Good Morning everyone! I hope you are having a leisurely breakfast and snuggling with someone you love!!! Recently my youngest daughter and I traveled to Kansas City to see Panic at the Disco in concert at the Uptown Theater. Since I am from Overland Park, Kansas, I wanted to spend a few days just hanging out. Call it a mini vacation. Last year while my daughter was interning at The Art Institute of Kansas City, I found a hotel that had a full kitchen! Being somewhat thrifty I thought that I would save a lot of money if I made our food instead of trying to hunt down vegan/ vegetarian restaurants.
I don't think I saved any money, but we did eat really well, especially with the Whole Foods that is located a little too conveniently to our hotel.
Before we headed to OP, I threw together a simple granola. It is just a basic recipe that allows you to play with it. You can add anything you want to the original recipe. The original recipe calls for honey, but I use agave.
8 cups organic oatmeal
1 cup agave
1 tsp. salt
2 cups sliced almonds
1 Tbls. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup flax seed, ground.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix everything together in a large bowl and spread over 2 baking sheets. Bake for 25 minutes, remove from oven and mix around a little, then spread it back out over the baking sheets again. Bake for another 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool until it is cold. Place in a glass container and enjoy! This will keep for weeks if kept in a cool dry place....if it lasts that long!
I love this recipe, it doesn't call of any oil. It is a low fat granola with a ton of flavor! Top it with some french vanilla soy yogurt and the fruit of your choice, strawberries are especially tasty!
The Nelson Atkins Art Museum, went to the Oak Park Mall, and cruised The Plaza!
We ate some amazing food from Whole foods. For lunch one day we had buffalo chicken wraps that were made with beyond chicken (which I highly recommend), spinach, tomato, and a vegan ranch sauce, a spinach almond salad with raspberry dressing that I made to go with the wrap. We also had some cinnamon crunch bagels with almond, agave cream cheese, granola parfait and fresh coffee and orange juice for brunch.
We made the mistake of trying to eat out at a Panda Express, because we heard they had vegan options...it was horrible and expensive. I will not do that again...lol
I love to go visit the place I grew up, I love everything about it. But, in all honesty....I was so glad to come home to my little house and see my family and cuddle my cat, Hatsumomo!
Have you gone on an adventure lately?