Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Quinoa Mango Chili Shrimp Salad

I absolutely love Quinoa no matter what the color. This super grain is dang tasty. I've been making more salads and breakfasts with it this summer to beat the heat. This salad turned out really good. It's a mexican flavored salad with chipotle giving the heat and the mango the cooling sweet effect. I loved the combo. Even my husand really liked it who doesn't care too much for quinoa unless its in cookies.

Quinoa Mango Chili Shrimp Salad

1c. red or white quinoa cooked (I used red in this one)
1-2 heads of romaine hearts torn up into pieces
1 diced mango
1/4c. diced pineapple
1 roasted red bell pepper cut into bite size pieces
1/4c. toasted pepitas ( I love these. A happy food)
1 avocado chopped
1/2 lb of raw medium shrimp shelled
2 to 3 roma tomatoes chopped
3T. chopped cilantro

To cook quinoa add 1c. quinoa to 11/2c boiling water and 1/2t. salt. cover and reduce heat to simmer and cook 15 minutes.  Let sit 5 minutes then remove lid and fluff to cool. You will have leftover to use for another salad or breakfast

I marinated mine for 5 minutes in 1/4c. red chili sauce (like enchilada sauce)
2T. lime juice
1/4c. mango puree
then  quick fry it with the sauce for 3 minutes or until shrimp are done.

Sweet Chipotle Dressing
1T. diced onion
1T. chppd garlic
2T. dijon mustard
1/4t. ground cumin
1/2c. diced fresh tomatoes
2T. cilantro
2/3c. seasoned rice wine vinegar
1/4t. pepper
1t. salt
2T. agave nectar or honey
2T. chipotle puree if you want less spicy add less.( I puree cans of chipotles when I buy them and keep infridge cause I use it so often.)
1/4c. olive oil ( I omit the oil a lot and its great.)
place all in a blender and puree until all emulsified.
This makes 2 cups you will have leftovers. It is awesome over coleslaw mix for a great mexican side.
 I got this dressing recipe from chevy's cookbook a long time ago and made minor changes.

Mix all salad together, add shrimp and pour over 1/4c. dressing and see how much more you might like.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Toffee Temptation Ice Cream

I really love making Ice cream. I make it at least every other week. It is so fun to try your own combinations or copy one of your favorite ones just improving it. This ice cream is one of my very favorite Ice Creams. That's why I decided to put my own to the test. It was amazing!! My 10 year old who's favorite is the same said this was better than the store bought.  I made the ice cream base with the majority of the sugar brown to give it a more caramely taste. It was great!

I based it loosely on Ben and Jerry's Heath Ice Cream but uping the ante on additions and some change to the base. I didn't cook the eggs in this one but if you are nervous about it do.
Toffee Temptation Ice Cream

3 eggs beaten
11/2c. whole milk
1/2c. brown sugar
1/4c. white sugar
2c. heavy whipping cream
2t. vanilla
add ins: 5 Heath or Skor Bars
1/2c. cold caramel sauce

Mix altogether until sugar is dissolved.
Chill for a couple hours or freeze right away according to your ice cream manufacturers instructions.
When almost done break up heath or skor bars into pieces and add to ice cream base along with the caramel being drizzled slowly in. Let go 5 more minutes to ensure all is mixed well. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze for 4 -6 hours or overnight.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Cake Ball Bowls with Ice Cream

Have your cake and Ice cream too all in one treat. Cake balls and pops have been the new craze for a while now and I looove them. Mainly because its the perfect cake to frosting ratio for me. I love frosting but also cause they are small and I have less guilt eating them. Even though sometimes I eat too many. Ha!  I thought a good idea would be to make them into a container /bowl type of thing so you could put in it what ever you would like. Looked around to see if anyone had done before and couldn't find any so I went for it.  Of course Ice cream was my first thought, since that often goes with cake. The possibilities are endless. Mousse, custard, fruit to match your cake, fillings of all types. This is my first attempt and it wasn't very pretty. I have another idea of how to make it look more attractive and am trying it tomorrow since it's my binge baking day (Fridays). Plus I have to make my son's Birthday cake.

  I molded it into a pretty scalloped mold but when I took it out the mold wasn't really showing just the basic cup mold so I went with it but only had enough for one so I didn't get to try my other way which will work better I think. That's filling the mold with chocolate first and letting set up slightly then putting cake ball molded into that and filled/painted with chocolate. I'll see how that turns out. Either way it was Delicious. Small too so less guilt once again. My husband kept saying you should sell these. We shared it since I had already had toooo much sugar from my other treats I made.  I used a strawberry cake for the ball with a marshmallow strawberry frosting. Then dipped in chocolate and filled with my Strawberry Cheesecake Ice cream. Perfect for my Palate!! My Ice cream turned out Awesome!! I'll post that recipe next. It tasted like a strawberry cheesequake blizzard from Dairy queen but better.

Here's my picture. Remember that it's not too pretty but tastes great!! Hopefully my next attempt will be more attractive.

I should of drizzled some of my strawberry puree over the top. Woulda coulda shoulda. Next time!!

You can use any type of cake and frosting and chocolate/flavor dip it's great!