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There’s a recipe for an ice cream substitute made from bananas. Actually, made JUST from bananas. There are many versions, so many that I am loathe to link one over the other, so here is the very simple recipe:

1. Take bananas

2. Cut bananas

3. Freeze bananas

4. Blenderize

And it equals ice cream, really! It’s creamy and almost exactly the right texture.

There are two things that I don’t really like very much that everyone else seems to love: ice cream and bananas. So why the hell did I make this? Not sure, except I for some reason had a sugar craving and desperately wanted to squelch it.

The problem is this: since I don’t like bananas, I added honey and peanut butter to mine. The texture was gorgeous, and it tasted wonderful, but it was waaaaaaaaay too sweet. And at 40 carbs a serving, not much better than actual ice cream.


Here are my recommendations for making this at home:

1. Don’t bother adding any more sweetener. Bananas are ungodly sweet, a fact I forgot. In fact, were I to make this again- and I might, it really was nicer than I expected- I would probably chuck lemon juice in.

2. Don’t scoop up a big bowl. You won’t finish.

3. Don’t make too much. If you refreeze it, the texture changes somewhat, and while it’s still tasty, it’s not as luscious and creamy.

4. Don’t expect a super diet-friendly treat. Like I said, one serving of this stuff has about forty carbs. No fat and few calories, but that’s sort of the opposite of my diet plan.


Caveat bananas, my friends.


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Full disclosure: I have never had chicken, veal, or eggplant parmesan. I don’t know why. I like eggplant, I love cheese, I love marinara sauce- why was this never an option?

For some stupid reason, I never go for Italian food. It’s not that I don’t like it, I’m just very, very wary of it. Growing up in Upstate NY, EVERYONE is Italian (except me) and EVERYONE cooks their signature upstate “Italian” dishes. These include things like spiedies, which I was never a fan of even when I ate meat (marinated chicken always tasted too “jiggly” to me, I dunno) and chicken riggies, which my horrible sociopathic aunt used to serve at every barbecue. CHICKEN SHOULD NOT BE COVERED IN BABY-PINK SAUCE, OKAY? Vom.

Anyways, I saw this recipe over at Our Life In Food, which can I just say? It is so refreshing to see a low-carb blog that isn’t militant and chock-full of misinformation about what “paleo” means.*

The recipe can be found here, and following is my review:


It’s textured, it’s got yummy fried cheese bits, it’s vegetarian AND gluten-free, and you get to slather everything in mozzarella and parmesan and marinara sauce. It really is a great little recipe that strikes a good balance between meatiness and still being veggie, and if you wanted, you could pack even more vegetables into it- zucchini, spinach, even some nice sauteed leeks would go well with it.

Definitely a make-again; my husband called it “fantastic” and I ate my entire portion in about three minutes.


Here’s your unrelated pic:


* I’m an anthropologist and you probably are not. Let’s just agree to disagree here.

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