TECHmunch, Wedded Bliss, and an Easy Frittata Recipe

There’s a nasty rumor that weekends are for resting.

Rest… such a mysterious word…

My version of resting is seeing how many non-work activities I can cram into a couple of days.  It turns out that number is pretty high!

The weekend started out strong with the Atlanta TECHmunch Conference.  These are held across the US, but this was the first one in ATL.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I heard it was to be held at one of my favorite local breweries I had no choice but to sign up!

Monday Night Brewing hosted ~100 bloggers, and was to kind as to get us tipsy after the day’s learning ended.  Before the boozing, we had pumpkin donut holes, snacks from Beyond Meat, and lunch catered by my favorite MetroFresh.

The holes were ok… I’m more of a Krispy Kreme gal.  The Beyond Meat was really impressive – those beef crumbles are scarily similar to the real deal.  And MetroFresh was amazing as always.  Somehow I still managed that red velvet Sprinkles cupcake.

Atlanta TechMunch… 

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Spicy Apple & Chickpea Salad

There is a distinct crispness in the air.

Before the sun comes up… after that… hey, we are in the South.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons.   The colors, the refreshing coolness… and the food!  Everyone goes pumpkin crazy, but one of the best things out of Georgia in the fall is apples.

We make the requisite pies, doughnuts, compotes, cider, and various other treats, but I like to use them in savory dishes.  They add a great texture and a strange (but good) shot of sweetness to dinner salads.  I’ve been known to make them just for snacks.

Spicy Apple & Chickpea Salad 2… 

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A Must Have Box and Garnish & Gather Dinner (WIAW)

Mail days are the best.

Thanks to e-bills, actual mail is a treat 80% of the time!

The awesome people at PopSugar sent me a Must Have Box to try this month.  I was really impressed!  The Tilo scarf alone was worth it (retails at $125!).  It’s high-quality and incredibly soft.  Soft kitty, warm kitty…

Those Ghirardelli sea salt chocolates do not suck either.  I love that they are bite-sized… it (moderately) slowed me down as I worked my way through the bag.  I’ve already replenished with the dark chocolate variety. #sorryimnotsorry

PopSugar Must Have Box

Working out in the morning was a little more fun with my fancy blue Nicole Miller ear buds.  They matched my shoes today. #winning

The fuel made the workout more fun too.  A raw Almond Brownie bar from Urban Remedy.  It wasn’t too sweet and had a hint of salt to it.  Someone at PopSugar knows I love a sweet & salty combo!

Must Have goodies

They hooked me up with a discount code to share with you guys if you’d like to check it outSEPT14SELECT will get you $10 off a 3 month subscription (offer expires 9/30/14).

*Disclaimer: POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.*

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Recovery, Workouts, and Sweet Potato Pie Waffles

Sometimes there’s no shame in staying in bed half the day.

Especially when the last couple of weeks have been chaos!

Last Monday I depicted pre-conference life.  This Monday is recovery life.  Marvelous recovery.  Recovery life started with sleep.  Since I couldn’t take pictures of that, we’ll pick up with the wakeful part of the weekend.

You are making too many sober decisions

Agreed.

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Cauliflower Fiesta Waffles

I’ve had lots of bad ideas.

I’m talking about recipes here… ;)

As I was mixing these up I thought “this is either my best or worst [waffle] idea ever.”  Turns out, it was the best… in a strange way, of course. ;)

I’ve made a lot of unusual stuff with cauliflower.  One of my go-to is this pizza crust.  I also rocked some pancakes with this versatile vegetable.  So why not a waffle?

Savory Cauliflower Waffle

I decided on a savory waffle, but you can easily change up the spices to make it sweet.  For “brinner,” savory seemed the way to go.  It’s a thinner batter, but if you grease the waffle iron liberally it wont stick.  I used coconut oil cooking spray.

My veggie toppings were easily prepped while I was making the waffle.  I sautéed bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms.  It looked like a fiesta!

Veggie Cauliflower Waffle

You could stop with the veggies to keep it vegetarian.  I used a little turkey to get more protein, and added a quick sauce made from hummus mixed with hot sauce and a little ACV.

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Cauliflower Fiesta Waffle

Cauliflower Fiesta Waffles

  • 100g cauliflower
  • 1 T nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 6T egg whites

Preheat waffle iron.  Place ingredients in a blend or food processor and mix until batter is (mostly) smooth.

Grease iron very well (I used coconut oil).  Cook according to your waffle iron’s instructions.

Plate and top as desired.  While my waffle cooked, I sautéed bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and turkey to use on top.  I also sauced my waffle with a mixture of hummus, hot sauce, and a little apple cider vinegar.

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 
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I just realized… this is my 1,000th post! Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to read over the past (almost) 4 years!

What would you top a savory waffle with?

Did anyone try the sweet eggplant french toast (waffle)?

Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast (Waffles)

It wasn’t me, I swear.

This is weird even for me.

Even I couldn’t have some up with something as strange as eggplant french toast.  No, this fabulousness was linked up to an August #strangebutgood by Debbie @ Accidentally Delish.  It was shockingly good.

Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast

I did make it a little more odd by spicing it pie-style and cooking it in the wafflemaker.*  You can also cook it in a skillet like “normal” french toast.

*Note: All things in my house are now cooked in the wafflemaker.  

Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast

After a good waffling, I topped with with protein syrup and a little cereal for the added crunch.  It made for strange (but good) brinner!

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Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast

Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast

  • 1 small eggplant, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 C egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3-4 drops liquid vanilla Stevia

In a shallow bowl, beat together egg whites, spices, and stevia. Mix together.  Place eggplant slices in mixture and soak.

Meanwhile, preheat wafflemaker or pan.  Make sure you grease it well!

Place eggplant slices in your cooking vehicle or choice and cook until softened and golden brown.  If you’re using a wafflemaker, push down on the lid to help flatten and cook the eggplant.

Plate and top with protein syrup (recipe below).

Protein Syrup

  • 1/4 scoop (~8g) vanilla protein powder (I use Growing Naturals)
  • 1 T syrup (I use a Stevia-sweetened one)
  • 1/8 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk

In a small bowl, mix ingredients together.  Pour over waffle.  Eat.

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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I am floored that I couldn’t taste any eggplant “funk.”

What do you like best: waffles, french toast, or pancakes?

Have you ever made a recipe from the #strangebutgood link up?

A Healthier Chocolate Chip Waffle

Walking makes me happy.

Having a sprained ankle does not.

When I hurt my ankle, I was shocked when people told me it would have been better to break it.  Apparently sprains take forever to heal.  This is perfect, since I’m so extremely patient. *dripping sarcasm*

This weekend I was back at it with walking though!  I didn’t push it too much, must it was really nice to be able to walk my errands again!  You see so many fun things on foot…

Like giant knit pinwheels along Atlanta’s Beltline!

Beltline pinwheels

Or a random vegetable along a trail.  Most cities have old beer cans littering paths.  We have broccoli.  Atlanta is a healthy city.  I could have used it for a Veggie Trail Mix!… 

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Falafel Waffle

Falafel Waffle Falafel Waffle

You know you want to say it again.

It may seem strange to make a savory waffle, but I assure you that this Falafel Waffle is not awful.  To make this falafel-like waffle, I used chickpea flour  (aka garbanzo bean flour).  You can find it at most grocery stores – I know Bob’s Red Mill makes a version.

I’m still new to waffle-making, but this one came out perfectly fluffy.  I was amazed since I straight up forgot that I wanted to use baking powder!

Falafel Waffle… 

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Flavor Overload + WIAW

Flavor overload.

A line needs to be drawn.

Lays flavors have gotten out of control.  I mean… I can see a Wasabi Ginger chip.  I can even stretch it to Mango Salsa.  But Cappuccino?!  No.  One review I read described them this way: “They smell like a tomb, and taste like stale crackers dusted with International Delight-brand instant coffee.”

I’m all for #strangebutgood… but really?!

Funky Lays

BUT… this is even worse than anything Lays could ever come up with.

Chicken Wing ICE CREAM?!

Chicken Wing Ice Cream… 

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S’More Poutine

This really needs no intro.

Who needs to explain dessert porn?

Many of you have heard of poutine.  It basically french fries with gravy.  Well… I’ve always found it to be a bit overwhelming.  I don’t love white potatoes or gravy.  I do love sweet potatoes and almost anything sweet.

This is going to sound really strange… but I hand-on-the-Bible swear it’s good.

S'more Poutine

I kept it simple by using sweet potato crinkle fries from the frozen section at Fresh Market.

While they baked, I whipped up a quick peanut butter sauce.  If you haven’t had sweet potatoes with nut butter… well, you’re missing out on a truly amazing #strangebutgood combo.  Top all that with marshmallows and pop in under the broiler to achieve that crunchy s’more char.

S'More Poutine

Make this.  You’ll be left licking the plate and moaning “I need ‘smore poutine!” ;)

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S'More Poutine

S’More Poutine

  • 1 serving sweet potato fries (I used the frozen variety)
  • Peanut butter gravy (see below)
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Gravy

  • 2 T peanut flour (or nut buter)*
  • 2 T unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 T pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4-5 drops vanilla liquid stevia

Bake the sweet potato fries according to package instructions on a piece of foil or parchment.  Meanwhile, mix together Gravy ingredients in a small bowl.

Remove from oven and top with gravy, marshmallows, and chocolate chips.

Return to oven under broil for 1-2 mins.  Watch it closely – it will burn!  Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a plate.

*Note: I buy my peanut flour on iHerb.  You can use discount code USO924 for $5019 off your order.  You could also use protein powder or nut butter here.  If you use regular nut butter you may want to reduce the amount of milk.

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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This is going to make for the perfect Labor Day weekend treat.  Bonus points if you have a campfire to toast your ‘mallos over.

Have you ever had poutine?

What’s your favorite sweet potato topping?