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I made a delicious mango smoothie using Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream, (recipe at Elana's Pantry) which is made from raw cashews. The Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream is delicious freshly made, it's similar to soft serve vanilla ice cream. But once frozen, it turns as hard as ice. A perfect way to use up these hard frozen bits is to make smoothies.
Last night I shopped at Costco. I was having a bit of an anxiety attack until I got to Costco, because the price of vegetables (which I eat a lot of) has doubled and I guess will even triple here soon. Thankfully Costco hadn't raised all their prices, but I will brace myself for it to happen next week.
As a result of the anxiety, I found myself having some cravings, and I couldn't pass the lovely ripe mangoes which were 9 for $7.99. I also bought a Costco roasted chicken. I had to do something to counteract the smell of pizza wafting into my nose for the remainder of my 35 mile drive home. My son asked me to please order him a Costco pizza. It smelled good, but I wasn't tempted. That's because I was chowing down on the roasted chicken. Not organic or grass fed, but the sign said no MSG and I think it also said no gluten. Once home, I ate the ripest mango. Then I ate half of one of the wonderfully delicious perfectly ripe avocados I'd also purchased from Costco. I had to really work to persuade myself to go out and feed the goats and milk. It doesn't take too long since the girls aren't giving me much milk, but they still have to be milked at least once a day. When I got back in… I ate another mango… I think I ate another one somewhere along the way…
I have been avoiding fruit for the past week or so, and I guess I just couldn't take it another minute, at least not when coupled with my fear that I won't be able to eat soon.
Now I know many of my readers who follow GAPS are eating organic vegetables and pay far more than I am able, and you probably think $1.69 for a green bell pepper is cheap, since Whole Paycheck, sorry I mean Whole Foods sells them for $5.99 EACH. But I am accustomed to buying green bell peppers 4 for a $1, or 3 for $1, or maybe two for a dollar but I have never paid one dollar for one green bell pepper and it panics me to think of paying $1.69 for one green bell pepper.
I started to feel like I'm not going to be able to afford to eat here pretty soon. It scared me, and I guess it caused me to go on a bit of a binge.
Here is one last secret confession: I have been eating salami with nitrates from Costco. I went on a search last night to see why nitrates are so very bad for us, and found that they are a carcinogen. That's nice. I have been poisoning myself for the past couple of weeks.
I found some salami that does not have nitrates but it costs $7.99 for eight ounces. The name brand is Boar's Head. It is very delicious, but I can eat the entire stick over a day or two.
I resolve to stop buying the salami with nitrates.
Now, I should get to my recipe… last night, I put the ripest mango in the refrigerator. This morning as I was trying to figure out what I wanted for breakfast, I spotted the mango. And then I remembered the leftover hard frozen cashew nut ice cream. And our hens have been giving us 1 to 3 eggs a day, so I have some good healthy eggs on hand… finally, here is my recipe.
- 1/2 cup hard frozen cashew nut ice cream/milk, chopped into small chunks
- 1 cup mango, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 egg yolks
Mix the items together before putting into the blender. Here is what that looks like:
The chunks of cashew nut ice cream looks like pieces of cauliflower, don't they? 🙂 You can see the egg yolk mixed around on the mango and the cashew nut ice cream.
Blend until smooth. You may have to remove the cup and shake up and down to distribute the larger chunks of ice cream.
This is the kind of thing I need when I see those smoothies at the store, or milk shakes, or soft serve ice cream. Then I just tell myself I can make my own that's good for me, tastes a hundred times better and is naturally sweetened to boot!
Let me know if you try this smoothie, can't wait to hear what you think of it!
- ½ cup hard frozen cashew nut ice cream/milk, chopped into small chunks
- 1 cup mango, chopped
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 egg yolks
- Mix the items together before putting into the blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- You may have to remove the cup and shake up and down to distribute the larger chunks of ice cream.