Vegan Yum Yum Pancakes, Moe’s, And No Impact Man

April 18, 2010 by Keri

Yesterday morning we started off the day with Saturday perfection, vegan pancakes!  I made the “Weekend Pancakes Made Easy” recipe (page 32) from Vegan Yum Yum rather than my normal go-to memorized recipe.  They were a little thinner than I’m used to making, which I expected since it’s stated in the recipe it makes a thin pancake.  While I think I still prefer a fluffier pancake, these were really tasty and easy to make.

Vegan Pancakes Recipes

After brunch, we had an unplanned and unhurried family outing day, just stopping around some of our favorite places.  Days like that are my absolute favorite with no obligations and plenty of time to wander.  Since we had brunch rather than breakfast, we weren’t hungry at our normal lunchtime, but instead sometime mid-afternoon.  We were going to stop at a pizza place that offers interesting toppings and vegan pizza (as long as you go cheeseless), but the husband thought Moe’s sounded better and who could object to Moe’s?! Not I. The little man and I shared this massive tofu, black bean, rice, guacamole, pico, and lettuce burrito.  We left Moe’s full and happy, pretty sure we wouldn’t want to even think about eating the rest of the day.

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This morning, I started off the day with some green juice in my Vita-Mix.  I tossed in a cup of water, an orange, a couple of handfuls of spinach, some hemp seed, and a little milled flax. I never would have guessed that my ideal days would start with throwing greens in a blender, but not only am I loving green juice, I’m loving the way it makes me feel!  I’m beginning to think green juice could be my new coffee.

Vegan Juice Recipes

For lunch, I decided to make a little fresh guacamole.  I’ve been hoarding a bag of tortillas for awhile now, warding off their consumption with my claims of needing them for this guacamole I had yet to make, so I figured it was probably time.  I combined two avocados, two tablespoons of lemon juice, a pinch of sea salt, and another of cilantro. Yum, fresh guacamole is heavenly!

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I was going to try out a new recipe from Veganomicon tonight, but when the little guy climbed into a chair at the dinner table and proclaimed his hunger, I decided I would move that to tomorrow and make something quicker for tonight.  Luckily, I had on hand those Gardein meals I found on sale for $1.99 per meal, meaning that we all ate dinner for $6!  I picked up three different varieties-burgundy trio, Thai trio, and Sicilian trio.  They were really delicious and so nice to have for when I need a meal ready fast.  I took took pictures of all three prepared as well, so I’ll put those in the review post.

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After dinner, we watched the documentary No Impact Man.  I know I’m a little behind on seeing this one, but if you’ve seen it I’d love to know what you thought.  I kind of wish he’d called it Low Impact Man, but I did think it was a really neat experiment.  I know we create way too much waste, meaning not only trash but resources also.  The thing I kept talking to the television about was their milk and eggs.  It seemed like they were having refrigeration issues all for the stupid milk and eggs!  Wouldn’t it have been easier just to forgo those altogether?  And if they didn’t eat meat for ecological impact reasons then why did they consume eggs and dairy?  Those were my biggest questions, but the film did get me thinking about where I’m most wasteful and one thing I definitely want to do right away is get reusable produce bags. I’ve been using reusable bags for everything else and it’s about time I stop taking the those flimsy little plastic baggies for my fresh produce.  Well, I better finish up some chores before bed.  I hope you had a great weekend also!

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Comments

  1. Amanda says:

    So incredibly jealous of your cheap find! None of my “local” grocery stores carry gardein yet, just WF which is mega expensive! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

    • Keri says:

      Yeah, I was pretty excited too! I was kind of kicking myself like, Why didn’t I buy more?!” But I noticed at that Kroger they’re only $3.99 regular which is still less than WF.

  2. I’ve never heard of No Impact Man but it sounds like a documentary I’d enjoy :)

    I’ve made those pancakes before! I agree- I like my ‘cakes thick & fluffy. haha I feel like we make a lot of the same things from the same cookbooks…we should start a vegan recipe review club

    • Keri says:

      We so should! We must be drawn to the same things when flipping through cookbooks! :P
      No Impact Man is very interesting, but they don’t really talk about, at the end, the outcomes or what worked for them and what didn’t. I think it’s their way of saying “Buy the book.” Haha.

  3. The pancakes look so good! And I have yet to try gardein. Not sure if I want to b/c I really dont like meat so not for me…but for kiddo like you said when mama needs a fast and easy meal…amen.

    oh so the tshirts and stuff you sell. i know andria at veg is sexy linked you about that. and your etsy store! but i have been thinking of having t’s screen printed up either with my blog, or just random yoga sayings or for me fitness comps, getting cute things printed. if you have any ideas for sites or any info you wanna share, im all ears girl

    sorry i feel like i picked your brain this week, hate to bother you and if you dont have time to reply, no worries!
    xox

    • Keri says:

      Yeah, they’re great for the kids, loaded with veggie proteins!
      If you’re wanting a little shop linked on your site, I recommend going with Spreadshirt.com. You can create a little custom shop on their site and they handle the printing, shipping, etc. No worries- I’ll email you more about it this afternoon! :)

  4. Dianne says:

    Those pancakes are perfection! Question: do you strain your juice after you blend it? I’ve never made juice at home since I don’t have a juicer, but it looks like you are managing quite well.

    • Keri says:

      I don’t strain it, so I guess I should technically call it a “smoothie”, but since it’s so smooth, thin, and juice-like, I always end up saying green juice. I put my Vita-Mix on the highest setting to really get it mixed smooth. :)