Quinoa Banana Pancakes
for breakfast? Yep, and sounds pretty delicious too. My sister is on a health kick (and also trying to lose a few lbs), so she decided to try the “drop 10” from Self Magazine. She is pretty happy with the plan overall, and so far her favorite is Quinoa Banana Pancakes. I have yet to try it myself, but can’t wait to attempt this healthy and easy morning recipe.
1/2 cup of cooked quinoa
2 egg whites
1/4 cup 1% milk
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 sliced banana, divided
2 tbsp chopped walnuts
2 tbsp non-fat plain greek yogurt
1 tsp maple syrup
In a bowl, whisk 1/2 cup cooked quinoa with 2 egg whites, 1/4 cup 1 % milk, 1 tsp of brown sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract; stir in 1/4 sliced banana. Coat a medium skillet with vegetable oil cooking spray; pour batter to make 3 pancakes. Cook over medium high heat, flipping once, until firm (about 3 minutes on each side). Top with 2 tbsp of non-fat plain greek yogurt, 1/4 sliced banana, 2 tbsp of chopped walnuts and 1 tsp of maple syrup. Enjoy!
Photo: Suzanne Dressler
Apple Harvest Oatmeal
is by far my favorite meal of the day, and I’m excited to take a little break from my morning cup of yogurt to try this Apple Harvest Oatmeal. It looks delicious, and the best part about it is that it comes from The Yummy Year Project (thanks Archna for the introduction.) This amazing initiative is a way to cook in more, make healthier choices and at the same time support a great cause. The YYP is also a fundraiser to support the Ebongalethu Educare Center in Motherwell, South Africa. So stop by this amazing blog to not only get the Apple Harvest Oatmeal recipe, but to do some good while you are there.
Photo: Olivia Lin
Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
for dinner brings a smile to my face. It’s my favorite meal of the day, and with these whole wheat banana pancakes you get to indulge a little while still eating healthy. The recipe is pulled from the blog 100 Days of Real Food, which is a great little find in itself. If you are into taking steps towards cutting out processed food or refined ingredients try their 10 day pledge, (which I am going to attempt and will keep you posted when I do). I’m going to try the pancake recipe this weekend, and just as a preference of taste may swap out bananas for blueberries and use agave instead of maple syrup. I foreshadow this one being a winner!
Photo: 100 Days of Real Food
Whole Wheat Powdered Sugar Donut
even possible? A donut that’s made from wholesome ingredients, easy to make, bakes in under 10 minutes AND less than 100 calories?? According to this recipe from Paula at Salad in a Jar, it is! Check it out..
1 cup white whole wheat flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1/4 teaspoon very finely chopped pecans (optional)
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a few drops of almond flavoring
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease doughnut pan.
2. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and pecans (if using) together in a medium mixing bowl.
3. Whisk yogurt, milk, egg, oil and flavorings together in a separate small bowl. Combine all at once with dry ingredients and stir only until everything is moistened.
4. Spoon batter into pastry bag or quart-size zippered plastic bag. Seal. Snip small corner of plastic bag and force dough out of hole in a fat rope that encircles each doughnut cup. Fill only 1/2 to 3/4 full or you will lose the hole in the middle of your doughnut. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
5. After removing from the oven, immediately flip pan and dump doughnuts out on a towel or rack. Allow to cool. Just before serving, put donuts in a plastic bag with about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Seal bag with doughnuts inside and shake to coat. Leftover donuts will absorb the sugar and need to be recoated if you want them to be white.
Photo: Salad in a Jar
The New Breakfast Sandwich
new English Mufffin: the Health Loaf from Eli Zabar. This breakfast sandwich on jessicalettucetomato. is a twist on a classic and it looks SO delicious! Lightly toasted bread replaces the traditional kaiser roll or english muffin and is combined with pesto, cheddar cheese, fried egg, bacon, heirloom tomato, butter lettuce. Love the pesto addition – can’t wait to try it!
For a loaf of bread, the Health Loaf is fairly hard to find, but totally worth the hunt. I love the fact that it’s made from simple ingredients I can actually pronounce like flax, sunflower, sesame seeds and whole grains.
Eli Zabar Health Loaf
Photos: http://jessicalettucetomato.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/into-the-belly/ (breakfast sandwich); http://www.elizabar.com/Health-Loaf-P243.aspx (bread)