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Quick and Easy Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Coffee and whole wheat toast are one of my breakfast mainstays. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up so why not whip up a loaf of Irish Soda Bread one of the greatest gifts this Lazy Budget Chef (who can’t proof bread to save her life) has ever known – the bread machine. As luck would have it I have more whole wheat flour than white and more raisins than normal because I went to a bulk bin without a container and bought more raisin than I thought. No problem. I’ll make a Irish style whole wheat bread featuring those those happy raisins sitting in my kitchen. I am using the bread machine to make and proof the dough for this recipe and baking the bread in the oven because I want the round shape of a traditional Irish style bread. You can bake it that way or you can bake the whole wheat Irish bread from start to finish in a bread machine. It will taste just the same although I personally think baking bread in the bread maker makes it a little more dense than when I bake bread machine do

I Ate a Waffle Taco and Lived!

Husband and I have a food game we like to play. We call it I Dare You To Eat That.

We are adventurous eaters. That's how we became accidental foodies. As newlyweds Husband and I explored our little out of the way international grocery stores hoping to save money on our food bills. While we were doing that, we branched out from the simple meat and potatoes type food we both grew up with and purchased a few interesting and new to us ingredients that are now staples.

Miss 9 of 10 once asked me in all of her little girl childlike innocence, "You and Uncle eat weird food, don't you?"

While her mother was horrified at the question. I laughed because it is true.

Most of the time, our "weird food" is some sort of often homemade trans fat, hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup free ethnic inspired food.

Seaweed? Check.

Chia seeds? Check. I don't quite understand the deal about them because I can't taste them in my food. Maybe I'm not using them correctly in recipes?

Haggis? Check. Although our Scottish roots and USDA laws about what you can put in an American haggis make us yearn for UK haggis. The authentic ingredients are "weirder" but taste much, much better - really.

We have a personal 80/20 Rule of Healthy Eating. If we eat healthy 80% of the time and  avoid food with trans fats, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, and bucket loads of sugar, we don't sweat the 20% of the time we can't or are presented with something so crazy we just have to try it.

And that's how the  I Dare You To Eat That game was born. Most of the time we laugh to ourselves when we see something like Deep Fried Captain Crunch at the State Fair. We dare other to try it while walking past the booth and searching for something else to eat.

(We don't laugh to the vendors or try to school them on what we think healthy eating should be. First off, it is incredibly rude. Secondly, it is none of our business what other people do and do not eat. Thirdly, how do we know if those people in line are having a little healthy food holiday by eating food that was created on a dare?)

But sometimes, there is a new food that seems so insone, so how did they think of THAT?! we  have to try it.

I give you the latest round of I Dare You to Eat That: the Taco Bell Waffle Taco.


Because it is a TACO made out of WAFFLES.

If you follow me @condoblues on Instagram, you can see my craziness (and cute Lacey photos) in real time.

And probably as healthy as a hand grenade.

I swung by Taco Bell on my home from a physical therapy appointment for my injured leg. I rewarded myself for working out and bettering myself by clogging my arteries. Go me.

The pentagon thing next to the Waffle Taco is a Bacon Crunchwrap Slider. I went without cheese on mine although in hindsight the waffle, like almost every waffle in the world,  most likely has milk in it and I could have gone with the cheese.  Husband had the full on cheesy experience in both dares.

Our conclusion? They taste good. I like the waffle taco better than the slider.

Now that we satisfied our waffle taco curiosity and cheated death doing it, we shall go back to homemade oatmeal for breakfast.

Would you try them?

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Disclosure: Taco Bell doesn't know I exist. They probably don't  like my own opinion about their food I bought with my own money either.