There are two things my three-year-old argues not to eat: meat and vegetables. We respect her wishes not to eat meat, but the veggies are a non-starter with my husband and me. We’ve tried everything except offering a pony (although I’ve been tempted to research that possibility). I even turned to an option I said I never would do — hiding veggies in food. So came the idea for my gluten free green pancakes with sweet grilled pineapple.
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The month of March means one thing for me: McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes. The cool taste, the mint, the whipped cream. Pure heaven in a 22 oz container. What if I told you that you can create the memorable taste of a Shamrock Shake in your own kitchen without the added shake to your derriere? Introducing my Shamrock Shake Green Smoothie.
Sweet Snow Cream (aka Snow Ice Cream) sounds like a crazy recipe idea when all you want to do is to head to the top of the a mountain and scream let go it to get rid of winter.
From the bitter cold days to the snow that just won’t melt, I am itching to see the first leaf bud on a tree this year. ACat has been stuck indoors without a chance to fully release her energy. Mr. Happy barks as soon as he goes outdoors, and often refuses to go out.
And I’m missing my chance to train for my first 5K with everyday it is too cold to go for a run. As a native of Buffalo, NY, I have lived my fair share of bad snow storms. So my frustrations come from an extensive background. This winter is rough.
ACat, who is always the optimist, helped me see just a little more excitement in this winter, with what I hope is our last snow. When she saw all the snow outside of our house, she went wild. She ran to grab every snowflake.
Her excitement got me thinking about one more fun winter project. We built a snowman, went for a sled ride, and enjoyed a movie snuggled indoors. One thing we didn’t try yet was snow ice cream. Super easy to make with a toddler. Given my desire to eat clean, I was sure to use vegan/gluten free ingredients.
After dinner, ACat dressed in her regular evening attire of a Queen Elsa gown excitedly joined me in the kitchen to make Snowcream.
Sweet Snow Cream (Snow Ice Cream) Recipe
(Serves 4-5) (5-10 minutes)
- 8-12 cups of fresh snow
- 2 cups of rice milk
- 3 TBS of Agave
- 2 TBS of Vanilla
- Candies for decorating
Step 1: Set up all of your ingredients (except for the snow) at your work station. Snow melts quickly so this is a critical step you should not miss. Our set up with “Queen Elsa” looked like this:
Step 2: Grab snow from an area you know is clean (bonus points if you run outside in your shorts like I did because I am from Buffalo and do crazy winter things like that).
Step 3: Pour in Rice Milk
Step 4: Add agave and vanilla
Step 5: Mix all ingredients and sample. Like this:
Step 6: Add extra agave and/or vanilla to your taste. A toddler size taste test of the snow:
Step 7: Scoop out Snow Cream into bowls, decorate, and enjoy.
As an added bonus, the Chief got in on the action. He used snow to chill his evening smoothie. The picture below speaks to how wonderful it tasted.