Happy 2011, friends! I hope I find you fully recovered from your New Year's Eve party, and another year healthier, wealthier, and wiser!
I'm refreshed and ready to dive into a new year of fabulous dishes, accompanied by butt-busting workouts!
Yeah, that's how I roll. Blog-worthy meals generally equal EXTRA curves--especially after the holidays. So I've vowed to "cleanse my system" with health-concious meals over the next fews weeks...and pick up my hefty workouts where I left off in early December. My health-nut friends would be so proud!
The only problem is I NEED dessert. Like air. I'm not going to tell you that I will completely eliminate sweets; it's just not possible. Solution? Lighter, leaner treats. I'll just think of it as a personal challenge.
My sweet hubby got me a new ice cream machine for Christmas. (Apparently he likes extra curves!) Our old machine bit the dust last spring and I managed to make it through the summer and fall without one!
We decided to give it a spin starting with a light lemon sorbet. Only, there were just 2 lemons in the fridge--not nearly enough.
Instead we used freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, and HOLY HEAVEN, was it good! Dare I say BETTER than plain lemon sorbet?
This delightfully addictive little treat offers a slightly bitter and tart bite, balanced by fresh sweet basil leaves. It makes your tongue dance a little jig! It's so lovely, I would consider giving up chocolate for this sorbet! (Please don't hold me to that.)
High on flavor, low on guilt...at least for now!
Grapefruit Basil Sorbet Fat Free*Gluten Free*Dairy Free
2 cups water
1 ¾ cups sugar
2 lemons, zested and juiced
1 packed cup of basil leaves
pinch of salt
4 large ruby red grapefruits, juiced
Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Once boiling add the lemon zest, basil leaves and salt. Stir, remove from heat, and cover. Steep the basil leaves in the simple syrup for at least 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, add the lemon juice to a 4-cup measuring pitcher. Juice the grapefruits into the pitcher until you’ve measured 3 cups of combined juices.
Strain the simple syrup and discard the basil leaves. Then mix the syrup with the juice. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours (or to speed up, put in the freezer for 1 hour.)
Pour the sorbet mixture into an electric ice cream maker. Turn on and mix for 20+ minutes, until the mixture reaches a “soft serve” consistency.
After frozen, allow the sorbet to sit out for 10-15 minutes to soften before serving.
Makes approximately 1 ½ quarts of heaven!