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30 Days to a Food Revolution – Get Creative!

Over at one of my favorite gluten-free blogs, The W.H.O.L.E. Gang, a revolution is occurring. That’s right, a Food Revolution! Every day for 30 days, a different guest blogger is posting tips and a recipe using REAL food, in an attempt to further the Food Revolution brought about by Jamie Oliver. I’ve been following along eagerly, and I’m learning so much. Now, it’s my turn. If you visit The W.H.O.L.E. Gang here, you can check out my post about getting creative in the kitchen and where I share my quinoa salad recipe.

Of course, as I mention in my post, eating healthy isn’t all lettuce, all the time. It’s not even all about salads, although I love salads. Eating healthy also includes treats, and even ice cream! Of course, I’m not talking about the corn syrup-laden stuff found in a cardboard carton, full of preservatives and stabilizers. That’s not real food. And ice cream is so easy to make at home (and it can be economical!), that it should become part of your regular summer routine! (Your kids will love you for it.) This ice cream recipe came about as a result of too many avocados. You see, I belong to the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, and recently was lucky enough to receive a supply of California Avocados. I was excited, but when they arrived, I found that I had 13 perfectly ripe avocados. I knew I had to do something fast in order to use them at their prime – and making guacamole alone wasn’t going to cut it. Then I remembered an episode of Top Chef Masters, where Rick Bayless made an avocado ice cream. It was an “a-ha!” moment for me – I saw avocado ice cream in our future.

I surveyed what I had on hand. I didn’t have all of the ingredients that Rick used in his recipe, so I had to improvise. I grabbed a can of coconut milk, some honey, some almonds, and almond extract. Avocados, honey, almonds…sounded good to me! I toasted the almonds and chopped them, blitzed all of the other ingredients in the food processor (which took all of about a minute), and threw everything but the almonds in the ice cream maker. After folding the almonds in, and placing the ice cream in the freezer, all that I had left to do was wait. (And wash a few dishes, but hey, everything comes with a price.)

A few hours later, what emerged from the freezer was the creamiest, silkiest ice cream I’d ever eaten. While it didn’t really taste of avocados, it was gorgeously green and so good. It was a healthier treat (avocados are a great source of fiber, vitamin K, and potassium), but rich enough that it would be hard to over-indulge. In my mind, that’s a great combination.

Almond-Honey Avocado Ice Cream, adapted from Rick Bayless

1/3 c whole almonds, toasted

2 c avocado puree (4-5 Haas avocados)

1 c coconut milk

1 c honey

1 T tequila or other alcohol (can be optional, but your ice cream will set harder without it)

1 t almond extract

Chop almonds coarsely and set aside. Place avocado, coconut milk, honey, tequila, and almond extract in a food processor or blender and puree until well combined and silky smooth. Transfer to an ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s directions. Eat immediately for soft-serve, or freeze for a few hours. (No ice cream maker? Check out how to make ice cream without it!)

Also, check out Foodspring.com, where Amy of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free is currently competing in a blog contest! She’s the ONLY gluten-free blogger there, and she needs your support! Please vote and rate her post, and spread the word with friends!


Filed under Budget-Friendly, Dairy-Free, Desserts, Gluten-Free, Healthy Meals, Quick and Easy, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Celiac Awareness Month, a Gluten-Free Challenge, and a Food Revolution

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and the Gluten Intolerance Group and Pamela’s Products have teamed up to bring us the first-ever Gluten-Free Challenge! Many of us adhere to a gluten-free diet every day, but in an effort to increase awareness of celiac disease and a gluten-free diet, we are challenged to spend one weekend gluten-free. The challenge takes place on May 22 and 23, 2010. If you sign up for the challenge at http://www.gogfchallenge.com/, they will send you newsletters with tips and recipes to assist you through your challenge, so you won’t be totally in the dark. The challenge is completely free, and there are even chances to win cool gluten-free products.

If you don’t already eat gluten-free, I encourage you to take this challenge! If you are already gluten-free, tell your family and friends. If they’re reluctant, you might share with them some helpful hints on what they CAN eat that’s simple and naturally gluten-free, (think fresh vegetables, rice, chicken, steak, potatoes, some ice cream – you get my drift.) and that they don’t have to go out and shop for expensive gluten-free products. Also, check out recipes from any number of gluten-free blogs out there (I have quite a few on my Blog Love page), as I’m sure there will be something for everyone. The goal of this challenge is not to convert everyone to gluten-free; if gluten doesn’t give a person problems, there is no reason to eliminate it. However, those that must adhere to a gluten-free diet can at times feel isolated or different. Food is often a way to bring people together and a way to share valuable time with friends and family, but when one of those family members or friends is gluten-free, they cannot always take part in the sharing of foods. This challenge is to raise awareness, and to allow everyone to enjoy a meal together gluten-free, stress-free, and with the ones they love.

Next topic of importance – I’m participating in a Food Revolution! If you aren’t familiar, ABC is currently running a series called Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Jamie Oliver (a.k.a. The Naked Chef) is on a campaign to change the way America eats. After all, so much of the standard American diet is comprised of processed and fast foods and is otherwise unhealthy. Diane Eblin of The W.H.O.L.E. Gang became inspired (as many of us did) by Jamie Oliver’s campaign, and has designed a campaign of her own. Every day for 30 days (April 26-June 4), a different food blogger will be posting a recipe that is healthy and nutritious. Diane has graciously asked me to be a guest blogger for one of the days of this Revolution! We are encouraged to remake a dish, taking something that is commonly eaten in American homes in a processed or fast food form, and recreate the recipe to be wholesome.  The goal of this Revolution is to create a resource for people looking to make changes to their lives by eating healthier. Stay tuned, and make a point to visit The W.H.O.L.E. Gang every day during this Revolution for new recipe ideas!


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