Do you know one thing I’ve missed on my fitness journey? Delicious Italian food! I know that good Italian food doesn’t have to be unhealthy, but I’ve just been too lazy to modify any of the recipes I’ve found. You think so, too? Well, wait till you try this yummy Italian ice recipe. It’s low in fat and calories. It’s also all-natural and gluten-free. It still is a bit high in sugar, but it’s a dessert, right?
Banana Italian Ice
I modified this recipe from Sam Kuma’s book: Vegan: Delicious Italian Vegan Recipes for Vegetarians and Raw Vegans. It’s still vegan. It’s just “Alicia-nized”! I substituted coconut sugar because it has a lower glycemic index than refined white sugar. I also love a bit of chocolate with my fruit, so I added a little cocoa powder.
Italian Vegan Recipes
The book begins with a brief introduction to some reasons that people may choose to become a vegan. Kuma mainly focuses on the healthy aspects of a vegan diet but also touches on environmental concerns. Additionally, for interested persons, Kuma includes some transition tips to help you switch to a vegan diet.
Six recipe chapters follow the introduction. They include:
- Miscellaneous (which includes a couple of pizzas, a sandwich, and appetizers)
I enjoyed the recipes in this book and would love to revisit the soups category some more. They were hearty and delicious. Of course, the desserts are also worth trying again.
While this book does lean heavily on vegan cheeses, non-vegans can substitute regular cheeses. Many of the recipes (especially the soups) call for ingredients you already have on hand or easily found in most small grocery stores.
One recipe was called “Tofu Shrimp Scampi,” however, there is no actual shrimp in the recipe. The only other thing I can mention on the downside: this book is photo-free. I would love to see an updated version with some photos that capture the essences of these delicious recipes.
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