Starbucks Meets The Gums

by HEAB on July 4, 2010

I had a pancake recipe in mind for this morning, but I woke up feeling cereal. So, since my breakfast wasn’t too exciting or very patriotic (Happy 4th!), I’d like to share last night’s dinner with you. Yesterday was just one of those days when I couldn’t seem to satiate my appetite. I kept picking at food all day long, and when dinner time finally rolled around, I fixed myself a HUGE bowl of veggie love.


I still can’t handle the smell of onions or cruciferous vegetables cooking, but there are plenty of other vegetables out there. Many apologies to my beloved broccoli and Brussels sprouts, but both of you just stink! Last night’s bowl contained an 8 ounce container of mushrooms sauteed with 1 strip of bacon, a handful of cherry tomatoes, 1/4 yellow bell pepper, and some grilled chicken breasts strips. I layered my stir-fry mess over a bed of spinach with crumbled goat cheese, cucumber, sun dried tomatoes, and Annie’s Honey Mustard Vinaigrette. What an amazing blend of flavors! So much food, and my belly was finally content…well almost. It wanted some dessert. :)

Before I ever drank coffee, I discovered a love of coffee flavored ice-cream. In fact, I remember my first bite of Starbucks ice-cream. My parents had some in the freezer while we were at the beach, and although I thought I didn’t like coffee flavored anything, I believe I ate almost the entire quart all by myself. One small bite, and I was hooked! Anyway, ever since reading about Katie’s 3-Ingredient Coffee Ice-Cream, I’ve had Starbucks on the brain. You know what that means…time to HEABify!

Using 1 packet of this…


I made a big bowl of this…


After blending the Starbucks Decaf Via with 1 cup of almond milk, I then used it as the base for a batch of vanilla protein ice-cream. And there ya have it folks, coffee ice-cream in the blender! Oh, and during the last few seconds of blending, I threw in 3 dark chocolate mini Reese’s peanut butter cups…couldn’t help myself! That ice-cream was just screaming for a little chunkage. :)

I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th! CD and I are having lunch with friends and then stopping by a cookout before the fireworks show tonight. What was your favorite firework as a kid? I loved Roman Candles and Jumping Jacks.