You see, Meghan was sweet enough to gift me with a fancy little waffle maker for my birthday a few weeks back. Gifts like this are awesome because, while I've always wanted a waffle maker, I'd never buy one for myself (also see: George Foreman Grill (thanks Dan!) and hand-held mixer (thanks Mom!). I also recently learned that waffles can be made fresh, and then frozen to be reheated in the toaster oven one morning when you're not in the mood to mess with batter and dirty dishes.
So I rushed home yesterday after work to throw together the waffles for her, using the yummy Trader Joe's Multigrain Baking & Pancake Mix Meg and I had tried a couple weekends back. It's such an easy thing to throw together, that I wouldn't bother making them from scratch if I wasn't planning something special (see: pumpkin pancakes that I plan on making someday soon).
Lets start with the pancakes.
Mix it (but not too much or the waffles will end up tough).
Rinse the blueberries in the cute little strainer you got for a buck and gently fold them in.
Maaaybe I bit the side off one...I'll never tell.
Oh hell yes.
Onto the salad!
Meghan basically made a BLAT salad with some things added for good measure. The "bacon" she used was that of the tempeh variety, which even this carnivore is a fan of.
Slicing the avocado.
Meghan makes the dressing with equal parts vegan mayonnaise and soy milk, which sounds kinda gross, right? But it's actually very good when mixed with a handful of fresh dill and some dried dill for good measure. I'll probably end up making it with both regular mayo and plain old milk.
So basically you just saute bacon, be it regular or faux, along with a can of drained chickpeas. Add to that tomatoes, greens, avocado, bacon bits, and a quick homemade buttermilk-type dressing, and you've got a really yummy, filling salad. I'll be eating it for lunch all week!
What's your favorite thing to bring to a pot luck? Mine is deviled eggs and/or cupcakes.