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
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Black Bean & Chorizo Soup | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Black Bean & Chorizo Soup

Black Bean & Chorizo Soup | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Merry Christmas, friends. All this free time means I’m finally working ahead, and ironically, I’m already thinking about how full I’m going to be on Christmas. Of course, as you’re reading this, it is Christmas, so I imagine I’ve eaten two kinds of cookies, breakfast casserole, barbecue chicken dip, turkey, mashed potatoes, cake and homemade ice cream that I made in the ice cream maker my amazing husband got me for my birthday. 

My cat will be plowing through the mountain of wrapping paper. My family will be enjoying their new toys and such. I’ll be sipping too much Bailey’s. All will be totally chill with the world. Hopefully future/now Christmas is completely amazing. 

Black Bean & Chorizo Soup | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I made you this Black Bean & Chorizo Soup for when you finally reach the point that you can’t eat one more turkey sandwich. When you need something on the slightly lighter side with a completely different flavor profile, this soup will be waiting for you. And as a bonus, it’s super easy to make. 

Go easy on yourself by buying pre-cut chunks of chorizo. We’re also going to use canned black beans and green onions which we can chop with scissors, so we won’t even need to take out a cutting board. It’s all so simple and so delicious. 

Black Bean & Chorizo Soup | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hope you had an ideal Christmas and that you ate the most amazing dinner. Hope you still have room for Black Bean & Chorzo Soup.

Black Bean & Chorizo Soup
Serves 2
Black Bean & Chorizo Soup is a perfect post-holiday game changer you can make in a flash.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 ounces chorizo, chopped
  2. 2 green onions
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  4. 15 ounce can black bean soup, drained
  5. 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  6. 2 cups chicken stock
  7. Squeeze of lime juice
  8. 2 tablespoons sour cream
Instructions
  1. Put your favorite soup pot or sauce pan over medium heat and add the chopped chorizo. Allow it to cook for about five minutes until it releases its delicious orange oil and starts to crisp up a bit. Pull the chorizo bits out of the pot and save them for later in another bowl.
  2. Cut the green tops off your green onions and set aside. Thinly slice the whites of the green onions and add them into your pot, or just use scissors to cut them directly over the pot. Add in the ground cumin, stir this all together, and allow it to cook for a couple of minutes over low heat.
  3. Add the black beans, tomato paste, and chicken stock and bring this up to a simmer. Allow it to bubble away gently for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in a squeeze of lime juice.
  5. Divide your soup between two bowls, sprinkle the crispy chorizo back into each bowl, and dollop in a spoonful of sour cream into each bowl. Finally, scissor the tops of your green onion over each bowl.
  6. Stir, eat, and enjoy.
Adapted from Nigella Christmas
Adapted from Nigella Christmas
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Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail

Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I love Christmas break. I have no obligations. I can stay home in my pajamas as much as I want. I can eat muffins and peanut butter toast any time I want. And I get so much of my own work done. Work that I love. Except dishes. I still hate dishes.

I think it’s high time I win the lottery and become a lady of leisure. This real job nonsense is for the birds. More 

I used my Christmas break epic free time to make you a cheeky little cocktail for your holiday festivities. This Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail is sweet, chocolaty, and potent. We’re mixing up three spirits with some chocolate milk because we’re grown ups, but we still like to have fun. Creme de menthe is packing a pepperminty punch to bring the holiday spirit to your glass. It’s so good.

Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

And I’m not saying you have to give yourself a candy cane stir stick, but I can’t really think of a good reason why you wouldn’t. Whipped cream and cocoa powder are also optional, but would it really be Christmas without it. 

Merry Christmas, friends. Get real merry with a Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail in hand. It’s gonna be awesome.

Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail
Serves 1
This Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail is sweet, potent, minty, and oh so merry.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 shot vanilla vodka
  2. 1 shot creme de menthe
  3. 2 shots creme de cacao
  4. 1/2 cup chocolate milk
  5. Candy cane, whipped cream and cocoa powder for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add your spirits and chocolate milk to a collins glass, stir it all together with your candy cane, top with whipped cream and cocoa powder, and sip away.
Adapted from Eat, Live, Run
Adapted from Eat, Live, Run
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