It was Super Bowl Sunday (obviously), so for this week’s challenge meeting, AJ decided to have people come over in the morning for breakfast. On the menu was oatmeal cooked overnight in a crockpot (yes you can do that!), oatmeal banana waffles with a fruit topping, and a tofu scramble. I came over early to help her with the waffles, and like a dummy I totally forgot to take pictures. To make up for it, I’m posting the waffle recipe we used, modified from a recipe on the PCRM website. They are unbelievably easy to make and really really good:
Makes 6 waffles
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon date syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
vegetable oil spray (Doug Lisle says canola is the least-worst)
fresh fruit, spreadable fruit, or date syrup for serving
- Preheat waffle iron to medium-high.
- Combine oats, water, banana, salt, date syrup, and vanilla in a blender. Blend on high speed until completely smooth. The batter should be pourable. If it becomes too thick as it stands, add a bit more water to achieve desired consistency.
- Lightly spray waffle iron with vegetable oil. Pour in enough batter to reach edges and cook until golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes without lifting lid.
- Serve with fresh fruit, spreadable fruit, or date syrup.
I found that I actually didn’t really need to spray the waffle iron that much – if you have a non-stick iron, spray it once in the beginning and then put the spray away.
Coby the Amazing Vegan
We also had the opportunity to meet and interview renowned animal activist and life-long vegetarian Coby Siegenthaler. Let me tell you, this woman is incredible – she’s 86 and full of energy and she even wears high heels! Growing up in Holland, she and her family never ate meat – although her mother occasionally made kefir or yogurt – but when she immigrated to America, she went full vegan. I’m going to visit her and do a full interview in the next couple of months, but until then, here are a couple tidbits of information she gave us concerning her diet:
- For breakfast every morning, she has a bowl of oats, nuts, seeds, and fruit that has been soaked in water, almond milk, or juice overnight and left out on the counter (I’m assuming covered). I’ve tried this before and it’s delicious and filling, not to mention really nice to have your breakfast ready to go as soon as you wake up.
- The coolest thing she told us about is how she cooks beans. JP corroborated this story, so she’s not making this up: She soaks the beans overnight (normal), brings the beans to boil in a pot of water, and then once she gets it to a boil, she takes the pot off the flame immediately. Now here’s the awesome part. She takes a paper grocery bag, and puts the pot inside along with a hot pad on the bottom of the pot, and then rolls up the bag. THEN, she runs to her bedroom with the bag and stuffs it under the covers!!! Not only does it heat up her bed, but she claims it cooks the beans perfectly. Who needs a pressure cooker, right? She also said she does this with rice too.
- Someone asked her if she has to go to the doctor often, and she said, “no but I get cards from them telling me they haven’t seen me in a while!”
Definitely an amazing lady, and I’m excited to go over to where she lives and observe her daily routine.