Monday, May 3, 2010

Thursday: Pancakes For Dinner?

One of our family's traditions is making about once or twice a month a breakfast meal for dinner. Does your family ever do that? We put on our PJ's and eat a yummy breakfast dish. Usually, in the mornings I do not have enough time to make things like pancakes or french toast, because the kids are STARVING and all they want is something simple like cereal. I didn't want my breakfast talent to go to waste, so I implemented it into dinner time.This Cooking Light recipe is so yummy too, that you really don't mind having pancakes for dinner! Plus they have shredded carrots in them. Delicious!

Carrot Cake Pancakes Recipe
4-6 servings (serving size 2 small pancakes)

  1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I've tried half all-purpose , half whole wheat and that was good too!)
  1/4 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg 
pinch of cloves and ginger
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk (I just use 1 TB white vinegar and fill the rest of the measuring cup with 1% milk)
1 TB canola oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups carrot, finely grated (use the smaller holes on the grater, not the biggest ones)
2 TB honey, optional
3 TB butter, softened, optional

1. Spoon flour into measuring cup. Level with knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients with a whisk. In a different bowl, combine brown sugar through egg. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture, stirring till just moist. Fold in carrots.
 2. Heat a large skillet with cooking spray over medium heat. Spoon 4 (1/4 cup) batter mounds onto pan. Spread with spatula. Cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until top begins to bubble. Mix honey and butter. Serve with pancakes. If you have any pancakes leftover, just freeze them on a baking sheet, and then place in freezer bags.

Plan and Prep Ahead

Here are some helpful techniques to make life a little easier once dinner time hits. These tips will especially help those that work full-time and don't have a lot of time to prepare dinner.

Not much to prep this time.

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