Wednesday, May 18, 2011

breakfast delights in minutes

I haven't blogged in a while...needless to say I've been busy.

We eat breakfast everyday at home. Every great once in a while when we have early meetings we skip it and I always end up having to go out and get something which I then regret eating.

To ensure a healthy breakfast at home we have a rotation of healthy fast meals (oatmeal, kasha, polenta, Cheddar grits, scrambled eggs and toast, rice cereal and so on) Lately my favorite has been pancakes. Recently, I realized that it's just as quick to make homemade pancakes from scratch as it is to make most of our other morning meals and they are so delicious. We have two varieties that are great for a weekday morning and are much more healthy than your standard pancake full of white flour.

Cornmeal Pancakes

one egg
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup of milk
1 TB molasses (molasses is so good for you, it's full of vitamins and minerals especially iron)
2 TB oil or melted lard
3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

beat egg until fluffy. add remaining ingredients and cook in butter. you can add some blueberries or blackberries once batter has been poured into skillet. serve with butter and REAL maple syrup.

Blueberry buckwheat pancakes

one egg

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup buckwheat flour

1 cup milk

2 TB oil

1 TB sugar, agave syrup, real maple syrup or honey

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup blueberries

again beat egg until fluffy add remaining ingredients. cook in butter. once pancake has been poured add a few blueberries.

We only use real maple syrup. It is more expensive but unlike conventional syrup it is natural and a little goes a long way. We also use it to sweeten oatmeal and other hot breakfast cereals. If you run out of milk in the am you can used canned milk, rice milk or almond milk instead. I always keep one of those on hand in the pantry just in case. We freeze a lot of blueberries over the summer to eat all year round in muffins, pancakes and cereal. If you freeze them flat on a sheet pan before putting them in containers it's easy to just pull out a handful in the morning. Just run them under hot water for a minute or two and you're good to go.

What is your favorite weekday morning breakfast?

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