I'm dancing around the kitchen with a mouthful of Lemon Poppyseed Waffles. Oh my!
These beauties are gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free—100% vegan. I have a thing for pancakes and all things waffle-y. So when I landed on this recipe I knew I had give it a go. This morning when I announced to the kids that we were having waffles for breakfast (on a school day nonetheless!), they squealed with delight. That's when I knew this recipe better deliver.
And, it did. Absolute perfection!
The sorghum and rice flour based batter was quick to whip up and the waffles cooked up beautifully. They had a light, delicate crisp with a hint of lemon and poppyseeds. Quite impressive for being egg-free! The recipe called for a teaspoon of xanthan gum—which I forgot (yikes, I thought). But they turned out just fine without it. If you don't have a problem with xanthan gum, by all means leave it in. But it's nice to know that these waffles turn out just fine without it. Next time I will add a few more poppyseeds and little more "lemon"—perhaps in the form of some lemon extract?
Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger
This month I adopted Allyson of Manifest:Vegan for the October 2011 Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger event.
Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger is a great monthly event that was started by Sea of Book Of Yum. Sea is a talented and active player in the world of gluten-free blogging and her event has really brought the community together—it's a great venue for making new friends and trying new recipes. Be sure to check out the round-up.
About Allyson and Manifest:Vegan
Allyson is the lovely and talented woman behind the blog Manifest:Vegan. In 2009 she set out to help get rid of that pesky stereotype that vegan food is un-palatable and well… limited to tofu and salad. Allyson shows you how vegan eating is easy, and really not limiting at all. Manifest:Vegan brings inspiration to your kitchen with recipes for deliciously compassionate eats!
In December of 2009 Allyson was diagnosed with celiac disease, which put a slight twist on her original intentions with the site. Now, not only is this website completely vegan, it is also entirely gluten-free. She just cautions readers to stay out of the archives prior to December 2009 if you have an intolerance.
What is a "Vegan" Anyway?
The other day my husband and I were chatting in the kitchen and the word "vegan" came up. He argued that it was a lifestyle—to which I agreed, but it also refers to the diet itself. Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients (like honey). According to Wikipedia, many vegans also do not eat foods that are processed using animal products, such as refined white sugar (I need to look into this one) and some wines. Most vegans also avoid the use of all products tested on animals, as well as animal-derived non-food products, such as leather, fur and wool. Some follow the diet out of compassion for animals, some for the health aspect—some for both reasons.
Last week I watched the film "Forks Over Knives." This documentary tells how a 100% plant-based vegan diet (no meat or animal protein) has been proven to stop and even reverse heart disease, cancer and the need for diabetes and other medications. It's an educational film and one worth watching.
Forks Over Knives got me contemplating this journey of finding the "right" diet and I appreciate what my friend Maggie said on Facebook; "We gotta change our diets with the seasons of our lives baby!" I love my vegan friends and I love my paleo pals and what they do have in common—and that is, WHOLE food. The consuming of whole food, food you can wash in the palm of your hand ... food that's not processed and boxed. I'd say I fall somewhere in between and it's working for me—at least in this season of my life.
How about you? Where are you on your journey. What is working for you?