Friday, April 15, 2011

Ice Cream from Scratch: Sneaky Syle

     If you have young ones in the home, you may know how difficult it can be to get them to have their daily dose of vitamins, minerals, and general nutrients.  Daily vitamin supplements are great, but it pains me to see a child go through the day with the only vegetable he or she has had being french fries.  There is a flavored milkshake-like beverage for kids that is being advertised as having a high concentration of vitamins that tastes great in order to be attractive to picky kids.  It's great once in a while, but being a proactive individual, I have devised a better option: blend up some vegetables and inject them into meals so as to not draw attention to them.  Not only have I decided to sneak vegetables into the meals of the innocent, but I have struck where little ones will least suspect it: DESSERT.

Your Recipe, Should you Choose to Accept it:

1 carrot 
1 stalk of celery, leaves and all
1 cup frozen mangoes 
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup Half and Half
1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon of Vanilla

     Halve the carrot and celery and stick them into your blender when no one is looking.  I was caught and had to make up some story that I was blending something for the dog.  True Story.  Proceed to add the other ingredients in no particular order, seal blender, and hit the  ice cream button.  If your blender doesn't do ice cream with a button, set it to pulse and work your way up to the highest power level and back off as the blender reaches hard to handle areas.  The ice cream blends incredibly smooth and has a slight texture to it due to the mangoes.  If you love guayaba, this will be a delight.  If you cannot make up a good story as to why there might be an occasional green spec in the ice cream, perhaps it would be best to leave out the leaves and put them to use in another recipe.  I plan on making a good amount of ice cream in this manner in the next coming days and then freezing it.  I'll post and share how the texture and consistency holds up. 'Til then....

Yields 32 ounces. Serves 4 (1 quarter cup of vegetables per serving). 


  1. Very sneaky...I was always one of those kids who hated vegetables, and was really good at finding them snuck in my food, but I don't know if I would have caught this one!