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Cookbook Countdown: 17 Days to Go: Perfect Pancakes

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

I consider myself a master of many culinary things.... but pancakes are not one of them. Even before I was vegan, or cared about eating only whole grains, I struggled to make decent pancakes. 

The three men in my life (my father, my husband and my best friend) were all awesome at it -- total naturals. They could make you the best pancakes -- perfectly shaped, fluffy and delicious, with their eyes closed. For a while I thought it must just be something in their DNA. Why could they make pancakes and I couldn't? Was it because I was a girl?

Trying to use whole grain flours and veganizing a pancake recipe made the uphill battle for perfect pancakes even more challenging. 

Some time ago I developed this whole-wheat fat-free pancake recipe but I could never make them myself with any real success and even when the guys' made them,  I wasn't really thrilled with their texture.

That's when I decided to experiment-- and simplify the recipe. I decided instead of trying to adapt pancake recipes that use eggs, oil and white flour I would start from scratch with wholesome, plant-based ingredients.

The result is that I ended up with the best pancakes I've ever had and the batter is magical. No matter what you do, it pours beautiful and you get perfectly shaped pancakes every time. Even *I* get perfect pancakes. Just look at how fluffy they are:

Cookbook Countdown: 18 Days to Go: Quick Queso

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

I have no less than six recipes for "cheese" in my cookbook. 

Drum roll please: nacho cheese, cheddar cheese, quick queso, mexican queso, tofu basil ricotta and melty pizza cheese.

All of them are completely fat-free (well, except the ricotta which has a smidgen of fat naturally from the tofu) and they're instant to make! 

And although I could eat any of these "cheeses" with a spoon (and I may have done that a time or two) the quick queso is my latest obsession of the bunch.

Since you only need a handful of ingredients to make it (nutritional yeast, non-dairy milk, spices) and it comes together as fast as you can whisk (seconds) there's no excuse not to have queso at every meal... I've taken to making it almost every night this week. The one night when I didn't make it Scott asked if we'd ran out of the ingredients! I guess he's hooked too! 

Oh...so...cheesy! 

Cookbook Countdown: 19 Days to Go: Baked Onion Rings

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

I had a thing for Burger King's onion rings---and by "thing" I mean I enjoyed a small order almost every day for a year. (Oh, College!)

Needless to say, I felt a little deflated when I found out BK's onion rings (and pretty much all onion rings everywhere) are not vegan. I took this as a "good thing" though because onion rings are not exactly healthy and the less temptation the better... still, I found myself missing onion rings from time to time... especially any time I was eating a veggie burger.

(I'm convinced there are two kinds of people in this world: those who like fries with their burgers and those who prefer onion rings over fries. I am most definitely in that second camp!)

Anyway, I guess I needed the motivation of a cookbook to get me to finally try my hand at them, and really, I could kick myself for waiting so long. This was one of the first recipes I wrote for my cookbook -- and oddly enough, to compliment the mushroom burger I blogged about yesterday.

They are so easy to make it's criminal and they taste exactly the way I remember BK onion rings, only a lot less greasy. They're also made with whole-wheat breading...and zero added fat. Talk about a tasty snack you can feel good about when you eat the entire tray by yourself!