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Blender Pancakes

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Since some mornings can be more hectic than others, who is a fan of anything quick to make and easy to clean up?

ME! ME! ME!…

With most meals, I am always looking to change things up. Breakfast is one of those meals that tends to get stagnant because the kids are responsible for getting themselves fed in the mornings.

However, if I am ready and make time to prepare something for everyone, then they eat that.  But that doesn’t happen too regularly.  Both girls have a sport activity 4 out of the 5 days each week, so it is imperative they have a nutritious breakfast to get through the start of their school day. Their minds and bodies are still growing.

Breakfast for the kids usually consists of a smoothie and something else like oatmeal, toast (with nut butter and fruit) or quinoa bowl with fruit. If I make it for everyone then it is usually breakfast potato/veggie burritos, chickpea scramble or pancakes.  We get creative sometimes, but some days its basic breakfast.

The kids always ask for pancakes, and on a very very rare occasion I will get a premix pancake mix and adjust the additions to make them. However, I am eliminating as much packaged pre-made food from our home so finding ways to make pancakes has been quite the priority lately (and I have another one to share soon).

These rounds of goodness are a favorite to eat and to make.  Everything goes into a blender.. SCORE!!  If we have leftovers made, I wrap them up and the kids either take them to school for a snack, to sports or heat them in the toaster oven for a snack when they get home from school.

ready to blend

Ingredients:

1 flax egg (place 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed into blender and add 3 tablespoons of water) and let sit for a few minutes before adding the remaining ingredients.
2 average sized bananas (not very large) and put it in the blender
1 cup almond milk
1 generous tablespoon of pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 generous teaspoon of cinnamon
little shake of turmeric
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups of rolled oats (you can use gluten free option)
1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips OR blueberries

pouring pancakes

Directions:

Get the flax egg started if you haven’t already and while you’re gathering your other ingredients, it will form into a egg like texture

Depending on what you are cooking them on, get the pan heated and ready

Add everything EXCEPT the chocolate chips or blueberries and then blend until smooth, like a pancake batter.  Once blended smooth, add your chocolate chips or blueberries and stir in by hand.

Begin scooping the batter out with a tablespoon, about 2 tablespoons per pancake as it keeps them fluffy and cooking thoroughly.  Flip when bubbling around edges starts to pop, depending on how your pan cooks it may be sooner. A couple minutes on each side.

After done, top with your favorite toppings: ours are usually consumed plain as the kids like them just as they are. Peanut or almond butter with chopped strawberries and bananas and a drizzle of syrup are favorites as well.  Get creative, make them into sandwiches or top with nuts, share your favorites with us.

Tacos with Sweet Potato Wedges

Our family tends to eat our fair share of beans and legumes, rice, millet or quinoa and veggies all mixed together in some form.  I love that they offer versatility, are filling yet satisfying and full of yummy goodness our active bodies thrive on. These ingredients haven’t failed me and adding different mixes of spices to them gives them a variety in taste.  Sometimes potatoes are added as well. Whether we packed them in a tortilla, fill a taco or toss in a bowl, some of our favorite meals are created with these staples.

I took a typical taco dish I make and added sweet potato wedges and different toppings to create a newish dinner for taco Tuesday.  Now, I didn’t want to bake the sweet potatoes in the oven because that would take too long and I didn’t have any prepped to use.  So the quickest way is to steam/pan cook them on the stove.  I tried the microwave first to get them a little cooked, then into the pan on the stove.  They were fine, but you just want to be sure they aren’t over cooked from the microwave.  So the better results were the way I listed in the recipe below.

The results were well received by the family with happy full bellies.  There isn’t much added to this dish, but the flavors balanced well with each other. Besides the chopping, which is usually involved in most meals (must keep on top of prepping ahead more) this meal was easy and fairly quick to make.

 

cooking sweet potato tacos

 

Makes: 8 – 10 tacos

Ingredients:

2 medium size sweet potatoes sliced into wedges, about 1/2 inch thick (I am guessing, I just sliced them to what I felt would be manageable to eat)
1 can of black beans
1 cup of corn, if frozen rinse well
1 small red onion, diced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 – 1 teaspoon chili powder (depending on your preference)
handful cilantro, chopped well
2-3 green onions fully chopped
juice from 1 lime
1 avocado
corn tortilas

 

seet potato taco

 

Directions:

Cut the sweet potatoes into wedges if not done already

Add about 3/4 cup of water to a large saute pan over medium high heat and then add the sweet potatoes.  Cover and simmer for about 8 minutes or until they are cooked through but not too soft they start to fall apart.  Remove from pan and set aside.

I used the same pan, but use separate one if you prefer.  Next you will need to add the onion and garlic with 2 tablespoons of water and cover on low heat for about 10 minutes.

Now add the sweet potato, corn, beans, and spices.  Continue to cook over medium low heat and stir gently until heated through. Add about a table spoon of lime juice and continue to stir.  Cook them for about 5 minutes.

While that is cooking, take the avocado and mash it in a bowl with the remaining lime juice, salt/pepper, splash of franks hot sauce if you’d like.

Mix together the cilantro and green onions in a separate bowl

You can add diced tomatoes as well

Heat your tortillas and fill’er up.  I spread the avocado on the tortilla then added the taco mixture and sprinkled the cilantro/green onion on top.  If you like avocado, top the taco off with more!

Enjoy!

 

Fluffy Mashed Potatoes (from The Vegan8)

Oh MY! These mashers are not just for the Holidays! But the holidays are upon us, so add this to your menu!

There was never much mash potato making in our kitchen, until I tried these. We are not a family who eats a ‘traditional’ Thanksgiving meal but there is a  love for mashed potatoes. Since these were so simple and flavorful, I have decided that this is definitely a recipe to be made whenever mashed potatoes are requested!

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Nut Butter Bombs

Clearly you know by now I like treats.  Dark chocolate and dates go hand in hand. That is why these naughty by nature treats are topping my favorite list!

Sinful, maybe.  Decedent, maybe.  Heavenly, maybe.  Down right freakin amazing, heck YAASS!

Most of all, these nut butter bombs are healthy and nutritious.  They are rich, gooey, sweet and salty (if you use it for a topping) and the ideal treat to keep stocked in your freezer for banishing those sweet tooth cravings. Not to mention, one of the easiest treats to make.

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Nature’s Candy Apples

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Alrighty, by now you have figured out that I like treats and I do my best to avoid using granulated industrial sugars of any kind.  I do use pure maple syrup and honey in some recipes and I am doing my best to reduce and eliminate those ingredients.  It is still sugar no matter how you perceive it, but a better alternative to industrial sugars. Dates are what I focus on using for added sugar.  These bites of heaven do more than satisfy a sweet tooth (and one does the trick!) they are packed with fiber, potassium, carbohydrates and magnesium that the body can digest easily.  They are great for sports, biking or running for a long duration.

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Chickpea Tacos

Chickpeas are so versatile, they are loaded with of fiber, carbs, calcium, iron, protein and vitamin A, so I suggest you use them :)  They can be roasted, cooked on stove top, used in salads, soups and stews, mashed for ‘tuna’ or hummus, baked in treats and many other easy meals.  These tacos are simple and quick. They have more flavor than I expected as I added what I usually add when making a ‘taco’ type dish and with the avocado cream sauce, it just comes together nicely.  I didn’t add extra toppings to these as I didn’t feel the need to, but you add what you like on your taco :) You could add your favorite taco seasoning if you prefer.  Share your chickpea favorites!

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Typical Breakfast

When I worked full time as an apparel buyer I was up at 5 AM to the gym and out the door to work by 7:30. That typically meant I was eating my breakfast at my desk when I arrived at work.

I kept a bag of rolled oats, slivered almonds, dried cranberries, local honey and cinnamon in my desk for most of those mornings that I did not eat before I left the house. Occasionally I would manage to eat toast with almond butter on the way into work, as it was a 35 minute drive.

Those are days of the past, but my mornings are still very similar when it comes to the early rise to the gym, especially during the winter when it is a bit more wet in the mornings. Except now, I usually eat with my kids before they head off to school and I don’t keep food in a desk anymore :) The variations have changed and are not as plain as I used to eat it, but I still enjoy those basic ingredients from time to time.

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Kale Soup

This was a soup that I made during the summertime, which typically do not go hand in hand, but sometimes soup just sounds good.  Now, with these freezing cold nights lately, soup is happening a couple times a week because it is such a comforting meal to settle the evening with.  Also, it always helps when a meal isn’t very time consuming, tastes good and one everyone will eat.  During the week, I am more together with meal plans, but the weekend dinner meals are not always planned out because we could be going here or there and not be home.  The wonderful thing about soups besides having left overs, is once you have the liquid base, add what sounds good, there are not many vegetables that you can’t put into a soup.  If you don’t have an ingredient, sub it with what you do have. This hearty meal serves great with a salad or steamed veggies.

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