingredients:

For 4 wild salmon filets (6 oz each)

  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt (as desired)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Parchment Paper sheet

For the basil bruschetta: (makes 2 1/4 cups)

  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin oil
  • 1 tbsp  balsamic vinegar
  • Himalayan salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste ( as desired)
  • 2 medium vine ripe tomatoes
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, choppedKalida Corner

Directions:

  1. Combine onion, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, 1/4 tsp salt and pepper. Set aside a 5 minutes.
  2. Chop tomatoes and place in a large bowl. Combine with garlic, basil, onion-balsamic combo and additional salt and pepper to taste. Set aside and let it sit at least 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350. Place the parchment paper on a baking sheet and place the filets on the top of the paper.
  4. Drizzle olive oil on the filets, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 2 minutes
  6. Serve topped each with generous 1/2 cup basil bruschetta.
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Make it Healthy

Here’s my favorite healthy mashed thyme-potatoes recipe:

  • Ingredients:

2 cups organic Russet potatoes (skin on)

2 cups veggie stock/broth.  Directions for Veggie Broth

2 tbsp grass-fed ghee

2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme or rosemary

2 cloves garlic, minced ( used 1tbsp garlic paste)

1 tsp ginger paste

1 tsp Himalayan salt ( as desired)

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • Directions
  1. Cut your potatoes into fourths and boil in the stock for 10-15 minutes, until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, in a wide bowl combine the rest of the ingredients ( thyme, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper, and ghee).
  3. Transfer potatoes to the mixed ingredients bowl and add 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
  4. Mash with the potato masher.
  5. Mix well; stir in more broth or stock as needed for desired consistency.

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Kale Lovers

  • Ingredients

3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan salt (as desired)

1 bunch kale, leaves thinly sliced and ribs removed

1/4 cup dates

1 medium Honeybear Apple

1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted Toast Almond Directions

1-ounce Pecorino, finely grated (1/4 cup)

Freshly ground black pepper

  • Directions

  1. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, and salt in a large bowl. Add the Kale, toss to coat and let stand 10 minutes.
  2. While the Kale stands, cut the dates into thin slivers and the apple into thin matchsticks. Add the dates, apples, almonds, and cheese to the kale.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and toss well

Enjoy!

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Kale Salad
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Parfait for Breakfast

Bottom Layer Ingredients: Almond Banana Mousse

  • 1 large banana
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk unsweetened

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Middle Layer Ingredients: Chia Mix

  • 1/4 c chia seeds
  • 3/4 c Almondmilk Unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

Top Layer Ingredients: Mashed Raspberries

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

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The Authentic Sound

 

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It is the authentic sound that should resonate in our hearts.

 

 

©Kalida Corner

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Cacao & Rolled Oats Smoothie

In a blender, add:

1 cup of sweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 cup of frozen sliced bananas, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1/2 cup of Gluten free rolled oats, 1 tablespoon of raw cacao, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds.

Blend until smooth.

Pour into two small cups and top them with slices of bananas, coconut chips, cacao nibs, chia seeds, and bee pollen.

Happy Healthy Monday 🌷

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Page 245

Our lives are like a book, with scrambled pages that we wrote while living. Every single page signifies our emotions, actions, and tones. Through these pages, we see for ourselves who we’ve become and who we want to be! Through these pages, we erase an experience and craft a better version of ourselves; through these pages, we can be where we want to be.

Approaching a new year, I flip through the pages of the aging one like I’m re-reading and analyzing a book; I grab my orange sharpie and start highlighting words that require replacement and striking out sentences that interrupt the reading pace, and foremost adding rhythm to every flipped page.

Moms. Dads. Family members. Workers. Single moms. Everyone. Applaud yourselves for your hard work this year. Look at the mirror, but this time for a significant purpose, that does not include shaving beard or putting make-up on. This time, wipe all the excess of your days and look through your eyes. Feel your heart beating. Listen to the sound of the air coming in and out of your nose while inhaling and exhaling. Gaze at yourself without thinking, just breathing and feeling and seeing who you’ve become.

Myself. Self-work is not done. I’m still in the process of fathoming life. I’m still an avid learner who believes that applying what I’ve learned is the challenge. As I look at myself, I see a self-healing and demanding deeper change. A self-healing, demanding her own image to apply uplifting changes, which are personal for each one of us, yet alike —

Yesterday, as I opened 2017 book and flipped to page 245, I realized what I’ve crafted with my own hands on a rainy day. I crafted an iron mask around my own heart, and I detached it from my body: without arteries to carry blood away and let go of the pain and loss and tears. Yes, I admit it: It hurts.

Being moms, we feel the need to manage our feelings against criticism of life and raw dialect; we feel the need to be role models to our children and teach them about life that “we” parents are still learning about; we feel the need to stay strong to the ones we love and lost because that’s what they’ve taught us and aimed us to be.

Yes, on page 245 is where you find orange highlights everywhere, fragmental writing structure, erased events, and serious tone. It’s a page in my book that I re-opened before 2017 comes to an end, and set my heart free and far away from mourning for her absence in my life. She is the woman who taught me not to follow her foot steps in life and solely follow God. She’s the woman who gave me the courage to open my ears to the resonance of his voice inside of me and gently move my lips to vibrate hearts with words of faith and love. She’s the woman who taught me to take care of my well-being and appreciate sorrow as much as happiness.

As a fresh year arrives, I skim through the last pages of the year and seal off traces of grief; I seize a brand-new book entitled “2018”, with 365 empty pages, and upheld by a humble, grateful, and motivated being.