Vegan Appetizers for Super Bowl 2018! This will be my 3rd year posting Super Bowl apps. In the past, they’ve been both veg and vegan. This year, they’re solely vegan! (Like me) 😉 Now, I’d be totally lying to you if I said that I knew shit about football. I’d also like to state that I was in the marching band in HS. Still, I know nothing. To be fair, we had the WORST football team on Long Island. We excelled only in soccer and lacrosse. However, our marching band was the best on the island. Aahhh… memories… me and my lil’ clarinet, band clinic, hat & plume, a uniform that didn’t fit well, crushes on virtually all jazz musicians, scavenger hunts, Hofstra performances etc… good times. I digress (as usual), in that trip down memory lane, I should’ve included: football games. I’ve always wanted to be into football. My husband and I used to chat about coming back to live in the US and becoming huge football fans. Bringing our kiddo to the games, wearing jerseys, having people over to watch the Super Bowl etc. So far, none of this has happened. I LOVE the comradery that football fans have with one another. I envy my friends who all get together to watch games, drink, and eat. It sounds amazing! This year, I’ve purchased a Nerf football and I am adamant that I will toss this with my wee man, paint black lines under our eyes, eat game time appetizers, and shout things like “Blitz!,” “Get rid of the ball!,” “RUNNNN!!!” All whilst not having a f#$%ing clue as to what I’m sayin’, ya know?! Anyway, it seems fun and better than simply watching it for the commercials and the halftime show (which often blows). Okay, done with my stories. Enjoy the Vegan Appetizers for Super Bowl 2018! Game time! “Go ___________!”
Here are the links to all of the pictures! (CLICK ON RECIPE TITLE FOR LINK)!
Vegan Blueberry Pancakes (Healthy!) is the best pancake recipe I have ever made. Not only are they loaded with flax and whole wheat, but they’re super tasty as well! I knew I wanted to make a nice breakfast on Sunday for the fam, and my wee man has been on a waffle/pancake kick for bfast during the week. I’d been spending stupid amounts of money buying organic, whole grain, blah, blah, blah… healthy frozen waffles/pancakes for him. I doubled this recipe and froze a TON of pancakes so he now can have these homemade, and WAYYYY cheaper breakfast delights. Grey eats them every morning topped with PB & coupled with a side of strawberries. Not a bad way to start his lil’ day. 😉
Usually, whilst I cook, I either listen to music or catch up on TV shows on my computer. This Sunday, it was the latter. I had been itching to watch the last episode of “This is Us.” I’d been actively evading all of the articles I’d seen about it, as I could basically smell the sorrow and plot give-away from my screen. Let’s just say that these Vegan Blueberry Pancakes (Healthy!), are made with love and LOTS of tears… literally. OMG… Jack! The music, the crockpot, all mixed together! I can’t! Instant sobbing. Kate! You almost didn’t buy that dog after you totally had pulled her Audio heart stings! And, who could pass up an animal with that name?! I mean, c’mon! Finally, I’ll never look at my crockpot the same, and my borderline OCD was just kicked backwards a giant step simply because I’ll now be checking all appliances more than I already do to ensure, that they are, in fact, turned OFF. 🙁
Okay, now that I’ve let that out, I’ll leave you with this: Vegan Blueberry Pancakes (Healthy!) are freakin’ amazing, super easy, super quick, super healthy, and must be made! Think brunch, lunch, dinner, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day… or, any day! MWAH! -FGG
- 1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
- 1/4 C flax seed (ground)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 Tbl honey (OR 2 Tbl honey & 1 Tbl brown sugar)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 C unsweetened almond milk OR water
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce or cinnamon applesauce
- Oil spray for griddle or pan (I used canola)
- Heat griddle
- In a large mixing bowl, add all dry ingredients (plus honey)
- Add applesauce, milk or water, and vanilla extract, and berries. Mix until just combined - do not over mix
- Use a 1/4 C measuring cup or small ladle and the scoop batter onto the griddle
- Cook until bubbles form on the top and edges start to crisp (about 2 1/2 – 3 minutes per side)
- Flip pancakes, cook another 2 – 3 minutes. Repeat until batter is gone
- If you don't love blueberries, replace with another berry, OR opt out of the berries all together!
- Kir Royale & coffee
Cheers to all you mamas out there who just might be, “Sipping Your Way to Sanity.” Here’s to those who’ve had a killer day at work and came back to a tantrum. To those who’ve tried to leave their house an hour earlier but were busy wrangling the herd. To those who have wanted to basically stick their fingers in their ears, scream “LALALALALAAAAA” and pretend, for a mere moment in time, a blip in reality, that they never had children. This post, my fellow mamas, is for you…
Sipping My Way to Sanity
THERE IS LITTLE MEDINCINE that cures the insane to sane, the child shrieking shouts to child chill-outs, the husband headaches to husband halos. Little in the way of help for such abhorrent ailments. You can’t yell, can’t pray, can’t plead your way to the sanity Gods and Goddesses. When nothing else seems to work, and you feel defeated yet again, this simple solution might find you well: I’ve come to realize that you can most certainly, and should surely, start sipping your way to sanity. This is a skill in which I’ve become quite adept.
Sip, slurp, “Sure!”
Sip, slurp, “What?! No problem!”
Sip, slurp, “Spilt milk? Who cares!”
If I had a prescription pad it would read:
“One glass of wine per hour. Not to exceed one bottle per day.”
And, that would be my doctor’s handwriting. Barely legible, but kinda cute. (Side note: WordPress won’t allow me to keep my original and adorable font). An unnecessary point that I thought I’d share.
The problem with this is that we shouldn’t be drinking a bottle of wine per day. I wish that were an acceptable thing to do and that I wouldn’t be a shit teacher, colleague, and mom if I opted to imbibe daily in such a fashion. In fact, I wish that style was in fashion! I’d rock the shit out of it! Quick! Someone get Gucci into the wine making industry! I think this would make the winos of the world look more acceptable. Though, I think my face would get fat, my liver further damaged (four years of college plus about ten more because my mind never left that ‘university of booze’), and I’d most likely stop going to the gym (God bless Zumba classes and treadmills with TVs), and in turn gain an additional thigh, which Lord knows I most certainly can’t afford to gain. I sometimes pretend there is a parallel universe where all of the “no, you shouldn’t-s” are “yes, you should-s” and vice versa. Yes, I could see myself in a perfectly pretty place like that.
I had a crazy day at work last week. My students were fucking mental, and getting ready for multiple concerts makes my anxiety soar through the roof. You’d never know it by looking at me but I truly detest the weeks leading up to performances. The day itself? Totally cool as shit. Ugh. I came home and G-man was sick and in quite a mood, it was raining hard, again (note-to-self, this is what makes Oregon so beautiful so I should forgive Mother Nature…again), and I totally forgot to go to the store for food. What’s worse? I. Was out. Of wine! How could I have let this happen?! Someone upstairs must hate me today (rule of thumb for mothers: place blame elsewhere…always). So, instead of going to get food, I plopped my kiddo in the stroller, walked with the speed of light to the wine store next door (yes, next door- a blessing or curse in disguise… you decide) and voila! Bought myself a sultry and too expensive beautiful bottle of Pinot Noir. Oh, yes, I did. “Food? Pshhh… I’ll throw some things in a pan!” “Crying baby? Double ppshh! I’ll turn on the tube while I throw things in a pan.’ “Students and looming dark concert cloud following my sanity to hell? Triple pshhh! I’ll drink that shit away!” I confess, those are the days where I very well might have the entire bottle of wine. Plus, that shit spoils if you leave it overnight, right? (wink)
In reality, at the end of the day, all is forgiven. When my little man tells me, “Mommy, Ms. J (his nanny) doesn’t have eyeballs,” or “When I get older I’ll have a vagina then, okay?” or “Mommy, you need lemon for the hummus. You don’t know?” After he had gotten me all of the hummus ingredients without me reminding him, and I had actually forgotten the lemon. What a precious piece of pie. He’s my main squeeze, and it is he who is truly my best medicine.
Okay, since I’ve been wallowing in a sea of self-pity and reeling from the pain of being sick and now, having to work aaand be sick (as if parenting and illness paired together weren’t enough), I’ve decided to tell myself to “shut-up and get over my self-made pity party.” Really though, I’m pretty sure I woulda been almost okay by now if it weren’t for the fact that there is no ‘sickness’ in ‘parenting.’ Bless those who opted to have more than one… I’m both baffled and amazed by you. Secretly, I also think you’re masochists… even bigger masochists than us lone wolves for having one. Don’t worry, there’s Xanax for that… and a whole lotta wine. Okay, I digress. I was thinking about the one ray of sunshine that I’ve had in the past week and that was when my fam and I went to the Oregon coast to enjoy the beautiful Saturday. We saw elk crossing in the street, had our toes in the sand, walked in an adorably quaint seaside town (we were in Manzanita – read my last post), and enjoyed the serenity of the trees and beach grass surrounding us. There is no comparison to the Oregon Coast, as it has its own unique beauty. Totally different than Long Island beach towns where I grew up… of course, those are beautiful as well, just different. Anyway, that one highlight from the past week reminded me of a coast trip from this past summer. It’s amazing having awesome friends who share their amazing beach houses with you. G and I went with our friends Jessica & her adorable daughter Daphne. The backyard is flat and huge for the kiddos to roam and play t-ball, there’s trees and a large stream in the far back, a giant garden with a guest house and peace flags, mint, berries, and all kinds of amazing finds growing and ready to be picked. At the beach, when the tide goes out, this entire cave and large area with LOADS of sea creatures opens up for you to walk in and explore. It’s like magic! Airbnb or VRBO a place to stay if you ever have the pleasure of visiting one of these tiny towns and you’ll see it for yourself. Suh-weeeet…
I meant to create a post of this amazing weekend after I left the beach house and then kept on forgetting, and forgetting, and forgetting again. Hopefully, this lil’ flashback to summer days gets you excited for future beach days. For my fellow Portlanders, if we keep on having these amazing days we’ll be beachin’ it up all year! Although, we are gonna head to the mountain this weekend for some sledding & skiing if I’m not seeing double anymore when I stand-up. 😉 The glory of having the mountains and the coast equidistant from your home.
Cheers to a summer throwback… enjoy the pics! (Taken near Cannon Beach, OR)
Vegan Chicken Enchiladas & Jalapeño Margaritas! was shot at night on New Year’s Eve so the pics are poop. 🙁 However, I’ve been on my death bed with bronchitis and a cold/flu for almost a week now so it’s all I’ve got in the archives. I felt like crap-o-la at work on Friday, thought I was recovering on Saturday (went to Manzanita, OR – the coast – b/c it was beautiful that day) until my cough started up and bought me to the ER because urgent care was closed. Sigh… sickness blows. And, you know I’m sick when I don’t even want to eat food… that means I’m for reaaalllzzz sick.
Okay, back to the food. I tried packaged jackfruit that was pre-seasoned last year and I thought it was totally gross. However, many people have told me to make it myself and give it a second go, so, I did. I purchased it in a can at Trader Joe’s and seasoned it myself. Was awesome! NOTHING like the crap I had bought pre-packaged. Honestly, it reminded me of an artichoke. I made my own vegan cheese sauce, used red and green enchilada sauces (Christmas enchiladas), and, of course, had to make my famous spicy jalapeño margaritas to go with! Especially, since I was chef-ing this up for the new year! Bubbles during the EST & PST ball drops and margs the rest of the night. WOo-hOo!
Enjoy the recipes and my pics from Manzanita! I threw in one from our walk downtown on New Year’s Eve before the margs and enchiladas (G was super upset he couldn’t play in the fountain. 😉 Cheers to a MUCH warmer winter than last!
- 1 can Trader Joe's Jackfruit - sliced into thin strips
- 2 Tbl Trader Joe's Onion Salt
- 1 Tbl taco seasoning
- 3 cloves garlic - chopped
- 1 C onion -diced
- 1/2 C red enchilada sauce
- 1/4 C green enchilada sauce
- 3-4 C vegan cheese sauce (I used my own recipe - in recipe index on blog)
- 8 tortilla shells
- Oil for pan
- Salt to taste
- 10 limes - juiced
- 1 1/2 C tequila
- 1/2 C pickled jalapeño - sliced
- 4 oz orange juice
- 2 oz orange liquor of choice (Cointreau or Triple Sec)
- 2 Tbl agave or honey
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350f
- In a pan over medium heat, add onion in oil with a pinch of salt and cook for about 3 minutes
- Add garlic and cook for an additional minute
- Add jackfruit, onion salt, salt, taco seasoning, and stir occasionally for about 8-10 minutes or until slightly browned
- In a separate pan, spray with oil and layer the bottom with some enchilada sauce
- Evenly spread the jackfruit and cheese into each of the 8 tortillas
- Roll them up and place in pan
- Cover fully with the rest of the enchilada sauces and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until lightly crisped
- For the margaritas: (Make whilst the enchiladas are baking)
- Place all of the ingredients into a pitcher and mix well
- To serve, take a shaker with ice, pour mix over ice, and pour into individual margarita glasses - the jalapeños should be strained with the ice and therefore neither should enter the margarita glasses
- Margarita recipe makes about 6
- Enchilada recipe makes 8