A Valentine’s poem to set the tone for the day
Whether you’re single or married or any which way.
A feast for the eyes and not bad on the heart
The true indulgence is how you start.
With vegan and gluten free pancakes and a pink mimosa or two
These recipes are sure to delight all and you.
Mix your gluten free flour, bananas, apple, and flax
Then cook on your skillet and just relax
These pancakes will cook quick
And don’t expect them to be fluffy
They’ll be quite thick.
Then juice up your blood oranges, ruby grapefruit, and lemons
Add equal parts champagne
It will taste like the heavens!
Now make a nice place setting for one or two
It doesn’t much matter
This dish is for you!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Whether you like Valentine’s Day or not- most people cannot pass up a good mimosa/pancake combo. I came up with this concoction from my recent juicing and vegan dabblings.
Pink Mimosas with Blood Orange
4 blood oranges
2 ruby red grapefruits
1 bottle of your favorite champagne
1. Juice fruits in a juicer and add to glasses with equal part juice mixture and champagne.
The color is amazing and the taste is a great blend of tart and sweet.
The first time I had a blood orange I was sitting down to breakfast my first morning in Italy. I sliced into this unassuming orange only to find this deep dark blood red color inside. I did not know what to do with this thing- the waiter informed me that these blood oranges are very common in the area. From the first taste, I was in love. They have a much deeper sweetness that normal oranges and I’ve lusted after them ever since. I just happened to find them at Hannaford during my juice fast so I had to make something special for the occasion.
And now for the pancakes… These may not be for everyone, but I sure was pleased.
Vegan and Gluten Free Pancakes (makes 5 pancakes)
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill all purpose gluten free flour
1 apple or 1/4 cup applesauce
1/2-1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup ground flax seed
real maple syrup
1. Blend banana and apple or applesauce in high speed blender.
2. Mix mixture with flour, flax, and milk.
3. Heat skillet to medium-high and spray with cooking oil. Measure about a cup each for the pancakes.
4. Enjoy with real maple syrup.
These will be a little more dense than traditional pancakes, but well worth it if you have the dietary restrictions.
Hope you have a great day no matter what you do! A little self care note to share: my amazing business leadership coach, Britt Bolnick of In Arms Coaching, is doing a self care workshop on February 9th from 3-6pm. Learn more here.
Props: from etsy
Paper orchid from Flower Bazaar
Japanese silk from Inji