Natalie

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What I Ate Wednesday

When a tummy ache strikes, comforting nourishment is on deck! The What I Ate Wednesday show must go on!

Happy Wednesday friends! John and I picked up some sort of weird stomach bug this weekend that has my tummy all sorts of upset… Every bite of food has been making me bloated and gassy and grumbly. TMI? Sorry… But don’t worry, my hunger hasn’t gone anywhere! Let’s take a look at a day of easy-on-the-stomach eats!

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I haven’t been feeling smoothies this week so I soaked some Freedom Foods Barley+ toasted muesli in Kite Hills plain Greek-style almond yogurt. To sweeten it up, I added some of my homemade apple butter which I just can’t shut up about. Then topped it off with a drizzle of almond butter, cinnamon, and some more muesli. Delish!

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Snacked on an apple a few hours later.

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Lunch was some roasted veggies I prepped this weekend. Sweet potatoes, delicata squash, honeynut (basically a baby butternut!), and sunchokes. I sprinkled on some baby kale sprouts for a bite and dipped bites into garlic hummus.

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I staved off the late afternoon hangries with my favorite peanut butter filled pretzels from Trader Joes. I used to not allow myself to keep these in the house because I would binge eat half the bag and feel terrible. Now that I have given myself freedom to eat them whenever I want, I can grab a handful and move on with my life. It’s really the small wins that feel the greatest.

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For dinner, we had Alexis’s Baked Spaghetti with Tofu Ricotta that I made this weekend. It’s one of my fav dinners ever! I forgot the mushrooms so we sautéed them up and had them on the side. Just as good!

And that’s it! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Vegan Apple Butter Pancakes

Nothing warms the soul like a thick, fluffy stack of pancakes! Vegan Apple Butter Pancakes are a comforting weekend breakfast perfect for crisp fall mornings!

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How do you take care of yourself on the weekends?

After the week’s flurry of activity, work, and go-go-go, I roll over and poke my sweetie’s face. It’s 7am, but the luxury of no responsibilities lures me from my slumber. As I tuck my toes into fuzzy slippers, the first question of the day leaves my lips. “What do you want for breakfast?” No hastily blended green smoothies or on-the-go granola bars will suffice today. No, it’s the weekend. This calls for something extra decadent.

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There’s nothing I love more than this Saturday morning routine. I adore waking up early but then cozying up on the couch with steaming coffee while the rest of the world awakens. John and I plan our day, flip through the crossword book, and almost always have a special breakfast. Whether it’s a savory tofu scramble, crispy waffles, or bowls of oatmeal, we always take a little extra time to enjoy the first meal of the weekend.

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As much as I enjoy this slow and soothing time, I’ve had many a morning tainted by a bad batch of pancakes. Since I went vegan, I’ve had a tough time finding a pancake recipe that doesn’t end of either gummy and chewy or flat and mushy. My Heart Beet Pancakes were my first stroke of genius when I realized the secret to good vegan pancakes…

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Fruit puree. Be it banana or pumpkin or beets (ok, those are vegetables but you feel me), purees bring the moisture and body that vegan pancakes so desperately need. In this recipe, the 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Butter recipe I shared last week takes center stage.

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At first, it was tough to bring myself to give up nearly a cup of the highly addicting spread, but I am so glad I found the courage. I don’t know if I’ll ever make another pancake recipe again. They are THAT good. With the sweet apple butter and hint of maple, these pancakes are perfect exactly as they are. But slather on a little vegan butter, some more apple butter, and a hefty dose of warm maple syrup and the plate practically conjures a halo.

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This recipe makes a shiz ton of pancakes and that is not in error. Make the full batch, freeze what you don’t eat, and make any morning a Saturday morning.

Vegan Apple Butter Pancakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Nothing warms the soul like a thick, fluffy stack of pancakes! Vegan Apple Butter Pancakes are a comforting weekend breakfast perfect for crisp fall mornings!

Ingredients

    Dry Ingredients:
  • 2 cups oat flour*
  • 1½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tbs. cinnamon
  • 1½ Tbs. baking powder
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • ¾ cup + 2Tbs. (250g) apple butter or apple sauce
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 3 Tbs. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 cup almond milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat. I set my griddle to about 325F. Brush lightly with coconut oil to prevent sticking.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients except nuts. Whisk together the wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then pour into the dry ingredients.
  3. Using a large spatula, gently stir together the wet and dry ingredients, being careful not to over mix. Once fully incorporated, fold in the nuts.
  4. Scoop batter onto griddle in 1/3 cup portions and shape lightly into a circle. Cook for 3 minutes on the first side, flip, and cook an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Placed cooked pancakes on a cookie sheet and keep warm in an oven on the lowest setting while the rest cook. Serve with more apple butter and maple syrup.

Notes

Notes: *Make your own oat flour by grinding 2 heaping cups of oats in a blender until a fine powder forms. Sift out any larger pieces of bran. **These pancakes freeze extremely well. Freeze them flat on a cookie sheet lined with parchment then transfer to a large freezer bag for up to 3 months. ***Adapted from this recipe: https://minimalistbaker.com/life-changing-banana-walnut-pancakes-gluten-free/

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What I Ate Wednesday

A little reflection, a little coffee, and a lot of delicious eats. What I Ate Wednesday is a grab bag of goodies this week!

Hey y’all! We made it to Wednesday! I’m taking Friday off this week, so it’s basically Thursday, which means it’s almost Friday, which means my week is basically almost over. Logic.

Before the eats, I want to share a bit of a bit of a backslide I’ve had lately. I’ve been working extremely hard on loosening the reigns around food and exercise. A few injuries and some serious mental and emotional instability came as a warning sign that I was slipping back into some unhealthy disordered eating behaviors. So for the last few months, I have been feeding my body what it craves and moving it in ways that feel good, even if it means eating more and moving less. And everything has been feeling great until the last week or so…

As some negative body image and self-depreciating thoughts have crept in, so have my anxiety and need for control. I noticed it today when I thought to myself “it’s time to stop eating so many snacks“. HOLD UP. Snacks are great. Snacks keep me sustained through the day. Snacks keep me from eating my arm off before dinner.

I’m proud of the fact that I’m able to recognize these unhealthy thoughts and call them out for what they are. But it’s hard. It’s hard to feel shitty about my body and accept that I don’t need to act on that. I’ve been torn between wanting to control my body to look a certain way and wanting to just be able to relax be comfortable in my own skin. The choice is obvious but like many things in life, it’s “easier said than done”. But aren’t all things worth having at least a little hard?? Isn’t that why we buy pistachios with the shells on??? No…? Oh…

Thanks for listening to my ramblings. Putting these thoughts on a page help me cope. Now let’s talk about the fun stuff, shall we?

Per usual, we split a banana on the way to the gym. Even more exciting though, was what we picked up AFTER the gym. First, we voted (hopefully you did too!). Then, we hit up the brand new Native Cold Pressed juice bar and cafe that opened in our neighborhood. John got the coffee smoothie and I got a pumpkin pecan protein bite and a pumpkin hazelnut latte. When we got home, I used the latte as creamer in my Dandy Blend coffee substitute. It was SO DOPE and I already know my bank account is going to suffer now that this new shop is open…

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Despite the goodies, I still wanted a full breakfast so I whipped up a hugh jass smoothie. I packed in: frozen banana, blueberries, cauliflower, beets, Garden of Life chocolate protein powder, Amazing Grass greens powder, a big handful of spinach, and almond milk. Super yum!

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I snacked on the aforementioned protein bite throughout the morning which kept me full for a surprisingly long time.

I’m just going to throw it out there, my lunch was disappointing. Womp, womp. We were at Easton this weekend and popped into Piada for lunch. I was pumped to see their new Mediterranean Power Bowl, which looked right up my alley. GUYS. I was blownnnn away. It far exceeded my expectations. So much so, that I tried to recreate it at home. I cooked up some quinoa, piled on roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes, and sautéed some chickpeas with za’atar. I even made the harissa yogurt sauce that I didn’t get at the store (because dairy) with Kite Hill plain Greek style yogurt. But without the pickled onions, cilantro, and green harissa sauce, my copycat iteration just lacked the pop of acid the original heftily delivers. Looks like I’ll be finding excuses to get to Piada more often…

The Piada version:

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My version:

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Someone please tell me I’m not the only one who snacks while waiting for dinner to cook….. Bueller…? I’ve been on a kick for crunchy snacks lately and these green bean crisps are my love language. Peep the little kitty begging for a bite…

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Please don’t judge this dinner by its dimly-lit cover. It may be ugly, but the Mexican taco casserole I made on Monday has been a dinner hit all week. It was totally improvised but I may have to try to recreate it to share the recipe here! Some more roasted cauliflower and broccoli on the side to fill up our plates and bellies.

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After dinner, we fooled around with John’s new iPhone 8+ and I sipped on this Healthaid ginger lemon kombucha. I hadn’t had this flavor before and while I love ginger, I wouldn’t get it again. The ginger was so strong I had heartburn all evening…

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That’s all I got! Be kind to yourself this week. Love yew!

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