Tag Archives: quick

Blender Pancakes

Posted on by 0 comment aside

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.

Nature’s Candy Apples

Posted on by 0 comment aside

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

Fallnola

The girls have been putting in a request for granola lately and it is something that I have wanted to try. Our mornings and evenings have been cooling off which is feeling a little like fall as well as making it tolerable to use the oven more. Ava has been on a smoothie bowl fixation and the granola is what she said was missing. The evenings have been long with all the baking and taste testing, I figured granola should be pretty easy to put together. Well it sort-of was, getting the spices (flavor) down was a little harder than I realized because I wasn’t measuring, I was adding and tasting until I liked the taste. After the second batch, I felt I had it figured out. One of the convenient things about granola, you can kinda add what you want in it. This is the recipe for one of the batches I made and the flavor had a “fall” feeling.

Continue reading

Overnight Oats

Overnight oats, who’d of thunk it?!  Well, I must say I am glad someone did!  I had been reluctant to try overnight oats because eating cold oatmeal just didn’t sound appealing to me. As part of my daily goal to experience new things (big or small) and go out of the box/my comfort zone, I gave this a whirl. I must say, I enjoyed them, as did the hubs. He even made is own!

Continue reading

Blender Salsa

Posted on by 0 comment aside

Salsa is a favorite in this house and we have accepted that we are addicted (could be worse;)  and since we make it, I am not worried about what is in it. This recipe was shared by my friend Michelle and it is super quick, easy and flavorful.

 

Ingredients:

2 cans fire roasted tomatoes with chilies
1 handful cilantro
1/2 large red onion, cut in quarters
1 jalapeño, seeded if you want less spice
1 teaspoon cumin
1 fresh squeezed lime
1/4 teaspoon raw sugar

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until blended :)

Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to a week, if it lasts that long!

 

 

Spicy Peanut Zoodles

Posted on by 0 comment aside

Not sure if my family is going to get zoodled out, but I have been zoodle’n away lately because it is a super easy and fun way to get more veggies in their bellies!  This recipe was one that just Jon and I had as the kids were away at the grandmas for spring break, but it will be made again :) I have made peanut sauces before and they are all similar and change slightly depending on how much more ginger, lime, garlic, pepper flakes or liquid aminos I add to the sauce.  I don’t really measure out, I tend to add as I go until I like the taste.  This time I was a bit more strategic in making the sauce.

Continue reading

PB Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on by 0 comment aside

It may not seem like we eat many plants because I share many snack/treat recipes, but we do, every meal!  Lots of snacking on carrots, celery, fruit, cucumbers occur daily here. Most of the time we rotate meals we have had before as the kids have their requests and favorites.  We do have something new every Wednesday and sometimes it makes the cut and sometimes it doesn’t.

Continue reading