My work is doing a conference this weekend, so meals are gonna be a tad tricky. But tonight, I got to go to Qdoba after I picked up one of the participants and we had dinner together. I was able to share with Dana about my new vegan diet and she had lots of questions. She was very kind about it, which I was glad for, because that's not always the case. At Qdoba, I had a Grilled Veggie Burrito which has zucchini, yellow squash and red bell peppers in it. YUMMY!! I got it with black beans and only a touch of rice and three different kinds of salsa + lettuce.
Then tonight, after our first session, I decided to come back to my apartment and made the most AMAZING pancakes EVER!!! No pics, but I will share my recipe with you. :)
Coconut-Cinnamon-Vanilla Buckwheat Pancakes
2/3 c. Arrowhead Mills Buckwheat Pancake & Waffle Mix
1 egg substitute (for me, it was 2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed + 3 Tbsp. water)
2 tsp. canola oil
2 tsp. raw sugar (the recipe calls for honey, but that's not vegan)
3/4 c. milk substitute (I used So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk)
Dash of cinnamon
Small handful of unsweetened coconut
about one teaspoon of vanilla
(As you can see, I added those last three in on a whim...)
Mix all ingredients just until lumps disappear. Using a 1/4 c. measuring cup, scoop pancake batter onto lightly greased pan or griddle and cook until cooked through, flipping after edges dry and surface begins to bubble. Makes about 6 pancakes.
I made these for breakfast in the morning, because I know that most of the food will be things I can't (won't) eat. But they smelled so good, I had to scarf down 1.5 of them just out of the pan. They are so thick and so delicious and I can just taste the healthiness. They're not too sweet, which is good, but they also have that extra vanilla kick that I love and the coconut and cinnamon just give it that over-the-top yumminess. You should really just try these. I can't wait to try more variations with this pancake mix.
I think I want to make a "breakfast" cookie for snack tomorrow as well. With the cookies and junk-food snacks that are gonna be at the conference, I want to make sure I'm not tempted to eat them. If I bring my own healthy snacks, I'll be much more likely to indulge in those. Stay tuned for more yummy recipes!! :)