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This week we interviewed Tiffany McCauley of The Gracious Pantry, author of the newly released Clean Eating Freezer Meals.

Happy reading, and be sure to check out McCauley's delicious and healthy recipe for "Orange Spice Waffles" after the interview!
 
When did your passion for food begin?
 
I have always loved to eat. But I didn't find my passion for cooking until much later. About 7 years ago to be exact. It started with my grandmother's old cookie recipes. I sold cookies made from these recipes over the internet and got into both baking and blogging because of this venture. But it didn't take me long to figure out that cookies were not the healthiest business choice for me. I was eating them all the time, and it showed. About that time, I also happened across a clean eating book at the bookstore one night, and something inside me just turned on. I knew I could cook this way, and I felt a whole lot of inspiration to do so. Particularly because I knew I had to be a healthy mama for my little boy. So I started teaching myself to cook with real food and I've never looked back. It's a very creative process for me. Similar to what an artist feels when they are holding paint and standing in front of a canvas. 
What is your favorite dish to cook and/or eat?
 
That's a tough question. I love so many different kinds of foods and it all depends on what I'm in the mood for. On a busy night, nothing beats a pot of Spaghetti. But when I have more time to cook, I really do enjoy the process of taking my time in the kitchen. The 3 layer bar recipe in this new book is my absolute, all-time favorite!
What made you want to write a cookbook?
 
Writing has always been a process I enjoyed. And getting the opportunity to combine that with food as well as being able to get my clean eating message out there, made writing a cookbook the perfect outlet. Plus, I love the process of creating something like a cookbook. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry, but in the end, you get to hold something wonderful in your hands. Something you can be proud of.
 
What is something people might not know about clean eating?
 
I think there is still some stigma involved with clean eating. I think some people think it is difficult, tasteless and time consuming. But that is simply not the case. I think people also view it as a "diet" to some degree, which has actually been the case with many of the books on the shelves. Clean eating has indeed been promoted as a diet. But I view it more as a means of eating much, much healthier. Something I strive for on a daily basis. It's not about perfection, it's about doing the best you can. It's about eating real food the majority of the time. Nothing could be simpler than that!
Your Gracious Pantry blog is very successful.

Is it difficult to maintain? 
 
Thankfully, it has not been a difficult process. I love what I do, which makes it even easier still. My readers are amazing people. Very supportive and very appreciative of the recipes I share. I've built a very loyal community between my blog and my social media accounts. My readers often feel like family simply because I talk to them so much every day!
 
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Where do you draw your daily food inspirations for your blog?
I get my inspiration for food and recipes from just about anywhere. It could be a book or magazine, or even just a new cooking technique I learned. But most often, I find my inspiration in the produce aisle. There is something about all those colors that scream possibility to me. Endless combinations of textures and flavors to play with! It's a really fun process and a creative outlet for me. While I may get "writers block" on a rare occasion, for the most part, my inspiration flows pretty freely, and I'm really grateful for that!

Orange Spice Waffles
Waffles are the perfect freezer breakfast—a quick warm up in the toaster, and breakfast is served! Make a large batch to freeze, and you’ll have a delicious, wholesome breakfast for days. You can get more out of the batter if you have a regular sized (square) waffle maker. But my son and I like the bigger, Belgian-style waffles because one is just enough to fill you up and keep you going all morning.
2 cups (281 g) whole-wheat pastry flour
11⁄2 cups (355 ml) whole milk
2 large eggs
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp. ground ginger
1⁄4 tsp. ground cloves
11⁄2 tsp. baking soda
Zest and juice of 1 large orange
Olive oil spray
Preheat a waffle iron. Whisk all ingredients together (except for the olive oil spray) in a large mixing bowl, grease waffle iron with oil spray, and cook batter on your waffle maker to manufacturer’s directions. Cool completely, and freeze in a gallon-sized zippered plastic bag or storage container. To avoid them freezing together, place small pieces of parchment paper between each waffle. Freeze for up to 6 months. To serve, place in a toaster and toast lightly until warmed through. Try serving with a pat of organic butter and pure maple syrup. Yield: 5 servings
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