What’s your stance on breakfast for lunch or dinner? Yay or Nay? I’m definitely pro breakfast food for any meal. In fact, very rarely (aside from oatmeal, maybe) do I ever make breakfast for my blog and actually eat it at breakfast. So needless to say, these Lemon Blueberry Belgian Waffles were no exception.
I love both pancakes and waffles, so I asked for a Belgian waffle maker for Christmas this year. I have this weird affection for Belgian waffles, because eating them transports me to another time. So I studied and got my Masters degree in London, which sounds so fancy, right? Well the least fancy part of the experience was that I lived in the dorms. But there were perks to that, including the cafeteria just being across the way from my wing. And they had this Belgian waffle maker that I definitely got good at using.
Usually I tried to eat pretty healthy back then (and now), but whenever I wanted to treat myself, I’d make a Belgian waffle using the super hot waffle iron they had. You know the kind where you flip it halfway and kinda guess at when it’s done, and if you’re wrong you gotta start over. So Belgian waffles are kinda my favorite. I love that they hold more fruit and maple syrup and they totally make me nostalgic.
This week was my first time at trying out my new waffle iron, and I was scouring Pinterest for a yummy recipe to try. So many sounded amazing but I got inspired by one on the blog, Something Swanky. Ashton, on the blog, was making Blueberry Vanilla waffles, and her original plan had to been to add lemon to the waffle batter. So I decided to take that idea and put my own spin on these Lemon Blueberry Belgian Waffles.
What’s funny is that the Lemon Blueberry Belgian Waffles started reminding me of how I eat breakfast most days as I kept tweaking ingredients. I start off my day with lemon ginger water, so naturally I added ground ginger to the waffles as a good balance for the lemon. To make the lemon flavor come through, I added both lemon juice and lemon zest to the waffle batter.
Ashton and I have something in common, and that is our love for vanilla bean paste. A girl after my own heart, so I absolutely had to add vanilla bean paste to my batter. When making anything sweet, adding vanilla bean paste is usually always a good idea. And I kept this recipe dairy free by using almond milk and coconut oil, which I use every breakfast as well. There’s not much sugar in this recipe (only 2 tablespoons), so that’s great!
How many waffles you’ll get out of this recipe will absolutely depend on your Belgian waffle maker. My waffle maker makes 2 small square waffles, so I could get 11 waffles out of it quite easily. Although some people were getting 5-8 out of the same recipe. Now 11 waffles is way more than I need hanging around, so I froze half of my waffles.
Here’s how to freeze homemade waffles like these Lemon Blueberry Belgian Waffles:
- Set the waffles you want to freeze in a single layer on a wire cooling rack to completely cool.
- While the waffles sit, place a baking sheet in the freezer with a layer of parchment paper on it.
- Once the waffles are cool, place them on the parchment paper leaving space between them and let them stay in the freezer for about 6 hours or until they’re totally frozen.
- Quickly place the waffles in freezer bags and seal making sure to remove as much air as possible. If you have a fresh sealer, definitely use that, and if not you can use a straw to suck out some of the air before sealing your freezer bag. I just got this handheld Foodsaver fresh sealer for Christmas and am loving it!
- The waffles should store in the freezer just fine for up to 3 months, and pack them in individual servings for easy eating.
- To reheat, bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. OR use your NuWave oven and heat for about 3 minutes or until warm and crispy on the outside.
Not surprisingly, these Lemon Blueberry Belgian Waffles were completely delicious! The lemon flavors helped keep the waffles from feeling too heavy, and the fresh blueberries added a little sweet and tart hint with each bite. I topped mine with some pure maple syrup, more fresh blueberries, and some lemon zest. My stomach was pretty damn happy after this meal, and I have a feeling this recipe is going to become a standard in my kitchen.
So if you love waffles, then you will adore these Lemon Blueberry Belgian Waffles! And if you’re in need of a Belgian Waffle maker, I’m pretty happy with my Hamilton Beach waffle iron after whipping up this batch of waffles. Happy Belgian waffle making!
A look back:
One year ago: Grapefruit Rosemary Moscow Mule – Yep, That Happened!
Two years ago: Get Your Soup On with Stuffed Pepper Soup
Three years ago: Spicy Stir-Fry Baby Bok Choy Couldn’t Be Easier
Four years ago: 3 Kinds of Goodness in 1 Dish – Gnocchi with Squash and Kale
Five years ago: Oooh, Smoky Corn Chowder!
Six years ago: Chicken and Dumplings … or Along Those Lines
Can I tell you a secret? I’ve been reading a lot of awesome personal development books in the past 2 years. I don’t know why I feel like I ought to say this with a whisper, but I do. I think our society has a stigma with self-help books because if you read them it means that you need help. Um, news flash – we ALL need help in some ways, because not a single one of us is perfect. However the world is finally starting to warm up to the idea of personal development. And so I’m proud to say that I feed my mind, body, and soul each day which inspired this edition of Favorite Finds.
I started listing out some of my favorite things I’ve discovered lately, and they all had a common theme. They all were things to better myself and open my mind a bit or allow myself to find joy and comfort.
So in today’s post, I’m talking about 3 different types of things I’ve found that I’m really enjoying. We’re going to start off with some really amazing (and short) talks and interviews I’ve watched in the past couple of weeks. Then I’m moving onto some great finds on Netflix if you want a bit of stimulation and. And finally 2 apps that I use on the regular!
So let’s dive into my latest Favorite Finds!
If you’re on Facebook much, you see videos filling up your newsfeed. While some feature people falling (why is that so funny?) or cooking videos, some are videos that everyone needs to see. Lately I’ve been trying to limit my Facebook time, but I do appreciate bits of inspiration in my newsfeed.
The first is Brené Brown’s TED talk on vulnerability. TED talks are so great, cover a range of topics, and my sister likes to say she’ll find herself in a TED talk spiral. But it’s easy to understand why, because they make you think, are uplifting, and help make sense of the crazy world we’re living in. Now most of us are resistant to being vulnerable, including Brené. But this 20 minute talk is so worth the watch to understand why we need to embrace it a bit more to live a fuller life.
Now I have a feeling you’ve seen this Simon Sinek interview on the millennial generation floating about. If you’ve watched it, then you know exactly why I’m sharing it. If you haven’t, then take 18 minutes over your lunch break, after dinner, first thing in the morning (whatever works for you), and watch. But don’t just have it on in the background . . . LISTEN to it. Whether you’re a millennial or you’re dealing with the millennial generation, it’s pretty eye opening and makes a lot of sense.
I’m a huge fan of Marie Forleo and all the work she puts out there. I love her Marie TV videos she makes where she interviews some incredible people. I just watched her interview Dr. Mark Hyman on health and happiness, and it was so good that I immediately sent this link to a group of my friends/family to watch. It’s 30 minutes long, but will fly by as you hear his story and how we can immediately start living healthier lives.
If you’re anything like I am when it comes to Netflix, your options are a bit overwhelming. While I love having tons of options, I’ve been guilty of scrolling through my queue of films and TV shows for 30 minutes without making a selection. So allow me to help you find some really great viewing options in the form of documentaries.
Documentaries are easy to add to my Favorite Finds list, because they’re usually about 90 minutes or less (so they’re efficient!). And once you’ve finished watching Marie’s interview with Mark Hyman, the first documentary on your list ought to be Fed Up. Dr. Hyman is in the film, and it’s a must-watch for anyone. You’ll learn how the food industry and government are making decisions based on money and not on our health and the health of America’s children. It’s eye opening and frankly kind of pisses you off.
Obviously I’m a bit of a foodie, and when I discovered the Netflix series of mini documentaries called Chef’s Table, I was hooked! Just like with cookbooks, I’m always intrigued by how chefs and cooks discover their love of cooking and how they choose to share that passion. All of their stories are unique, and you suddenly start looking at food in a whole new way thanks to each chef.
Now not all documentaries are meant to be heavy topics. There is one that I have watched many times, because it is so damn infectious. It’s called The Short Game and follows a handful of child golfing prodigies as they compete in the top golf tournament in the world. And it’s so wild and impressive to see the amount of work these kids put into the sport! Plus they’re hilarious and so cute. If you like kids or golf, this is a film that you will love!
Currently Launching On My Phone:
Many people in our lives have a pretty unhealthy relationship with technology and more specifically their smart phones. Sadly we constantly check our social media apps and define our worth by our number of likes and followers. However I’m happy to report there are some apps that are actually useful and easily made my Favorite Finds cut.
One app that I love is the #Truthbomb app by Danielle LaPorte. Each week day I get a notification for a new “Truthbomb”, which is just like it sounds. I like to look at it as my virtual Magic 8 Ball. Danielle gives us some great words to inspire you or remind you of how amazing you are. I think we all need that!
The Stand Up app is one that I heard about from my sister, I think. We both work from home and stare at computer screens for a living. So it’s hard to avoid living a sedentary lifestyle most days. This app is awesome! It’ll ding every 45 minutes to remind you to get up. When this app dings I’ll try to squeeze in some stretches, sit-ups and pushups to keep myself active. I’ll even use it as a reminder to start a load of laundry or clean for 5 minutes. It’s easy to lose track of time, and Stand Up simply won’t let you ignore moving.
Wow, I covered a lot in this Favorite Finds post, so thanks for hanging in there. I hope you watch those videos and find a new documentary or two that you love. And I had to feature some phone apps that are super useful and productive to download straight away!
I’d love to know what your favorite documentary, useful app or great talk you’ve heard recently. Share below and let’s continue the conversation and tell me about your Favorite Finds!
Stay inspired & always strive to be better!