I'm always price comparing the things I need/want for my kitchen experiments. In fact, I have a whole memo on my iPhone to help me remember how much certain things cost (regular price) at certain stores or at online sites. That being said, I had just started thinking last week about how much I really needed to have spinach and about how much I miss having it in my fridge, but that buying those bags from Safeway were just not efficient because I always go through them way faster than I ever think I will OR I don't go through them fast enough and they just rot. Either way, it's kind of an inefficient way to buy spinach for myself. And then I went to Costco...
I normally don't buy fresh veggies or fruits from Costco for two reasons: 1) how the HELL would I get through all of it?! I don't really throw dinner parties or anything like that, and when I do, there aren't that many people, and it normally ends up being a potluck, meaning there's plenty of food to go around without me making a ginormous portion of my dish; and 2) my previous experience buying fruits in bulk from Costco only proved to me that they aren't as flavorful as the smaller regular grocery store portions.
That's when I saw this HUGE 2.5 lb bag of baby spinach (I wanna say it's almost 2 ft. tall). (O_O) I didn't know what to do! I really wanted spinach, I knew I wouldn't run out of this one nearly as fast, but I was afraid of the spinach wilting/dying/rotting before I could use it all (I have a bad track record with that...). And then I noticed the bag was resealable and that I have more time to cook recently, and I was sold. Picked it up, brought it home, and realized that it actually tastes just fine!! (^_^) Good buy, yay!
Since I now have this huge bag, I'm pretty much trying to use it as much as I possibly can. Translation: I throw it in everything. Thankfully, it's a very versatile green that goes well with so many different dishes! I've also taken this chance to look up new spinach recipes to try out. Today's feature is a frozen dessert!
Spinach ice cream. I know this sounds like a crazy, crazy, looney idea...I was super skeptical at first, too. Just look at my picture of the finished product below, it doesn't look THAT bad, does it? The result surprisingly tasted nothing like spinach, but you still get all the benefits of having used spinach as your base. When my boyfriend taste tested it, he said that if I hadn't told him it was made with spinach, he would have never known. Apparently, I could have lied and told him it was green tea flavored and he might have actually believed me, but I don't know about that since I don't think it tastes like green tea. Anywho, I found the original recipe here
and just loved how simple it sounded...but I still had to healthify it. Originally, it had half-and-half cream, agave syrup, and powdered milk, but I definitely changed all that. I also halved the recipe, made it in my Magic Bullet, and realized that it makes for the PERFECT single serving! Just saying.
Spinach Protein Ice Cream
Finished product, right before I ate it all
- 3/4 C unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 C agave or sweetener of choice (I used 1 1/2 droppers of liquid stevia (=6 packets granulated stevia))
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 2 C spinach, lightly packed
- 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/2-3 C ice
- Blend almond milk, vanilla extract, and spinach together until the spinach is completely broken down.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixture is smooth (i.e. no ice chunks left).
- Can be eaten immediately, but freezing a little while help it to set up. Stir a little bit before eating.