Santa Lucia Mocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Santa Lucia Mocktail

Santa Lucia Mocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve never met a recipe I didn’t like. Now by this, I don’t mean that every recipe I see looks delicious or turns out great. What I mean is, there’s probably no recipe I don’t want to read. I love an expensive cookbook or a glossy food magazine, but I equally love to check out the recipes on the back of the food packaging or the free magazine in the grocery store. Yes, I realize these are basically just product ads, but some of them are really tasty.

I’m not puritanical about making everything from scratch. In fact, I’m super lazy and quite happy to take some help from the store. If something sounds good, I’ll try it, no matter where it comes from. And as a long-time picky eater, I’ll even sometimes try a recipe that sounds good in theory but I don’t necessarily want to eat myself. Any chance to turn a piece of paper or ones and zeroes on a computer screen into something potentially tasty, I’ll take it.

Santa Lucia Mocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

In case you haven’t guessed already, this Santa Lucia Mocktail comes from an ad in one of those free grocery store magazines. It’s a tangy, sweet mix of juices and fancy soda that’s pretty enough to serve at a party for friends who are driving or otherwise abstaining from alcohol. If the idea of a mocktail brings a hard eye roll to your face, I recommend adding a shot of rum to this mixture.

Ironically, my grocery store didn’t have all the ingredients the recipe suggested, so I improvised a bit, but I think it worked out well. The key ingredient is San Pellegrino Limonata, and everything else is open to interpretation. Something peachy, some fresh citrus, and a chilled martini glass puts you on your way to feeling fancy and refreshed.

Santa Lucia Mocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Don’t be afraid to try something a little low brow. You might be pleasantly surprised. Delicious things come from unexpected places. 

Santa Lucia Mocktail
Serves 2
This Santa Lucia Mocktail is tangy, fruity, and refreshing
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 200 ml San Pellegrino Limonata
  2. 50 ml orange, peach, passion fruit, mango juice or other peach juice mix
  3. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  4. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  5. Ice
  6. Citrus wedges to garnish
Instructions
  1. Add ice water to your martini glasses to chill.
  2. Pour Limonata and all juices into a cocktail shaker or measuring jug over ice. Shake or stir well.
  3. Pour out the ice water and divide your mocktail evenly between your two glasses, straining out the ice.
  4. Garnish with a wedge of fresh lemon or lime.
Adapted from San Pellegrino
Adapted from San Pellegrino
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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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Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Lemon Champagne Punch

Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This is the part where I usually say something silly about life and pretend it’s interesting. I admit, I’m not feeling particularly interesting today. I’m emerging from the dark side but still finding my footing. I’m making a concerted effort to relax and be happy, but it’s still feeling a bit foreign, a bit undeserved. These are the weird, illogical things that go through the mind of a depressed person, or at least this depressed person. Being happy takes work. 

But enough of that nonsense. Let’s talk about what I’ve got for you. It’s good.

Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I come bearing gifts for your sunny days. We have one more day of sun promised before the rain comes back, but you hopefully have lots of sun, maybe even unbearable heat in your future. You need some fizzy, sweet, and boozy. I like to give the people what they want.

 This Lemon Champagne Punch is sweet and tart, so get drinking. Just dump a bunch of lovely things into a lovely punch bowl or pitcher, give them a gentle stir, then sip until you couldn’t be happier.

Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You deserve to be happy. 100%. A little Lemon Champagne Punch could only help.

Lemon Champagne Punch
Serves 8
Lemon Champagne Punch is sweet and tart and bubbling with happiness.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  2. 1/2 cup caster sugar
  3. 1 cup vodka
  4. 1/2 cup limoncello
  5. 1 tablespoon vermouth
  6. 1 bottle (750 ml) dry sparkling wine, chilled
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients with ice in a punch bowl or large pitcher. Enjoy with friends.
Adapted from Emeril Lagase
Adapted from Emeril Lagase
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