Easy Apple Cinnamon Pancakes (Vegan)

Easy Apple Cinnamon Pancakes (Vegan)

Easy Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Happy Sunday morning!

Talk about having a creative cooking weekend! Three recipes in a week! I figured since it’s been awhile since I last made something for breakfast other than overnight oatmeal or ham biscuit sandwiches with a coffee smoothie, why not try pancakes?

So I decided to try making Apple Cinnamon Pancakes! Who doesn’t love pancakes once in awhile? Especially when it’s topped with fresh fruit and drizzled with delicious maple syrup. I decided to use a diced Gala apple as my topping. Of course, it would have tasted better if it was more of a compote but it’s a quiet Sunday morning.

Easy Apple Cinnamon Pancakes Diced Apple topping with a bit of lemon juice

To make this, I mostly followed the directions on Namaste’s Pancake and Waffle mix box but I just replaced the eggs and milk with nondairy/vegan options. You can use any box mix you like really, but just need to adjust the ingredients below to replace any eggs or milk it asks. For the eggs, I replaced it with 1/4 cup of applesauce per egg. You can, however, use any other type of substitution from flax eggs, a chia egg, 1/2 banana per egg, etc. Then for the 1/2 cup of milk, I just used some homemade hemp milk.

Easy Apple Cinnamon Pancakes Batter Mix Prep

This recipe makes about 6 to 8 pancakes overall.

Easy Apple Cinnamon Pancakes Pan cooking step

Ingredients:

  • Namaste Waffle and Pancake mix
  • 1/2 cup Nondairy milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (to replace eggs)
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • About 1-2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Maple Syrup
  • Toppings of choice
  • Vegan butter or oil for the frying pan/griddle

Directions:

  1. Prepare and measure your ingredients before adding them to a kitchen aid mixer with whisk attachment. (Or can add all the ingredients minus the maple syrup, toppings, and butter, to a regular mixing bowl and just whisk everything together)
  2. Turn on your mixer to a low setting and mix all the ingredients above with the exception of the last three.
  3. While your pancake mix is mixing, heat a frying pan or griddle over low heat. Add some butter or spray with oil. Once the pan/griddle is hot enough, take about a 1/4 cup of the now mixed together, pancake mix and add to your pan or griddle. (If there’s enough room, can try making two at a time.) You can add some additional cinnamon to your pancakes in this step too.
  4. Once your pancakes are starting to bubble, flip your pancake over to brown the other side. Once both sides are brown and cooked through, set on a plate before repeating step 3 and 4. You might have to use additional butter or oil spray to make sure your pancakes do not stick tot he pan/griddle.
  5. Once your pancakes are all cooked, add your toppings and syrup and enjoy!
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Easy Unsweetened Cinnamon Applesauce

Easy Unsweetened Cinnamon Applesauce

Unsweetened Cinnamon Applesauce

Making applesauce is quite easy. I never realized it till as of late and started cooking more. My dad originally found a recipe on how to make applesauce and it called for juice and sugar too I think. (It’s been awhile since I saw the recipe really) Anyways, It’s pretty simple overall to make. You can even omit the juice if you like as well as the sweetener if you’re wanting unsweet applesauce.

Unsweetened Cinnamon Applesauce In Prep Stage

The only time-consuming part us just slicing and peeling apples. If you have an apple slicer, this process will go much faster but if you’re just using a knife, it will be a bit slower time wise.

Now the apples you choose will make your applesauce either sweet, sour, or roughly in the middle. If you want your applesauce to be sweet, I suggest using like Red Delicious or Fuji apples at least. If you’re looking for more sour, then Granny Smith apples would be a good choice. I usually use whatever apples are moderately sweet, like Gala, that Aldi’s offers for a good price and just add a bit of stevia as needed to make it perfect.

 

Unsweetened Cinnamon Applesauce In Blender

I use my Ninja Pulse food processor to make everything I need from applesauce to smoothies and even dough too. It has been a great investment and works rather well. Next on my “to make” list will be trying out juicing recipes.

This recipe will make a small amount. If you’re wanting a large container of applesauce, I suggest at least doubling the recipe.

Unsweetened Cinnamon Applesauce

Ingredients:

  • 5 small to medium sized apples
  • 1/4 cup apple juice (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp of lemon juice
  • Cinnamon (optional to taste)
  • Stevia (optional to taste)

Directions:

  1. Wash, slice, and peel your apples. Then place each slice in your food processor or blender.
  2. Add lemon juice to keep apples from browning and add your cinnamon and stevia if you’re planning on sweetened cinnamon applesauce.
  3. Then add your liquid so it’s just enough to help blend everything together.
  4. Once blended to desired consistency, pour into a sealable container and place into your fridge to become cold.
  5. Enjoy!

Vegan Baked Onion Rings -Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly

Vegan Baked Onion Rings -Gluten Free and Allergy Friendly

Vegan Baked Onion Rings

Happy National Onion Rings Day!!!

Onion rings are a guilty pleasure of mine. When I used to dine out, if they had the option of replacing a side with onion rings I would (or even as an appetizer)! Having them with ketchup or ranch dressing was a simply divine crunchy explosion on your taste buds amazingness.

Of course, they were nowhere near healthy but that’s to be expected when dining out. Now that I am currently working on being “healthier”, I found a good base recipe on making baked onion rings but seems like I lost the link. I’ll add it once I can find it again.

The ingredients I used were mainly allergy friendly but you can easily replace the ingredients with your favorite brands.

Vegan Baked Onion Rings - Baking in progress

Ingredients:

  • Sweet onion sliced approx 1/4″ thick
  • 1 cup Flour of choice + 2 TBS
  • Nondairy milk of choice
  • 1 TBS of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup Breadcrumbs (I use Full Circle Organic Gluten Free)
  • A dash of salt & pepper
  • Oil or nonstick spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Using a bowl, add 1 cup of nondairy milk of choice, 1 TBS of apple cider vinegar, 2 TBS of flour, and salt and pepper. Whisk to mix together then let sit for 10 minutes to thicken.
  3. While your waiting for your milk to thicken, place about 1 cup of flour on a plate or bowl and your breadcrumbs on another plate or bowl. For the breadcrumbs, feel free to add spices like salt and pepper or parsley and mix together.
  4. Take your sweet onion and slice it about 1/4″ thick. Separate the rings and use the larger rings.
  5. Coat each ring in flour before dipping into your nondairy “buttermilk” and then coating it with breadcrumbs.
  6. Set each ring as they are finished on a nonstick baking sheet (or foil-covered too and sprayed with nonstick oil).
  7. Once done, place in the oven for about 20 minutes flipping over halfway. You can spray each side with oil to make it extra crispy while cooking.
  8. Once the rings are cooked, enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oatmeal

Trying to figure out what to make for breakfast can be challenging. It’s more challenging when you have food allergies or intolerances amongst other dietary restrictions.

Even though this recipe isn’t completely Top 8 Allergen friendly, you can replace ingredients to easily work with your diet.

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oatmeal

Vegan Cinnamon Apple Overnight Oatmeal

Vegan Cinnamon Apple Overnight Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use gluten free oats)
  • 2 Tbs of organic light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp (approximately) of ground cinnamon
  • 1 small sweet apple like Fuji or Gala
  • 1/2-1 cup of hemp milk
  • A dash of vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients (except the apple) to a bowl with a lid.
  2. Mix together then cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
  3. In the morning, dice the apple into small bite-sized pieces before adding to your oatmeal.
  4. Enjoy!

Some additional options to try:

  • Protein powder (suggest either unflavoured or vanilla)
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds

Frankies Fun Park in Raleigh

If you’ve never been to a “fun park” per se, this place would be a good experience. One could think Frankies in Raleigh is a mix of county fair meets Dave and Busters arcade. Lots of flashing lights inside and a bit noisy but thats to be expected in an arcade. But rest assured, this place isn’t just an arcade with lots of lights. Nope. They have a lot more they offer. Some of the attractions are:

  • Laser tag 
  • Bumper cars
  • A couple racetracks
  • Bumper boats
  • Mini golf
  • And more.

Granted I just enjoyed the arcade part while my friends/coworkers enjoyed going on one of the racetracks and the arcade. Outside, they have multiple rides as mentioned in the list above that seems like a county fair in a way but a lot of fun and a decent open space so it doesn’t feel too crowded. Of course I was there when not too many people were there so was a good time overall as I figure come summer and when schools are out, it must get crowded at least.

Inside the building where the arcade is located, they have card machines that can be used just about anywhere, a food court type of area (which I didn’t venture to but was tempted to see about an iced tea or coffee), of course the laser tag, and also a 3d type of game. They also have skee-ball, an air hockey pac man game, some basketball hoop games, bowling, and more. They do have quite a few prize machines, a fruit ninja game (which sadly froze on me after the third game or so oops.), a walking dead and jurassic park games, and a couple photo booths too.

They do have ample parking though they could use a few more handicapped parking spots. The building is also pretty colorful with reds, blues, and yellow/orange colors. It certainly grabs one’s attention. The only downer (besides being a bit expensive) is that when driving up, you have to pass it and make a u-turn at the next opportunity to get on the correct side if your coming from Route 40 east/Rt 147 onto Alexander Drive. Other than that, its pretty easy to get to the park.

I would definetly go back again and enjoy more of the games! I’ve included a link below for anyone who might be planning a trip to the area or who, like me before today really, has never heard of this arcade fun park.

Frankies Fun Park in Raleigh

Quick and Easy Breakfast Ham Sandwich

Having a busy lifestyle means not having much time in the day to make full meals. So something quick in the mornings to take on the go can be essential to help with energy till at least lunch.

I came up with the idea of a breakfast ham sandwich when I needed something quick in the morning to take with me before heading out grocery shopping. Hence, the breakfast ham sandwich!

Now I know a lot of times, folks like having like a scrambled or fried egg in their sandwiches but for those who cannot have eggs, this is pretty simple to have too and can be filling.

In the picture below, I made the onion slice just a little too big. LOL. The sandwich was still good though!

Breakfast Ham Sandwich

Quick and Easy Breakfast Ham Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs of Mustard (I use regular but feel free to add like honey mustard or dijon mustard)
  • 2-3 Wellshire Farms Breakfast Ham Slices (Can use any type of ham too but this brand is good for those with food allergies though I suggest checking their website first before buying)
  • 1 Slice of Sweet onion
  • 1 Pre-cooked Biscuit or 2 slices of toast of choice
  • Oil of choice (High heat preferred)
  • Slice of cheese (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Take a frying pan and add your oil of choice to it. Set it on low to medium low heat.
  2. Add your breakfast ham slices to your frying pan as it heats up. I would suggest using a splatter screen as the oil will splatter while you cook.

    Breakfast ham in oil panfrying

  3. Have the breakfast ham cook till it’s lightly brown on each side. Can take 1-2 minutes give or take depending on how hot your frying pan and oil are. I do suggest keeping a close eye on it as you can overcook the ham quickly when the heat is high.
  4. When one side is cooked lightly brown, use a pair of tongs to flip and cook the ham on the other side until lightly brown as well.
  5. Once your ham is cooked, transfer to paper towels to dry the excess oil. You might need to give it a pat down to remove all the oil from both sides of the ham.
  6. Discard the oil in the frying pan once it has cooled down enough to handle and continue letting the pan cool away from the hot burner.
  7. While your ham is cooling, slice your biscuit in half (or your toast; you can also toast your biscuit too even!). Add your mustard to both halves.

    Whole wheat biscuit with mustard and sweet onion

  8. Take a sweet onion and peel the outer skin layer. Once that is complete, take a sharp cutting knife and make a thin slice about 1/4 inch or to desired thickness. Place your onion slide on one-half of the biscuit.
  9. Add your now cooled ham slices to the other half of your biscuit before putting both sides together.
  10. Enjoy!

Notes: You can add cheese or an egg to this sandwich easily as well. I would suggest to melt the cheese either putting it in the microwave at the end for a few seconds or in your toaster oven for a few moments.

Vegan Banana Mango Smoothie

Hi everyone!

I know it’s been a long time since I added something new so I came up with a simple, easy recipe that can be made in a couple minutes. Of course, not including freezing the bananas for a couple hours at least beforehand. I hope you all enjoy!

Vegan Banana Mango Smoothie

Vegan Banana Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Mango juice (approximately or at least to fill up the cup so that the bananas and ice are covered)
  • 1/2 frozen ripe sliced banana
  • 2 small handfuls of ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend till desired thickness.
  2. Pour into a cup and enjoy!

Serving size: 1-2 cups

Note: If your bananas are not ripe enough, you might need to add a bit of sweetener like stevia, honey, or agave nectar. It might change the flavour a bit so I definitely suggest using ripe bananas.

Easy Pan-Fried Breaded Chicken Breasts (Gluten Free)

Easy Pan-Fried Breaded Chicken Breasts (Gluten Free)

Happy Thursday everyone!

This recipe is pretty simple but tasty! I first made it and had the lightly pan-fried chicken breast slices with some cornbread waffles as was needing something different than the usual baked chicken.

Of course, you can add any sides you like from waffles to loaded mashed potatoes or even creamy mashed cauliflower too. The possibilities are endless! These pan-fried chicken breasts would be good topped on a salad even.

The breadcrumbs I used were the Full Circle Italian breadcrumbs brand that I found at my local Lowes grocery store but any brand will do. If you don’t have the Italian style breadcrumbs, you can add some parsley flakes and salt and pepper to the breadcrumbs before you coat the chicken breasts.

Ingredients:

  • Gluten Free Breadcrumbs (Italian style works amazing!)
  • 1lb Chicken breast thin sliced
  • Salt & Pepper for seasoning
  • Oil (I use canola but any high heat oil works)

Directions:

  1. Clean and cut chicken into thin strips.
  2. Add breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper (and if not using Italian style, add parsley flakes too!) onto a plate. Lightly coat the chicken breasts in the breadcrumbs till each piece is covered.
  3. Heat oil on low to medium heat in a frying pan. (Be careful as the oil will splatter as it cooks the chicken. I use a splatter screen for my frying pan to help minimize getting splattered and burned.)
  4. Add a few chicken slices to the hot oil and cook till browned on each side and thoroughly cooked.
  5. Place each cooked piece of chicken on a plate with paper towels. Once finished cooking the chicken breast slices, pat dry with a paper towel before serving.

Enjoy!

via Daily Prompt: Fry

Easy Crockpot Chicken Zoodle Soup (Low Carb, Gluten Free, Vegan option)

Good morning! 

Since the weather has been bouncing between hot and cold, I figured that it would be good to share an easy recipe for soup. Goodness knows that with the weather doing what it currently is, our health can go downhill pretty easily. Of course, this recipe is good for any time of the year but great for when you have a cold or just need a comfort food. I have also included a vegan option too for my vegan visitors. 🙂 

Ingredients:

  • 2 large Chicken breasts (or vegan meat substitute)
  • Vegetable broth (3-4 cups)
  • 2 large Zucchini spirialized
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2-3 Large Carrots chopped (or a handful of baby carrots)
  • 4 Celery stalks chopped

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Cut your chicken into strips and place on a nonstick baking sheet. (I have mine usually on a foil-covered baking sheet sprayed with some nonstick spray or oil)
    3. Once oven is preheated,  place the chicken in the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes. Once cooked, remove from oven and shred with two forks or wait till cool and shred the chicken. Note: If you have precooked chicken already, feel free to skip the first 3 steps and just shred the chicken breasts.
    4. Next, gather your sweet onion, carrots, and celery.  Dice these vegetables into bite sized pieces and add to your crock pot. 
    5. Take your broth and add to the crock pot plus salt and pepper. Mix together  and add shreded chicken before setting on low heat for approximately 6 hours. If you use a dry broth mix, add a couple tablespoons (or to taste) to about 3-4 cups of water. 
    6. About 45 minutes to an hour before your about to serve your soup, take a couple zucchini and spirialize them into noodles and add them to your soup. Stir then let it cook for about 45 minutes to an hour before serving.

    Vegan option: Omit chicken and use extra firm tofu or other meat substitute and veggie broth.

    Easy Blueberry Hemp Protein Overnight Oatmeal (Vegan)

    Hi everyone! 

    I wanted to share with you all an easy (and vegan!) breakfast that is high in protein and healthy.

    As you may be aware, a good breakfast is ideal to help balance your day and having plenty of protein can help you stay fuller longer. Plus the benefits of blueberries being one of the best fruits with fiber and other nutrients adds to this ideal breakfast.

    This breakfast oatmeal has quite a bit of protein. Not only from the home made hemp milk but also organic hemp protein drink powder. This protein powder I found on Vitacost (vitacost brand) and not too expensive but a heads up, it does have an earthy taste. If you have a different protein powder, you can certainly try it with this recipe. You might just need to adjust the flavoring if you do.


    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup rolled oats
    • 1/2 cup hemp milk
    • 1 tbs hemp protein powder
    • 1/2-1 cup  blueberries (fresh or frozen)
    • 1 tbs brown sugar
    • Dash of cinnamon

    Directions:

    1. Add first four ingredients into a mason jar or other container. 
    2. Add brown sugar and cinnamon to taste then mix contents together.
    3. Place lid on container and put in the refrigerator overnight.
    4. Enjoy!