Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Did we all have the most amazing Christmas? Did we all eat so much we had to be rolled to bed? No? Just me? Are we all mentally preparing for how awesomely healthy we’re going to be in the new year? Dreaming about how we’re finally going to get that super hot body that everyone else seems to have? 

I’ve given up on the idea that I can be healthy. The thought of eating green beans is basically equivalent to being forced to eat a bucket of meal worms in my mind. I have a serious psychological block against fruits and vegetables, and I don’t think I can change it. Apart from a serious slow down on the no holds barred feasting of the holidays, my plan is to experiment with some recipes that make little tweaks to foods that I can eat without gagging to make them a bit more healthy. 

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

These Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles are part of that experiment. A very successful part. This recipe features three ingredients I would normally roll my eyes at for being ridiculous and probably not tasty health fads, whole wheat pastry flour, coconut oil, and chia seeds. I am not a nutritionist, so I am not the person to tell you what’s healthy and what’s not. What I can say is that these waffles are awesome.

The whole wheat pastry flour gives the waffles a great chewy texture. The chia seeds provide a bit of crunch, and the coconut oil doesn’t make it taste like coconut, which I was worried about since that’s a flavor I cannot abide. This recipe makes four waffles, which is perfectly reasonable for a normal size family, but if you do have leftovers, these are great reheated in the toaster. And yes, in case you’re wondering, I did still slather these in butter and syrup, so I’m sure I negated any health benefits. I’m not worried.

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

A new year is almost upon us, but every day is the right day to be your most awesome self. Let’s eat waffles and fall in love with life.

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles
Serves 4
Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles are awesomely delicious and possibly slightly healthy. You know, if you're into that.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  2. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  3. 2 tablespoons sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  8. 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
  9. Zest of 1 lemon
  10. 1 egg
  11. 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  12. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  13. 2 tablespoons chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat your waffle iron so it's ready to go when your batter is finished.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, gently whisk pastry flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to combine and work out any lumps.
  3. In a separate container such as a large measuring jug, whisk together buttermilk, melted coconut oil, lemon zest, egg, and lemon and vanilla extracts until well combined.
  4. Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and gently and quickly fold and stir these together until combined Don't panic about a few lumps. Add your chia seeds and fold those in as well.
  5. Add the batter to your waffle maker and cook until golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside. Ever waffle maker is different, so do what works best for yours in terms of how much batter to add. I get four waffles from my waffle maker out of this recipe.
  6. Serve your waffles hot with butter and maple syrup or whatever your favorite waffle toppings are.
Adapted from Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant
http://awesomeon20.com/
Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants

Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I write my blog posts in the evening, which is probably a mistake. At about 7:00 pm, I hit a productivity wall that I often find insurmountable. It’s 7:40 right now, and I’m like words? What are those?

I’m also supposed to make a cake later so I can frost and decorate it in the morning and shoot it before going out to an early dinner. It’s an extremely safe bet that this cake will not get made tonight. I probably won’t even pick up the cookbook. The last dregs of my energy are going into this drivel right here. 

That being said, there’s a somewhat decent chance I’ll manage to drag myself down the stairs and around the corner for chips. I’m hungry.

Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It just so happens I have a very lazy recipe for you today. Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants are the perfect thing to offer any drop in holiday guests or offer up as a light breakfast for family or friends who might be staying over. Or you could just scarf them all yourself. That’s what I did.

These Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants are super easy to make and you can easily keep all the ingredients on hand to have them fresh out of the oven whenever you need them. Unroll dough, sprinkle cinnamon sugar, snap a chocolate bar, roll up, sprinkle again, brush, bake. Easy peasy.

Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s all be lazy together. Let’s eat Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants while we do it. Productivity is overrated.

Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants
Serves 8
Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants are a delightful sweet treat you can bring together in a flash.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/6 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  3. 1 sheet puff pastry
  4. 1 egg, beaten
  5. 8 pieces of dark chocolate (I just snapped small chunks off a bar of dark chocolate, but you could use chunks or chips, whatever you have)
  6. Pinch of sea salt flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F (200C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  3. Unroll your sheet of puff pastry. Mine was wrapped in parchment in the package, so I just left it on that, but if yours doesn't come with, slide some parchment paper underneath. Use a pizza cutter to cut your pastry sheet in half.
  4. Brush one half of your puff pastry sheet with your beaten egg. Sprinkle most of your cinnamon sugar over your egg wash, holding a little bit back for sprinkling over the top at the end. Place the other half or your puff pastry on top of the cinnamon sugar side, and pinch the edges together to seal.
  5. Cut your new rectangle in half in both directions creating four rectangles, then cut each of these rectangles in half diagonally, creating 8 triangles. Place a chunk of chocolate at the wide end of each triangle, then roll it up toward the point. Tuck the edges under and give a light pinch to keep all the chocolate goodness inside. Place each mini croissant on your baking sheet. Give them room to grow.
  6. Brush each croissant with the remaining egg wash, sprinkle on the remaining cinnamon sugar, and add a light sprinkling of sea salt.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. These are best served warm but are still pretty awesome the next day if kept in an air tight container.
Adapted from Homemade Decadence by Joy the Baker
http://awesomeon20.com/
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18 Awesome Ways to Eat Potatoes

18 Awesome Ways to Eat Potatoes

18 Awesome Ways to Eat Potatoes

It might be National Potato Day, but even if the internet is lying to me, I want to give you any excuse to eat potatoes. I know we’re not supposed to be eating carbs or whatever, but I super don’t care about that. Potatoes are s versatile and so delicious. Oh, and so cheap. So here are 18 different recipes that will bring potatoes into your life in a most delicious way.

This Cheesy Potato Soup is absolutely unbelievable.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad is going to be your new go to pot luck recipe. 

Spicy Potato Cakes are a genius way to use up leftover mashed potatoes the next morning.

Breakfast Nachos are a solid way to start your day.

Put your entire meal in some tasty pastry with Cornish Pasties

Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Bake is a simple and awesome week night meal.

Potatoes are loved around the world. Try this Potato and Spinach Curry fr a whole new flavor profile.

This Breakfast Burger has everything, including a crispy hash brown.

Dill Potato Salad is the perfect side dish on a hot summer day. 

Twice Baked Potatoes are a meal unto themselves.

Rosemary Potato Rolls always make it onto my Thanksgiving table.

The potatoes might be my favorite part of Sky High Breakfast Pizza.

Ridiculously Awesome Mashed Potatoes appear with my dinner on a regular basis. 

Indian Spiced Pea and Potato Wraps are like an Indian burrito for potato lovers.

Ham and Potato Soup is just what you need on a cold winter night.

Chicken Corn Chowder has all the flavor.

Chili with Gnocchi makes a pot of chili extra awesome by adding soft potato dumplings. 

If you want roasted potatoes with your meal, but you also want to eat right now, Parmesan Fried Gnocchi will make all your dreams come true.

Morning, noon, or night, I’m never saying no to a potato.

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