I have started watching what goes into my food, so I've begun making my food from scratch.
Fresh and Delicious!
It is easy to fall into buying 'instant' food nowadays. In 1-2 minutes you can have a dinner or a fancy drink. For sure, you can save a lot of time and energy but you will lose all the nutrition and the taste of fresh homemade food.
Right now, I am trying to amp up the nutrients in my meals. This is why I have shifted to doing homemade meals which does not require much time or effort. I am trying to be smarter in my approach to meal preparation too. My motto is: easy, quick but nutritious!
Smarter Food Preparation
Since I am always in a rush in the mornings, I decided to advance some meal preparation the night before. For these homemade waffles, I prepare the batter the night before and keep it in the refrigerator. So all I have to do in the morning is to start my waffle maker and start making my delicious waffles.
Make Your Own Rice Flour
I was so happy to know that it is so easy to make my own flour! All you need is a grinder or a food processor! Now, I make fresh rice flour for my pancakes. I just grind one (1) cup of raw rice in my food processor--2 tablespoons at a time and there, you have fresh flour for your pancakes.
Adding the SuperFood
Another thing I try to do nowadays is to sneek in some superfood ingredients into my meals to increase their nutrient level. For my waffles, I normally add flaxseed, chia seeds, turmeric, moringa , cacao and cinnamon.
Another way to increase the nutrient level is to use fruits as toppings. Use berries, mangoes and bananas!
Strawberries and blueberries are my staple waffles add ons. They are full of nutrients and anti oxidants and are good for digestion. You may also opt for blackberries, raspberries and cranberries.
Adding Matcha Green Tea to my waffles is another way to add variety to my waffles. I normally add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to a cup of flour.
This is full of antioxidant and is believed to be helpful in preventing cancer.
This recipe requires one egg. I love eggs in my waffles because they help make them fluffy. Who doesn't like fluffy waffles?!
Eggs are rich in quality protein and special antioxidant.
Nuts and Seeds
I love adding nuts and seeds to my waffles. I add the seeds to the batter and the nuts on top. My choices are ground flaxseed, chia and sesame seeds. Recently, I discovered sorghum and have started using it. For the nuts, I normally add walnuts and sliced almonds to my waffles.
Nuts and seeds are rich in fiber and fats that are good for the heart. They promote healthy heart and weight loss.
Whenever a recipe calls for vegetable oil, I normally gravitate to olive oil because of their non-inflammatory qualities.
Olive oil is a major source of the good fat. It is also believed to reduce inflammation, heart disease and diabetes.
This is another favorite of mine. I add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of this and a dash of black pepper and cinnamon in the waffle batter. Black pepper is normally added with turmeric to increase the absorption quality of turmeric.
Turmeric has curcumin believed to be a very good anti-inflammatory substance.
If you do not like your waffles sweet, opt to use savoury add-ons like onions, fried bacon bits or cheese! The sky is the limit to what you can add to your waffles!
1 cup rice flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon of chia seeds (or flaxseed) and turmeric (optional)
1 egg, beaten lightly
1 cup non-fat milk
2 teaspoons olive oil
1. Mix the rice flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
2. In a separate container, beat an egg lightly.
3. Mix the egg, milk and oil together,
4. Pour the milk mixture into the rice mixture. Mix together until you have a smooth batter.
5. Keep the batter in the refrigerator overnight.
6. The next day: Mix the batter lightly (do not overmix).
7. Heat up your waffle maker.
8. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into your griddle (or follow the instructions of your waffle maker)
9. When your waffle is firm enough, take it out.
10. Enjoy it with different toppings and syrup!
You can use this same recipe for pancakes!