What I Ate Wednesday

Feeling a little under the weather? This calls for a What I Ate Wednesday packed full of healthy greens and veggies!!!

Hellllooooo hunnies! Happy humpday!! I woke up feeling like doo doo… True life, whenever I do too much talking, I end up with a sore throat the next day. And Monday was a day of meetings and event. Alas… Sore throat.

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I packed my morning smoothie with a shiz ton of spinach this morning for an extra vitamin punch. Hence, the sludge color…

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A sore throat isn’t really conducive to snacking, but some Throat Coat tea did me good. I added some of this fancy honey I got on sale at Whole Foods. I’ve used propolis before (for allergies) and I actually really like this blend of goodies for energy and fighting sickness. Bee products aren’t technically vegan but I’m not technically perfect.

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I wasn’t feeling like lunch so when my friend suggested we swing by Alchemy for lunch, I was in. I ordered the Veg Head special smoothie (yep, #2 of the day) because I wanted something soothing on my throat and it fit the bill. And it’s alllllll veggies! Spinach, kale, cucumber, cauliflower, avocado, vanilla brown rice protein, and homemade almond milk. Not too sweet but not grassy or gross. I loved it! 10/10 would get again.

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Late afternoon munchies had me craving something crunchy. Carrots and cukes with hummus hit the spot! (PS check that reusable bag from Stasher! We don’t use any plastic anymore!)

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I’m still on a major beet kick. Can’t stop, won’t stop. Dinner was a spinach salad topped with creamy lentils, roasted beets, and extra lemon tahini sauce. SuUuuUuhhhh guUuuUuhhddd.

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While out running some errands, I snagged this Health Ade kombucha. My sore throat was raging by the time we made it to our last stop and I couldn’t resist some low(ish) sugar popsicles.

Aaaaand that’s a wrap! I took off work this Friday so just a few more days until a 4-day weekend. Woooo! I hope you all have a GREAT rest of the week!

Magic Vegan Waffles

 Made with a surprising ingredient, Magic Vegan Waffles are truly spellbinding! Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and sure to please the whole family!

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Waking up with my sweetie and whipping up a fat stack of waffles is one of my favorite parts of every week. John and I have been having these every single Saturday and it’s just such a treat. While the waffles cook up, we make coffee, pick up the house, and get settled into the couch for some hygge.

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Huuhh-what?? In both Danish and Norwegian, hygge (hoo-guh) refers to “a form of everyday togetherness”, “a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow.” (Wiki) Some say it loosely translates to cozy, but it’s basically a comfortable, relaxed togetherness. And it’s wonderful. We used to get up and immediately hit the gym and get our day moving because I have an insatiable appetite for productivity. But now I find that moving slow, relaxing, and enjoying some fellowship with my teeny family sets me up for a day of much more happiness and satisfaction.

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Speaking of happiness… These waffles legit put a huge grin on my face every. single. time. They’re THAT good! I can’t take credit for this idea, I stumbled upon it while looking for a solid, reliable, vegan waffle recipe. I didn’t really care if it was healthy, but I was totally over the heavy, dense waffles that I usually seem to produce. So when I saw this vegan waffle recipe on Food 52, I figured it would be a classic batter of flour, liquid, sugar. You know, the good stuff. What I saw shocked me…

TOFU.

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WAIT! Don’t leave!! I know it sounds koo-koo for Cocoa Puffs, but tofu makes a fantastic substitute for eggs. The silken variety is very soft and squishy and gives these waffles not only their body and structure, but also their perfectly soft insides. Because the proteins in silken tofu are already denatured and won’t get any firmer, these waffles take longer to cook than ones with eggs. There’s just a lot of liquid that needs to burn off.

I found that using a waffle maker that makes thinner waffles (as opposed to the thicker Belgian variety) is more successful, but either will work. If you do use the Belgian-style maker, just keep the waffles in the oven a little longer so they have time to dry out. This is the thin one that I prefer, and this is the Belgian one I use for other recipes. I got mine at a local resale shop for suuuper cheap, but they’re both reasonably priced to begin with.

And as far as other equipment goes… All you need is a blender! Because the last thing anyone wants to do when they’re trying to get their snuggle on [or ever…] is dishes. Amiright?!

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So grab your loved ones, whether that be a spouse, your kids, your cat, a teddy bear, or your quirky neighbor and spend some quality face-to-face time. Preferably while stuffing said faces with vegan waffles.

Magic Vegan Waffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6-7 waffles

Made with a surprising ingredient, Magic Vegan Waffles are truly spellbinding! Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and sure to please the whole family!

Ingredients

  • 1 16oz carton silken tofu, excess liquid drained
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Juice of half a lemon (~2 Tbs)
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all purpose or spelt)
  • 2 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 1 heaping tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200F or warm setting. Set a cooling rack on a baking sheet and place in oven.
  2. Blend the tofu, lemon juice, and water in a blender until completely smooth. Leave the machine running and slowly drizzle in the oil. Add vanilla and pulse until just combined.
  3. Half at a time, add the dry ingredients into the wet and pulse until combined. Do not over mix but be sure everything is incorporated.
  4. Heat a waffle iron to medium heat. Once hot, brush lightly or spray with oil.
  5. Scoop 1/3-1/2 cup batter into the iron and cook until golden brown. This may take longer than the manufacturer instructions; mine take about 4 and a half minutes each.
  6. Use a fork to remove the waffle from the press and move it to the baking sheet. Keep the cooked waffles in the oven while the others cook. Serve immediately.
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What I Ate Wednesday

When a busy day flies by, taking a moment to share a What I Ate Wednesday meal with a friend is the perfect way to press pause!

Hellllooooo there, m’loves. Happy humpday! I hope everyone is having a perfectly lovely week. I don’t really have much to report, myself. Just another week of work and play. We have some fun activities planned for the weekend, so it just feels like a “grinding for the weekend” kind of week. But of course, always lots of eats to be noshed!

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I’ve been fighting some very strange fatigue and had a strange start to the day. I didn’t get up in time to hit the gym but I still managed to down my vitamins. My supplement routine always includes one or two Brazil nuts due to their high selenium content. Seleni…whaaaat? I’ll let Katie, the future dietician of Love and Lemons, fully explain but selenium has benefits for mercury toxicity (not something I really worry about), thyroid regulation, and some cancer preventative properties.

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I was in a bit of a flurry so I forgot to snap a pic of my smoothie. But not to fear, I shared the full recipe on Monday! I’m seriously so addicted to this creamy, dreamy, beet-y smoothie. It’s packed with veggies but somehow still so delicious. I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever get sick of it. #cantstopwontstop

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Oddly, I was craving salty instead of sweet so I ate what any normal person eats at 10:30AM… kale chips. hehehe ok maybe not so normal but these Brad’s kale chips are the bomb diggity. Even in the morning.

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For lunch, I met a friend at my fav cafe in town, Alchemy. They have all kinds of healthy yet decadent options and I was craving some bread  so I went with the Hummus + Hemp Pesto sandwich. Hummus, pesto, tomato, sprouts, and avocado on wheat bread. Seriously perfect combo of creamy and crunchy and bright! The best booch helped wash it down.

A little later, I downed the two Matcha Bites I picked up at lunch and they were every bit as divine as the last time I devoured them.

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My lunch kept me nice and full, so I made it through the rest of the work day and yoga without another snack. When I got home, I had some of the beet salad I prepped for lunches this week. I based the recipe off one we got when we did a participatory dinner at The Kitchen, a local event venue. This week’s version was loaded up with roasted beets, beet greens, brown rice, chickpeas, green onions, sunflower seeds, and a creamy tahini lemon dressing. I loaded up a plate with mixed greens, added my salad, and drizzled on some extra dressing. I’m already excited to have it for lunch again tomorrow.

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After dinner, I broke into the box of goodies my cousin and his wife sent from Greece. He was stationed there with the Air Force for a few years, met and married a beautiful native Greek, and now they send us incredible packages when they go back to visit. I tried this chocolate halva, a sweet and fluffy tahini treat, and loved it. It paired perfectly with a few strawberries.

That’s it for me, friends! I hope you all have a wonderful remainder of the week and a weekend full of joy and love!

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