Thursday, May 3, 2012

Agree to Disagree...on Ice Cream

I realize that my blog is all about compromising in the kitchen, and that most of the posts include recipes or kitchen adventures that both Ryan and I have enjoyed. However, sometimes you have to just agree to disagree! 

A prime example is dessert in our house. Most of the time we don’t have the same tastes for sweets. We both have a major sweet tooth, but never craving the same thing. He loves cake and I love pie! You see the pattern here.

However, I came up with a genius idea for a dessert date night where we both would be happy. I got him a pint of Cinnamon Bun Ben & Jerry’s and myself a pint of coconut milk vanilla ice cream (non-dairy for my sensitive tummy). We lined up various toppings such as nuts, coconut flakes, caramel sauce, fruit and whipped cream on the counter and created our own sundaes. They were delicious and we were both happy!

Agree to Disagree...on Ice Cream

My sundae included Vanilla Coconut Milk ice cream with mango, almond, coconut flakes and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Ryan's included Ben & Jerry's, nuts and A LOT of whipped cream. Treat yo'self!!
Here are some other examples of meals that I make when we can’t agree on food:

1. Pizza. I either split the dough in half and make 2 different kinds or do a half and half pizza like this one. (You can probably guess which side is mine).

2. Rice and Quinoa. Any recipe that calls for rice (Mexican, stir fry, or as a side), I will also make myself quinoa for some boosted nutrition. Unfortunately, Ryan doesn’t like the texture of quinoa, so I usually make a side of both. I know it is an extra step, but I want him to enjoy his meal just as much as I do.

3. Baked Potatoes, Sweet or Not. I love, love, love sweet potatoes (Exhibit A), but he is not a fan of the taste. So I will get one whole sweet potato and one russet potato. I stab them a few times with a fork to create little steam vents and roast in the oven for 45-60 minutes on 400F. I get my sweet and he gets his russet.

4. Roasted Vegetables. Often when I shop at the farmer’s market, I just grab every vegetable known to man with the plan of roasting them. I always make a huge sheet pan full of veggies so there are leftovers for lunches! I create three sections on the pan:
  - Mine: Any combination of beets, eggplant, butternut squash or eggplant
  - Ryan: carrots, red potatoes, brussel sprouts
  - Shared: Mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers and onions
Top with any herb, olive oil and salt and pepper and roast in 400F for 30-60 minutes. Depending on which vegetables and how much!


  1. This is so sweet, Jess! I LOVE coconut milk ice cream!

    1. Thanks for checking out my blog Katherine! I have been addicted to coconut milk ice cream ever since I gave up heavy dairy. Have you tried the mint chocolate chip flavor??!!