kirby pops [strawberry banana protein pops]

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Growing up, I would play A LOT of N64 games. It was basically an after school ritual for me — I’d come home, eat a snack and then immediately become glued to the television and my console.

One of my favorite games is Super Smash Brothers. I would play hours on end and when I returned to school the next day, I’d jump into these deep discussions about why I thought Kirby was a really awesome character to play. I mean, c’mon, he basically can steal anyone’s special! Plus, that   ↓ special? HE TURNS INTO A ROCK TO CRUSH HIS ENEMIES!

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Because I enjoyed playing Kirby so much in Smash, I eventually rented a copy of Kirby 64 from Blockbuster. Yeaaaah, that was quite a while ago.

Admittedly, I still don’t know what Kirby is. I just know that he’s a happy little dude who LOVES to eat. So, I’m sure he would appreciate having his imaged turned into a tasty popsicle!

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. 1/2 cup of strawberries
  2. 1 1/2 cups of almond milk
  3. 1 scoop of Quest Banana Cream protein powder
  4. 1 scoop of Quest Strawberries & Cream protein powder
  5. 2 tablespoons of white chocolate, melted
  6. 8 sliced almonds
  7. a few drops of blue food dye

BUILD ORDER

Prep time for this takes about 10 minutes. Chill time for this is about 6 – 8 hours. Decorating time is about 15 minutes. This makes 4 servings.

Each serving contains: 11g of Protein, 1g of Fat, and 1g of Net Carbs

You will need a round ice popsicle maker for this recipe.

OPENING

  1. Combine your protein powders with almond milk in a blender. It should have a fairly thick consistency (think pudding!).
  2. Reserve two of your strawberries, and slice the rest. The remaining two will be used to make the mouth and the blush.
  3. Add your sliced strawberries to your protein mix. Blend the strawberries into the mix.

MID GAME

  1. Carefully pour the mixture into each popsicle mold.
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  2. Freeze for 6 – 8 hours.

LATE GAME

  1. Heat your white chocolate until it melts. Carefully add 2 drops of blue food coloring. Stir the food coloring into the chocolate.
  2. Dip the end of an almond slice into the white chocolate. This will create the blue part of Kirby’s eyes. Repeat this step for 7 more almond slices.
  3. Let the chocolate on the almond dry.
  4. Add more blue food coloring to the white chocolate. You’ll want the chocolate to be as dark as possible.
  5. Using a toothpick or a chopstick, gently drizzle the dark chocolate above the blue part of the almond. Be sure to leave a white space at the top. Allow the chocolate to dry for about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove your popsicles from the freezer and take them out from their molds.
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  7. Slice your strawberries and cut out shapes to create Kirby’s mouth (basically cut out a “D”) and blush.
  8. Dampen the back of the almonds and strawberries with water. Then, lay your popsicle horizontally (I used a mug to hold up mine) and adhere the almonds and strawberries to the pops.
  9. Place the popsicle back in the freezer for 2 minutes.
  10. Remove from the freezer and eat!

Ta-da! It’s KIRBY! GG WP. :)

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Now you’ve got this portable Kirby to nibble on during the warm summer days!

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the butcher’s inferno meatloaf [bacon-wrapped chorizo and beef meatloaf]

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When I found out the Butcher was stomping his way into the Nexus, I was over joyed. Thankfully, the wait is over and you can now enjoy everyone’s favorite meat-crazed demon in Heroes of the Storm!

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What a fitting mount! Let’s hope Billie doesn’t end up grilled after this game...

He’s one of the most memorable bosses from the Diablo series, and when I first started playing Diablo III, I thought the Act I fight against him was pretty awesome.

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You basically run the risk of being completely engulfed in flames if you can’t kill him before his enrage timer.

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Toasty!

You would think that since he’s always surrounded by fire, he’d be pretty good at barbecuing. Do you think they have BBQ competitions in Sanctuary and the Burning Hells? Hmmm

Anyway, since I don’t have a BBQ grill, I decided to create a different type of meaty treat. It’s a spicy little meatloaf full of FRESH MEAT! VEGETABLES BAD. MEAT GOOD!

And because The Butcher lives in such a sizzling place, I decided to add a little heat with some fresh jalapeño peppers. Of course, that is only Torment I level spice… If you wanna bump it up to Torment VI, add in some habañero. But if you want to go to Torment X, I suggest you try getting your hands on some crushed Ghost Chili Peppers and some Trinidad Scorpion Chilies.

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. salt
  2. pepper
  3. 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  4. 1 tablespoon of cumin
  5. 2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce
  6. 1/2 cup of ketchup
  7. 1 egg
  8. 5 cloves of garlic, diced
  9. 1 cup of bread crumbs
  10. 1 onion diced
  11. 1 bell pepper, diced
  12. 2 jalapeño peppers, diced
  13. 1 lb of chorizo, casing removed
  14. 1 lb of bacon
  15. 1 lb of ground lean beef (I used 90/10)

BUILD ORDER

Prep time for this recipe is about 45 minutes. Total cook time is 1 hour 10 minutes. This makes about 5 servings.

OPENING

  1. Set a pan on medium heat and add in your olive oil.
  2. Sweat your diced onions and garlic.
  3. Remove and set aside. You’ll want them to cool before adding them to your meat mixture.

MID GAME

  1. In a bowl, combine your chorizo and ground beef.
  2. Season lightly with your salt, pepper and cumin. Since the chorizo is already spiced, you don’t need to add that much more seasoning.
  3. Add in your worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Stir to combine.
  4. Add in your egg and bread crumbs. Stir to combine.
  5. Add in your diced bell pepper and jalapeño peppers and stir. You may have to use your hands at this point to make sure the mixture is thoroughly combined.blog_infernomeatloaf_mix

LATE GAME

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil. Remember, this dish has chorizo AND bacon, so there will be a A LOT of fat and oils! Make sure your dish is properly lined to reduce clean-up!
  3. Pour your meat mixture onto the baking sheet and form it into a loaf.
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  4. Now comes the fun part: create a bacon weave over your meatloaf! If you don’t want to create a bacon weave, you can wrap the bacon around the meatloaf in any way you’d like.
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  5. Place the meatloaf in the oven and cook for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until the internal temperature hits 160°.
  6. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Eat!

GG WP!

Now you’re ready to serve this meaty meal to your fellow Nephalems in Sanctuary or your team of Heroes in the Nexus! Just make sure you don’t let Tyrael get to this… You know how he is about eating.

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“Being a mortal is very complicated”

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Aww yes….FRESH MEAT.

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See you in the Eternal Conflict!