Phew! It seems as though I’m done with the photography for the latest Happy Herbivore book, and now I’m just waiting on the shot list for the next book that I’ll be working on! Exciting stuff, and in the meantime I’m happy to get a blog post in. Since I haven’t done a ton of my own recipes in the last month or so, it’s almost feeling a little foreign. Almost.
I was glad to be in the kitchen, playing around with a waffle recipe from my past (AKA last year), and wanted to simplify it and change the flavors around. As much as I love making a production of breakfast dishes, occasionally, I tried to make this a quick waffle recipe that is a crowd pleaser. Whenever I want to make sure the general public would like something, I feed it to my S.O., mostly because he’s not vegan and has no filter when it comes to his opinion.
The end result was delicious! Corey ended up having 3 waffles for the first test-batch and he really liked them. The pineapple flavor is really subtle and the cool, fresh berries pair wonderfully with the warm, crunchy waffles. Top it off with a small drizzle of maple syrup or agave nectar and you have a winning breakfast.
Of course, you can add some pineapple chunks to the berries on top, to really pump up the tropical flavor of these, I just didn’t have any on hand. Feeling fancy? Add some orange or lemon zest to the waffle batter!
One of the food-related things that I love about the holidays are the awesome breakfasts and brunches. There have been times where I’ve gone all out for the brunch and laid low for the dinner, but this year I think I’m going to do the opposite. Now, this doesn’t mean that you, or I for that matter, need to have a boring first meal of the day. That’s where this filling dish comes in!
Getting its name from a very popular ice cream flavor, this baked oatmeal boasts sweet bananas, chopped walnuts and sweet chocolate with a vanilla oatmeal base. As neat as it would be to eat ice cream for breakfast I feel that this version is going to get you a whole lot further and you won’t have a crazy comedown from your sugar high.
Besides that great flavors that this dish brings to the table, another good quality is that you prep it and leave it alone. No tending to it, making sure that nothing is burning or worrying about it thickening up enough. Just pulse most of the ingredients in a blender, pour it in and bake! Easy-peasy, right? Then you can get crazy with the toppings and serve it right up with a warm cup of coffee, or tea if that’s your thing.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and I hope that everyone who celebrated it had a great time with people that they love, or at least really like. I also hope that everyone’s food was awesome! Speaking of Thanksgiving food, I have quite a bit of leftovers. I guess that’s what happens when the dinner includes 4 people and there’s enough food for, I don’t know.. 8? Oy.
Maybe you have some leftovers, too? Maybe some cranberry relish or sauce? Or maybe you don’t have leftovers, but would like some extra cranberry in your life. Either way, I have you covered! I actually made these pancakes before Thanksgiving, and I’m glad that I did, because it inspired me to make homemade cranberry sauce for the actual dinner. Even if it was just myself and my sister’s boyfriend eating it.
I like my recipe because there is no corn syrup (high-fructose, or otherwise) and not as much sugar as many recipes call for. Plus, it’s poured over some delightfully fluffy, warm, orange pancakes. Mmm. It’s kind of funny, because like the One Ingredient Chef, I’ve always been slightly underwhelmed and terrified by my homemade pancakes. That’s not to say that they didn’t turn out good, before; they just weren’t how I wanted them to be and didn’t look the part of the perfect pancake.
This time, I’m happy to say that I nailed it! Sweet enough to go with the tart cranberry topping and subtle enough for just a touch more maple syrup. You should definitely be making these for a weekend brunch!
Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays that are celebrated for reasons that have nothing to do with the actual holiday. I, personally, don’t need an excuse to have a good time and eat Mexican food (living in Southern California helps with that). But, it does offer some extra inspiration for dishes I might normally think about. This brings me to the recipe that I made this morning; after my first attempt at making a tofu frittata was a success, I thought a new version was in order.
This time I added some great ingredients to make this frittata Cinco de Mayo appropriate. With deliciously sweet bell pepper, filling black beans and aromatic red onion, this dish makes a wonderful breakfast or brunch. Top it with a simple pico de gallo straight out of the oven and you have something that is simple to make but looks like a restaurant-quality meal!
½ Cup Galaxy Foods Vegan Mexican Shreds,plus ¼ Cup for topping
½ tsp. Onion Powder
½ tsp. Turmeric
⅓ tsp. Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper to Taste
¼ Cup Yellow Bell Pepper, Sliced
¼ Cup Tomato, Chopped
½ Cup Cooked Black Beans
Heat coconut oil over medium heat in a medium-sized pan or cast iron pan. Once hot, throw in the onions and let them simmer for 3 minutes.
Unpackage the tofu and drain the water, place it into a food processor with the Mexican Cheese Shreds, onion powder, turmeric, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Process until the mixture is smooth, you may need to scrape down the sides a couple of times to get it to the right consistency.
Return your attention back to the onions, add bell peppers, tomatoes and black beans to the pan and cook until the bell peppers start to soften.
Scoop the tofu mixture into the pan, and combine with the rest of the ingredients and spread it out evenly (as pictured above).
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lower the heat on the stove to low-medium and cook the frittata until it browns around the edges.
Place the pan into the oven for 20-25 minutes. Dice some tomato, red onion and cilantro together and garnish the frittata with it once it is done baking. Wait 5-10 minutes to serve.
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