#HH30Days Week 2 recap! Teaser: I love dessert.

Peach Sorbet and Chocolate “Ice Cream” Recipes!

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It’s the truth.  I love dessert.  Who doesn’t?  If you’re struggling with finding #HH30Days-friendly desserts, you will love this post!  Lots of cool, creamy treats for the warming weather to add flavor and sweetness to your life without a ton of calories or processed junk.

To start, I’ve mentioned before that I buy a ton of summer produce, then freeze it and enjoy it all year.  One of my absolute favorites is summer peaches.  They are juicy, sweet, and an absolute treat when they are in season every year.  One of the advantages to freezing them is that they can easily be transformed into a healthy, homemade sorbet.

I started by taking about one peach worth of peach chunks out of the freezer and putting them right into the blender. IMG_2083

I then added 1/3 cup of almond milk, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and that’s it!  No sugar added!  Woohoo!  Now whirl it up in your blender.  I’m not going to lie-it gets stuck a bit.  If you have a tamper stick to shove in there, get it ready!  If it gets really frozen and stuck, you can add a touch more almond milk to loosen it up.  Just don’t go too crazy or you will end up with a smoothie rather than a sorbet!

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Looks smooth and smells like cinnamon!  Time to dig in!
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Now, if you’re not into the sorbet idea, or if you aren’t a fruit hoarder like I am, you might want to go with something a little creamier, that uses ingredients you can get delivered in your bag right now: bananas!  This is too easy for words.  It takes a little time, but it’s worth it!

Start by slicing a rather ripe banana into 1/2 inch slices, then place in a single layer on a baking sheet.  I use wax paper so it doesn’t freeze to the baking sheet.

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Then place the whole sheet in the freezer for an hour:

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Take them out of the freezer and pop into a food processor:

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Now here is the fun part.  You can make this whatever flavor you like!  I added one tablespoon of cocoa powder and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.  You could add in peanut butter or any flavor you like.  Share your ideas in the comments section!

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Whirl it up!

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So smooth!

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Now, in the interest of being honest and not pretending chocolate ice cream and bananas taste the same, I will admit that it’s not just like eating a bowl of chocolate ice cream, BUT, and this is an important point: the calorie difference is ridiculous.  A cup of chocolate ice cream (premium) contains around 530 calories and 34 grams of fat.  Compare that to this little gem, where there are about 100 calories and .4 grams of fat in the banana, then none in the cocoa powder and vanilla, and it’s no contest.  This is a great option for a healthy and sweet treat!

Share your ideas and experiences for #HH30Days treats below!

 

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Hometown Voices: Daddy Ford’s Inaugural Post!

Join the Ford family, long-time Hometown Harvest customers, as they blog about their adventures in local, almost vegan eating. See how this family of four manages a mainly plant-based diet despite busy schedules and caring for their two young boys.

Special delivery!

Special delivery!

It’s Daddy Ford (@NearlyVeganDC), half of the dynamic duo with Momma Ford aka @VanessaFord5!

Hometown Harvest has delivered delicious produce to our Capitol Hill doorstep for over three years.  Has it really been that long?  Anyway, we’ve loved all the organic and local produce delivered by Hometown Harvest.  With Momma Ford, our two young boys, and our 7-year old Shepherd, we have a busy household.  Our boys love the peaches…I mean REALLY love them!  So much so, that would be dinner.   So, a little about Daddy Ford…I just turned 34 (last week) and work a 9-to-5 in Information Technology in the DC area.   Over the past two years, I’ve made a serious effort to choose more healthy and local foods and have tailored our meals around these choices—whether it is seasonal and local produce, reducing the amount of less healthy foods our family eats, or just buying a ton of peaches, apples, or tomatoes for canning (peaches were canned a couple weeks back. Here we come Roma tomatoes!).

The little Fords can't resist peaches!

The little Fords can’t resist peaches!

In 2011, I decided to center my food choices on a whole foods, plant-based diet mainly for health reasons.  Over the past year, my wife gradually made the transition to a plant-based diet as well.  I think we can both say that we definitely appreciate the options that Hometown Harvest provides to us to keep us motivated!  We now sit down on Sunday evenings and go through the Hometown Harvest menu to see what’s available.  I could eat a ton of kale every week!  Also, when I have time, I really enjoy making fruit/veggie smoothies from our weekly delivery.  Who knew beets could taste so good in smoothie?

So about the meal I cooked tonight – a very simple mushroom stir fry.  After a long Friday evening, I decided to cook up something quick.  From our weekly delivery from Hometown Harvest, I chopped up mushrooms, onions, and green beans.  Then, I added in pre-shredded carrots and purple cabbage, and tossed in some garlic salt, ginger powder, and pepper.  I forgot to mention that this was cooked without any oil!

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Daddy Ford whips up a fresh vegetarian stir fry for dinner.

Stay tuned as we continue on our journey to bring you inspiring meals, recipes, and stories based around our experiences with Hometown Harvest, our great local food delivery service!