Friday, October 05, 2012
Admit it. You make breakfast for dinner. I know I do. Especially on those days, when it's about 4:30, and I haven't even thought about dinner. My kids love it when I make breakfast for dinner. I love it too because we all customize our dishes to our own specifications. No spinach in my son's omlet, and extra chocolate chips on my daughters pancakes (whole grain of course).
Let's start with the omelets. My kids have different tastes when it comes to eggs. I just set ingredients out, and let them choose what they want. I have onions, green peppers, tomatoes, spinach and cheddar and feta cheese. You can add basically anything. Mushrooms? Check. Bacon? Oh, ya.
I have cute little cast iron pans that I used for these. I realized they were the perfect size for individual omelets. Saute onions and peppers in a little olive oil. When soft, add other veggies like spinach or mushrooms or shredded potatoes. Then add egg mixture.
When eggs are cooked on the bottom and getting firm on top, (but still a little runny) sprinkle generously with cheese. Let it cook a little longer and then, gently, ease your spatula under one side of the eggs and fold over.
Place on your plate and garnish as desired. Drew likes his plain with a few tomatoes. Trust me, there is a ton of cheese inside that little baby.
Now let's talk about whole grain pancakes. Don't furrow your brow. I know things that are good for us, usually don't taste that great. Get ready, because I'm going to blow your mind with this recipe. My awesome friend Ashli gave me this recipe and I swear I make it a couple times a month. It is so easy to make and the pancakes turn out light and fluffy. Cross my heart and hope to die. You're kids won't even know they're eating healthy. Here we go... You can make this recipe with any grain, ie oat groats (above) wheat kernels, kamut, spelt, buckwheat, etc.
I usually have oat groats, and white wheat on hand, so that's what I use. (sometimes I only have wheat so I use only wheat)
White wheat. Oh, you can buy the grain at Winco or Roseaurs in the bulk section.
Combine 1 cup mixed kernels with 1 cup milk. (Again, I usually use 1/2 cup oat groats, and 1/2 cup white wheat.) Blend on high for 2 minutes. If you have a Bosch, mix on speed 3 for 2 minutes.
Crack 2 eggs.
Add them to your mix. Then add 1 tsp salt, 1/3 cup oil, and 1 Tbsp. honey (or agave). Blend well. Then add 1 Tbsp. baking powder (Rumford is double acting and will make the pancakes fluffy). Mix gently.
I'm a peaches and cream kind of girl. It tastes over the top with this buttermilk syrup. Seriously, heaven. Enjoy!
Bosch Blender Pancakes
1/2 cup oat groats
1/2 cup white wheat
(or 1 cup combination of white wheat, oat groats, kamut, spelt, buckwheat, etc.)
1 cup milk
Pour in blender or Bosch and (speed 3) and blend for 2 minutes.
1/2 cup milk
Blend for 2 more minutes
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil
1 Tbs. honey or agave
Check consistency. If it seems too runny, add more grain and blend. If too thick, add a little more milk. It needs to be, well, pancake batter consistency.
Just before cooking, blend in gently:
1 Tbsp baking powder (Rumford is best)
Pour batter onto hot griddle or waffle iron.
Garnish with fresh or frozen fruit, syrup whipping cream and yes, even mini chocolate chips.