Milo Ice Cream

Milo Ice Cream

  • 1 c. whole milk (1/4 c. cream + 3/4 c. skim milk)
  • 1/2 c. milo powder
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 t. vanilla bean paste
  • 2 c. heavy cream
  • 5 egg yolks
  • Optional: swirl with milo ganache

On the stove, warm 1 c. cream, milk, milo, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Pour remaining cup of cream in a large bowl over a prepared ice bath. In another large bowl, whisk together the yolks. When the milk mixture has been warmed thoroughly, slowly whisk it into the yolks. Pour the mixture back into the pot, and return it to the heat. Cook on medium, stirring continuously until the mixture has coated the spoon. Strain the milk and egg mixture into the ice-bathing cream. Stir until cooled, and then refrigerate for at least 4-5+ hours before churning.

Creamy Cottage Cheese Mac

Creamy Cottage Cheese Mac (3 servings)

  • 6 oz. whole grain penne, super al dente (boiled 8-9 mins)
  • 5 slices kraft fat-free american cheese, torn in small pieces
  • 1/2 c. fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1/2 c. low-fat sour cream
  • granulated garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/4 c. ketchup
  • 3 T. italian panko bread crumbs
  • 2 slices light edam cheese

Cook pasta. Strain and add the pasta right back into the pot (with the stove turned off at this point.) Add american cheese and cottage cheese. Stir until gooey. Fold in the sour cream, garlic, s&p, and then the ketchup. Top with bread crumbs and edam cheese. Broil in the oven for 5-ish minutes or until browned. Serve with grilled chicken breast.

Lean Beefy Meatballs

Lean Beefy Meatballs

  • 1 3/4 lbs. extra lean ground beef
  • 1/4 heaping c. whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 heaping c. italian seasoning panko bread crumbs
  • generous splash of fat-free milk
  • 2 heaping T. pesto
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c. chopped yellow onion
  • half a head of garlic, minced
  • granulated garlic
  • salt & pepper

Brown in the the oven at 400F for 15 minutes. Remove and transfer into the sauce and simmer for 15 more minutes.

Note: Tasted very beefy? Braise in beer marinara next time, please.

Banana Cake

because banana bread is overrated :)

Banana Cake (9×9-pan)

  • 2 very ripe medium bananas
  • 1/2 c. low-fat sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 T. unsalted butter
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. coarse kosher salt

Cream all wet ingredients together with the sugar. Mix in the dry ingredients. Bake in a lined baking pan at 375F for 16-18 minutes.

Corny Guac for Two

Corny Guac for Two

  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 3/4 ear of oven-“grilled” corn, shaved
  • 1/2 chipotle in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 semi-generous T. low-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 lime, juiced
  • 10 cilantro leaves, minced
  • salt & pepper

Emergency No-Milk and Out-of-Sugar Flan

MN’s birthday bbq, I usually make something. Out of ap-flour, granulated sugar, and milk. Whhhhhhhat!??!
Emergency No-Milk and Out-of-Sugar Flan
  • 1/4 c. blonde cane sugar + 2 T. water
  • 1 c. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 c. fat-free evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 t. vanilla extract

Mix, sieve twice, line pan with towel, fill with water. Steam for an hour at 325F.

Result: A tad too firm, extremely dense. Lacked “milky” taste and smooth texture.

Beef Stroganoff Over Rice

Beef Stroganoff Over Rice adapted via Epicurious (4 servings)

  • 1/2 lb. sliced rib-eye, rolled
  • canola oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1-ish T. clarified butter
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 8 oz. white mushrooms
  • 1 very large cremini mushroom
  • 1/2 c. beef broth
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 2 T. sauvignon blanc
  • a few dashes of dried dill
  • 3/4 c. low-fat sour cream, at room temperature

Heat some oil to brown the beef, set aside. In the same pan, melt butter and saute shallots. Add mushrooms and some salt and pepper. Cook until liquids from the mushrooms evaporate, about 10-15 minutes. Add broth, water, and sauvignon, and then simmer for 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle in some dill. Remove from heat, and stir in the sour cream. Serve over brown rice, mashed potatoes, or egg noodles.