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Farmer’s Market strawberry pancakes

I used one of my finds at the St. Matthew’s Farmer’s Market to make some really tasty pancakes on Sunday!

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Well, pancake rather. I ended up making one big one instead of two smaller ones. I used the Hodgson Mill Buckwheat mix and added 1/2 cup unsweetened soymilk (for the milk), 1 tsp Ener-G egg replacer (for the egg) and 2 tbsp applesauce (for the oil). Josh didn’t want any, so I had leftovers the next day.

The texture was a little different (fluffy but kind of gritty) but I think that was the egg replacer. In the case of pancakes, flax egg works much better 🙂

But they were still tasty, including the Farmer’s Market organic strawberries!

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I have a lot more fun products, recipes, and whatnot to share with you guys, so much that it is starting to pile up on me. But I like the way the blog is going right now. Simple posts and more of a foodie feel, as opposed to a food journal. I’m past that point in my life now, so my blog should follow me. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Banana walnut chocolate chip pancakes

On Sunday morning, I like to make a special breakfast for myself, which usually means something like pancakes, waffles or French toast. This Sunday was no exception!

Believe it or not, I somehow managed to let myself run out of peanut butter (don’t worry, I have more now) so I had to work with what ingredients I had on hand.

What occurred was an amazing breakfast!

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I used 1/4 + 1/8 cup of Hodgson Mill’s Buckwheat pancake mix. I added 1 tsp Ener-G egg replacer, 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, and 1/4 cup + a splash of unsweetened rice milk and combined.

I also smashed half a banana and put it in the pancake mix. I cooked them over medium heat until they were done and then topped them with chocolate chips, walnuts, the other half of the banana and syrup.

Even without peanut butter, this breakfast made my day!

Do you like to make a “special” breakfast on the weekends?

Snacky Sunday

Yesterday morning, I had a special breakfast planned which is becoming a weekend tradition…pancakes!


This time I used my Hodgson Mill Buckwheat pancake mix and added almond milk, applesauce, pumpkin and a little agave nectar to the mix. I love knowing exactly what my pancakes are made of, don’t you?

Topped with Dark Chocolate Dreams & syrup, plus some blackberries on the side.

At church, I got a little hungry, so I snacked on some raisins.

But then during service, I got HANGRY so I broke into a Clif bar that was in my purse for emergencies (and to use it up since I’m sticking to less processed foods from now on). I ate half.

For lunch, we all went to Penn Station because my parents have only been there one time. Such a shame! Haha. Penn Station is another one of those great places for Josh and I to go together because we can both get something we want and not compromise our personal dietary preferences. I forgot to snap a pic so here is a recycled one from November (note: I didn’t eat fries this time).

The sandwich I had yesterday looked way better than that one, haha. I got the grilled artichoke sub (no cheese, no mayo) and added mushrooms, lettuce and brown mustard. Since I had snacked so much during church, I skipped the fries and chips. I didn’t need them anyway! 

After lunch, I ate the other half of my Clif bar for dessert 😉

I took Suzie to run around the dog park for a bit (she loves it), then headed to Mom’s. I tried to eat this orange while I was there but it was old, so I threw it away!


Dinner was another smorgasbord of multiple leftovers but still quite delicious!

Organic pinto beans on top of leftover couscous, pita with hummus, mixed vegetables. I ended up having another half of pita with hummus because I didn’t feel full yet.

Then I had a spoonful of Dark Chocolate Dreams before I went grocery shopping. Can’t go to the grocery store hungry at all! Too dangerous.

When I got home from all that, I was so tired from everything I’d done over the course of the day. So I sat down with a glass of wine and my favorite dessert 🙂

‘Twas a lovely Sunday. I snacked a bit more than normal but I was hungry and I’m trying to listen to that more than the voices in my head, haha.

How was your weekend?

Snow Day 2010

When I woke up at 5:30 this morning, I found out that I didn’t have to work today!

It started snowing last night into today and I think we’ve gotten somewhere around 6 inches of snow.

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Suzie and I have had fun today!

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Instead of going back to sleep, I enjoyed some leftover pancakes and coffee!

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Since I had the day off from my full-time gig, I got to work on my home duties that had gotten neglected over the busy weekend!

I literally cleaned my entire apartment, did laundry and dishes. Now I’m really hoping I get to go back to work tomorrow or else I won’t have anything to do 😉

I snacked on some nuts mid-morning and then took a break for lunch in the midst of my housework.

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Veggie burger with hummus in a pita pocket, plus some cauliflower. And a tangerine!

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Of course, I had some more tea this afternoon 🙂

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Loved this one!

All my cleaning worked up an appetite. I had this later in the afternoon.

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For dinner, I started off with a spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

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Then I made some rice & beans (pinto) sprinkled with hot sauce.

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And even more tea, if you can believe it. I’m obsessed!

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Jasmine is definitely a favorite. I think I like the other Jasmine tea I had before better than this one, but this is still really good!

I also tried a new product for a snack tonight.

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First, the Silk Almond milk is delicious. I’m glad I got the original because it’s just 60 calories per cup and its creamy and sweet (I used it in my green monster yesterday).

My mom has been raving about these Chocolate Cheerios forever, so when I finally saw them, I had to try them out.

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These taste just like Cocoa Puffs. I mean that in a good way. I’m going to have to be careful with these 😉

What’s the best new product you’ve tried lately?

Saturday pancakes

The best thing on a cold snowy morning? Pancakes!

I used the Buckwheat mix again, only this time I made a “flax egg” and used applesauce in place of the oil.

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They were delicious (and about 75 calories per cake, not too shabby)!

Just add peanut butter, banana and syrup, voila 🙂

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I can’t wait to have leftovers later in the week!

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What is your favorite comfort breakfast?

First Vegan Christmas

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!

Hope you all get lots of presents and quality time with your families these next few days. Suzie sure has been enjoying hers so far!

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This morning, I decided to make a special pancake breakfast 🙂

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Yet another Mama Pea repeat. I could live off her recipes alone 😉

This time I added extra cinnamon and it definitely made a difference! It was really hard not to eat the last one but I knew three was more than enough, plus it means I get to eat it again another day.

I’ve been really excited about my first vegan Christmas. My first vegan Thanksgiving was a success and my in-laws have been very accommodating to my lifestyle choices. Now it’s time to celebrate with my family!

My mom sent out an email earlier in the week to let us know what food would be there and that we could bring anything we like. I am taking a meatless meatloaf and replied that I would love for everyone to try it!

I think it just might happen. And my aunt asked me to bring copies of the recipe 🙂

I thought about making a dessert too but honestly, I am kind of dessert-ed out right now so I think I will just pass. Unless there is wine…

What are you doing for Christmas? Will you be making any special dishes?

I’m off to the YMCA to enjoy my complimentary Christmas-break membership. Spinning here I come!!

Chunky pancakes

Sunday was the first full day I was able to eat real solid food again, so I took the opportunity to make a special breakfast before church.

I’d been eyeing Mama Pea’s recipe for Apple Cinnamon Pancakes for quite a while now and I finally had all the ingredients and time to make them 🙂

Since I wasn’t too comfortable with “crunching” just yet, I left out the chopped apple and used some Musselman’s chunky applesauce (the recipe already calls for applesauce so I just used that amount).

It was neat to get little bites of chunky apple that were still soft enough for me to chew in my delicate dental state 😉

Topped it off with this bad boy…

I’ve had this brand before but it had been a while. I love almond butter but I have a hard time with the squeeze packs. I think they would be great for traveling, but at home before dawn, they are just plain annoying, ha ha.

Mmm, coffee…

I made a couple pancakes for Josh too who said “They were okay.”

Someday I hope to blow him away with my cooking skills, but for now I’ll take a small victory in getting him to eat a “partially-vegan” meal — he had eggs with his.

I think next time I’ll use more cinnamon!