Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

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Creamy, sweet, and slightly tangy cottage cheese ice cream tastes so much like cheesecake ice cream, you’ll do a double take! With three times the protein, it’s a new staple in our freezer.

I’ve dressed this batch of ice cream up with a berry swirl and graham cracker pieces throughout, but the options are nearly endless. I’m already playing a couple of new flavors.

Horizontal overhead shot of raspberry graham cracker cottage cheese ice cream

How to Make Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Wondering what cottage cheese ice cream tastes like? Well, you aren’t alone in that. When I first saw cottage cheese ice cream popping up online, I immediately put it on my list to try.

The viral cottage cheese ice cream that we’ve seen popping up all over the internet is about as basic as food recipes can be. Combine cottage cheese and a bit of maple syrup or honey in the blender. Blend until smooth and then freeze for an hour or so, until firm enough to scoop.

As far as this ice cream lover is concerned, that is not ice cream. It’s “okay” as a healthier alternative to a lot of other snacking, but it just tasted like frozen cottage cheese to me. Not horrible, but also, not ice cream. Sorry.

Scooping ice cream from tray

Best Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

However, the idea behind it (at least the part th

Weekly Menu Plan – May 27 to June 2

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Weekly Menu Plan – May 27 to June 2

Weekly Menu Plan – May 27 to June 2

It’s official…school is done and we are full blown summer mode! That usually means that my meal planning goes down the drains, but yours doesn’t have to with this weekly menu plan!


Monday: BBQ Chicken (Memorial Day)


Tuesday: Pasta Primavera


Wednesday: Smothered Honey Lime Chicken Burritos


Thursday: Instant Pot Beef & Broccoli


Friday: Leftovers


Saturday: Killer Burgers


Sunday: Smoked Beef Brisket

READ: Weekly Menu Plan – May 27 to June 2

Banana Zucchini Bread

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Banana Zucchini Bread

a photo of three slices of zucchini banana bread leaning on each other.

Get ready for a quick bread recipe mashup that you’re going to love! Banana zucchini bread is moist and total comfort. A warm slice with butter for me please!

We are obsessed with all kinds banana bread recipes here at Oh Sweet Basil, including our mega popular best banana bread recipe and our peanut butter banana bread. This is just our latest way to make fabulous banana bread!

Recommended Equipment

Before You Begin…

Grate the zucchini on a fine grate setting (using a food processor or a box grater) and then toss all the zucchini into a dish cloth or cheese cloth and squeeze out as much water as you can. Peel the bananas and mash them with a fork. Now your fruit and veggie is ready!

Ingredients for Banana Zucchini Bread

If you find yourself in the fortunate predicament of having super ripe bananas and loads of zucchini (hello summertime!), then this zucchini banana bread is your answer. Just a few more pantry ingredients and you have yourself a delicious bread the whole family will love to snack on!

  • Dry Ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt
  • Wet Ingredients: canola oil, granulated sugar, and an egg
  • Ripe Bananas: you’ll need about 2 bananas
  • Zucchini: depending on the size, you’ll need 1-2 zucchinis
  • Cinnamon Sugar: for the topping

The measurements of each ingredients can be found in the recipe card so keep scrolling down for all the details.

How to Make Banana Zucchini Bread

Making banana zucchini bread is just as easy as making any other quick bread with just a couple of extra steps. The great thing about a quick bread is that there is no yeast, so it really is as easy as mixing all the ingredients together, pouring the batter in a pan and baking it. Done and done!

  1. Zucchini: I like to start by shredding my zucchini. Since we are only using 1 (maybe 2) zucchinis, I usuall

Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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Peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that taste fantastic and also happen to be gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan? Oh yeah, it’s possible.

And best of all, you can likely make these with ingredients you already have on hand! No special ingredients are required.

Close-up shot of cooling cookie on rack

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Have I mentioned enough how happy it makes me when a recipe turns out to be “accidentally vegan” or can be easily turned into an allergy-friendly recipe? Not all recipes can be so easily converted, so when a simple ingredient swap or two results in something so perfect it thrills me.

These vegan peanut butter cookies are a great example of a simple swap that results in cookies that taste every bit as good as the original cookies!

I have a sweet friend here in Ohio who is allergic to both gluten and dairy. And she found out a few years ago that she can no longer have eggs. So, I’ve been on a bit of a mission to bake some tasty treats for her whenever possible.

These vegan peanut butter cookies meet all the requirements: no dairy, no gluten, and no eggs. And as someone who can eat all of the above, I’m here to tell you that these vegan cookies are truly delicious.

If you want a couple more great vegan cookie options, try these vegan chocolate chip cookies. They are chewy, rich, chocolate chip cookies and they’ve been a hit with every single person who has tried them – regardless of whether they normally eat gluten, dairy, or eggs.

Buttery (without any butter!) nutty cookies are topped with the sweet jam of your choice to make these simple, gluten free pecan thumbprint cookies.

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Copycat J.Dawgs Special Sauce

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Copycat J.Dawgs Special Sauce

a photo of a grilled hotdog sitting in a bun inside of aluminum foil being drizzled with a sauce from a plastic bottle.

If you have been to J.Dawgs here in Utah before, you know that their special sauce just can’t beat! I would bathe in it if I could!

It is sweet and tangy and is the perfect compliment to that grilled hot dog! My mouth is starting to water just thinking about it. Good thing there is a J.Dawgs right down the road from us, but if you live far away, you can make the infamous J.Dawgs special sauce at home. And it’s so dang simple!

I am a sauce lover! Like for real…give me all the sauces! Have you tried our killer burger sauce? Have mercy! Imho, just about everything is better if a sauce is involved!

Ok, back to J.Dawgs…the sauce on this hot dog is fantastic. The only way to describe the hot dog is, it’s a saucy dog. I realize that sounds kinda lame, but I don’t know how else to describe it. My girls love hot dogs, and I actually do too. A good hot dog with a perfectly toasted bun. It’s good. I know some of you are cringing, but we really do love them.

J.Dawgs came to Utah years ago and quickly became a huge favorite! This J-Dawgs copycat recipe is kind of totally awesome and if you’ve never had their special sauce it’s time to try it!

What Ingredients Do You Need for J.Dawgs Special Sauce?

Here is the list of ingredients you will need, probably in your pantry already!

  • Ketchup
  • BBQ Sauce (You can make our homemade sauce or go with Sweet Baby Rays)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Garlic Salt
  • Pepper
  • Honey
  • Paprika (I use smoked paprika, but use what you have on hand.)

The measurements for each ingredient are listed in the recipe card at the end of the post. The recipe card can be printed or saved to easily use again.

How to Make J.Dawgs Special Sauce

Making the sauce doesn’t get any easier! Just mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and then keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to sauce up your grilled dogs.

Why Does J.Dawgs Criss Cross Cut Their Hotdogs?

Ok, I don’t know the actual answer to this question, but let me tell you why we have totally converted to the criss cross cut hotdog (see picture above).

First, it allows the grilled or smoky flavor to penetrate deep into the hotdog enhancing the flavor.

Second, the dog cook much faster because the middle of the hotdog is exposed directly to the heat (helps J.Dawgs crank those delicious dogs out quickly).

Last and most important in my opinion, all those criss cross cut create all sorts of nooks and crannies for that special sauce to catch and seep down into. Saucy baby!

Can Hot Dogs Be Eaten Without Cooking?

It’s important to always reheat hot dogs until they’re steaming hot.

Some ready-to-eat food

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