March 11, 2013

Whole Foods Whole Trade Fruit: Part Two

Posted by Kristin

We're back for round two of the Whole Foods Whole Trade Fruit (read Part One here). This time, we're using these bananas in a new and exciting way: banana ice cream.



 
 
 
 



You may think banana ice cream sounds disgusting. I did at first, honest! I actually hate banana-flavored anything but love real bananas. My hubby found this recipe while doing his juice fast in February and it was quite a hit. The ingrediants are simple and super pronounceable and you can add other tasty treats to make it more interesting. You can read more about the benefits of this ice cream over at Food, Faith and Fun.

Banana Ice Cream from Reboot with Joe.

Ingredients:1 large or 2 small frozen bananas
1/2 Tbsp. almond butter (optional)
1/2 Tbsp. cacao nibs (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
2 Tbsp. almond milk – add more if needed (The almond milk helps the bananas blend easier)

Add all ingredients into your blender and blend until a smooth “ice cream” consistency is formed.


If you use all the ingredients listed, it’s approximately 206 calories.

For our version, we used the bananas, almond milk, 2 tbsp of peanut better and some chocolate chips. It was delicious! Now we just throw any over-ripe bananas in our freezer and know that we have a super easy dessert ready to go.


A perfect portioned dessert for two!



Little flecks of chocolate make it all the more tasty.

March 5, 2013

Pinstrosity

Posted by Laura

Pinterest is a double edged sword. It's very inspiring, but tricks you into thinking life is supposed to look polished and perfect. Life is not polished. It is scuffed up. I like scuffed up. I like nicks on the surface of my kitchen table and spit-up stains on the shoulders of my shirts. That means that I'm living my life, not watching it and protecting it.
This is why I love the website pinstrosity. Pinstrosity showcases failed pinterest projects. Now I LOVE pinterest, but pinstrosity brings me back to reality. From their about page:
Pinstrosity began one evening as the ladies and their handsome husbands made a night
of movies, desserts, and talking about the various projects they were up to. “How fun would it be to showcase all our recently failed attempts to recreate Pinterest projects?!” They began that night and have been typing and Pin testing like mad-women ever since!
So I have my own pinstrosity. From my "yum" board, I made Slow Cooker Thai Chicken & Shrimp. Well, let's just say it wasn't as pretty as the original pin. In fact, mine looked like Tillie's vomit after she ate my bottle of vitamin B6.



The Original
Original Pin

I gathered all of my ingredients...



Started up the slow cooker, and let it cook all day...ingredients blending and filling the air with goodness.



And then...the result. Oh my.


Thanks to the ladies at Pinstrosity and their honesty, I don't feel like a complete weirdo with the way my version turned out! Go check Pinstrosity out and have a good laugh!

March 1, 2013

Whole Foods Whole Trade Fruit: Part One

Posted by Kristin

Recently, a nice, little email made its way into my inbox inviting me to try out some fresh pinepples, mangos and bananas. Our local Whole Foods store is running a promotion on fresh produce from fair trade growers in Costa Rica, Peru and Ecuador. Here's a bit more on the Whole Trade philosophy:

At Whole Foods Market, we’re not just about selling groceries; we believe we have a responsibility toward all people involved in our business. This includes shoppers, shareholders, team members and suppliers as well as producer communities in developing countries. We also believe we have a responsibility toward a healthy planet. Whole Trade helps make it easy for customers to shop with conscience. Every purchase of a Whole Trade product is like a vote for a better world!
So when Whole Foods offered Laura and I a selection of these fruits to try out in some recipes, it took all of two seconds for me to say YES PLEASE!

PEC received some cherries from Whole Foods (WF) this summer and Laura and I whipped up some tasty recipes. So I was happy to oblige WF again and see what I could create with these fresh fruits.

First up: Mango Pineapple Salsa.



I've made enough fresh fruit salsas to know the basic ingrediants. I scoped out some recipes online but decided to just go for it on my own. The end result was a tasty treat to serve alongside some homemade tortilla chips.


Tortilla chips are so easy to make at home!

Ingrediants:
-1/2 a mango, peeled and chopped into small pieces
-1/4 of a pinpeapple chopped into small chunks
-1/2 a small red onion diced
-1 small jalepeno seeded and minced
-2 tbsp chopped cilantro
-1 tsp salt
-1 1/2 tbsp lime juice


Combine all ingrediants and mix. Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups of salsa.

Try not to eat it all at once!



Keepin' it real: mess leads to success.



Fresh, spicy and tasty.

Part Two of Whole Foods Whole Fruit is coming next week! We still have bananas to tackle and we've got a tasty and healthy dessert to share.