Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Meatless Monday on a Tuesday and Let's Talk Hair Donation!
A few weeks ago, these were featured on Bob's Red Mill Blog for Meatless Monday. Their site was showing a warning, so I didn't feel good about sharing the link until all was safe. Well, it's back up and running! This recipe was so much fun to create! I LOVE chia seeds and they definitely shine in this recipe. Most people think my kids just eat great all the time and that they never give me grief when I serve up exciting foods like cauliflower. While they are getting better, I still have to be creative to get some of the less loved vegetables and nutrients in them.

These were a winner with the boys! These are loaded with high fiber chickpeas, cauliflower and chia seeds, as well as filled with protein!

You know lettuce wraps are just fun too! Tony was bummed they weren't gluten free (Bob's chia are not certified), since they made the house smell so good! If you're looking for a great way to get in some omega 3's definitely get your hands on some chia seeds and start throwing them in your burgers!

These cauliflower baked falafel were super crispy on the outside while being firm and moist (sorry to the moist haters) on the inside. Click here for the recipe! I'm also sharing these on Simply Sugar and Gluten Frees Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

I know I'm all over the place here lately, but I just realized the other day (when someone asked me in the comments and on FB if I had donated my hair yet) that I never posted a picture of my haircut! I think I'm one of the few bloggers that really hates posting pictures of myself...

This was actually taken the day I got it cut about 2 1/2 weeks ago! I can't believe it's gone by that fast. I sent 19 inches to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths. I chose them because they donate the wigs to women living with cancer through the American Cancer Society. I highly recommend them to you if you are considering doing the same. I mailed the hair in myself since my hair salon only sends to Locks of Love and I did not want them to sell my hair.

Anyway, the first week was hard to get past the phantom hair that isn't there anymore. I still "lift" it in the shower when I'm washing my back. It feels strange, but definitely freeing. Now I'm finally starting to have fun with it. My hair is soooo wavy too! I let it curl the other day and I really liked it. I'm not sure if I want to keep it this short, go shorter or let it grow out to chin length (tapered bob style)? I know, major decisions these days in the hair department. I just feel lucky enough to be able to grow my hair the way I want to. It feels good to know that someone in need will get to have a wig from my hair and that will make their suffering a little less painful and hopefully make them feel beautiful!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 6:30 AM  
  • At February 28, 2012 at 7:19 AM, Anonymous Vicki said…

    This recipe looks awesome. One question though -do I need to add any liquid to the mixture? First time I've seen a chia seed recipe that doesn't require any liquid to make the chia seeds work the magic.

  • At February 28, 2012 at 7:19 AM, Anonymous Heather said…

    Your hair looks so cute!! You'll get used to it soon enough. :)

  • At February 28, 2012 at 7:38 AM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Vicki - no, I didn't add liquid to this. The steamed cauliflower is pretty runny, so the chia works to bind the mixture together.

    Heather - Thanks! I'm getting there.

  • At February 28, 2012 at 7:40 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    YUM - those look great. I found that I prefer using chia vs flax in my veggie patties. And I love your hair. I knew it'd look so good on you!

  • At February 28, 2012 at 9:23 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    Won't lie- if you really wanted, you've got the face that could totally pull off the pixie cut. Gorgeous! :)

    If I ever decide to do something drastic, I'd also let it grow another inch or two for a cause. I think it's such a great thing to do!

  • At February 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    I said this on FB already, but I'll say it again-- I LOVE your hair. I wish I could rock a short cut like that! You have the perfect features for it!

  • At February 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    I LOVE your haircut, Sarena! Looks awesome. :) And for a great cause, too.

    Hope that you're having a great week!

  • At February 28, 2012 at 2:49 PM, Blogger HEAB said…

    I think the entire HEAB household would love your cauliflower burgers Sarena. Just checked out the recipe and about to go back and pin it. Yum - thanks for sharing, and I love that you donated your hair. One of my good friend's mom just got a wig from ACS as she started chemo last week, and she was so grateful. Wigs made from real hair are so pricey!

  • At February 28, 2012 at 5:59 PM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    I love your hair. It suits your face. So adorable!

  • At February 28, 2012 at 8:08 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    Your hair is SO cute!

  • At February 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    love the hair cute! you are so beautiful!!!
    and love those cauliflower baked falafel YUM

  • At February 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    you are so beautiful sarena, inside and out. What a cool donation. Your hair looks great long and short so enjoy that!

  • At February 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    whoops that last comment was from me not James. we share a google account. haha.

  • At February 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM, Anonymous Paige said…

    I love love love it Sarena! You are so gorgeous. And I think it's great what you did with the chopped off hair too :)

  • At February 29, 2012 at 7:15 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    I'm with you on not having lotsa pics...but I'm glad you posted one on fb the day you got your hair cut because I was wondering! It looks great! I am so tempted to chop mine....I recently cut 6 inches off, but I wanna go at least above the shoulders.There's also something tempting about shopping it boy-short....I have visions of just washing-and-going without blow drying or anything!

  • At February 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    Oh, also, I was gonna say, I think I read your blog for a whole year (maybe I'm exaggerating) before I had a clue what you looked like!

  • At February 29, 2012 at 7:35 PM, Blogger STUFT mama said…

    I love that picture of you. Your hair cut is beautiful. I bet it's so weird to not feel all that hair in the shower. And was it really 2 1/2 weeks ago? What happened to the time? Oh and those burgers..... clicking on the recipe now. :)

  • At March 1, 2012 at 1:16 PM, Anonymous Kris said…

    great recipe - I will be making this one!

    you look great with your new hair - and I totally know that feeling of going from very long to short - it's so light, and it takes a while to get used to it not being there! way less shampoo too!

  • At March 2, 2012 at 12:13 AM, Blogger livehealthysimply.com said…

    Yum your falafel patties look delicious! My favourite veggie patties use alot of pumpkin! Pumpkin seeds, cooked pumpkin, shallots and spices! For the full recipe go to ttp://livehealthysimply.com/2012/01/pumpkin-veggie-pattie/

  • At March 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM, Anonymous Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said…

    Okay, two things:
    1. Your hair cut is absolutely darling; and, 2. I am another blogger who does NOT like to post pics of myself.
    Oh, well, three things. I lied. LOL 3. Those falafel patties look amazing!! I am a big falafel fan!

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