It’s National Pancake Day!
Clearly I love this holiday, as I’ve celebrated it on the blog for the last two years (oh my gosh I’ve had the blog for two years?!) It should be noted, there are a couple of Pancake Days… pretty anticlimactic. Shrove Tuesday is the day before lent begins, and apparently the Irish used to use up all of their eggs and fat, since you couldn’t eat those during lent. The 2nd NPD is IHOP’s celebration (March 8th) of free pancakes and donations to Children’s Miracle Network. I think that is great cause for celebration, but just to be safe, I’ll get this post out on the early side to benefit both holidays.
14 minute Skillet Frittata
In a breakfast lull? Here’s another fabulous breakfast to add to the list. I have been wanting to make a frittata for some time now, but as they all involved baking for prolonged periods of time, I never got around to doing it because I am always so hungry and impatient in the morning. I either have to be running out the door too quickly, or slept in and woke up too late on the weekend and can’t cram food in my mouth fast enough.
One day, I thought… why can’t you make a frittata on the stove? Sure enough… it’s a thing! It cooks in half the time (or less) and doesn’t require a big clunky baking dish, large batches, or heating up your whole house with the oven. Continue reading
An adorable, smiley breakfast for the week of Halloween!
Halloween is fun. Of course there’s the trick-or-treating, that bizarre activity where we hide our children’s identities and send them off to strangers houses in the dark and then let them eat the sugar-laden candy the strangers give them. Okay that was dramatic, but you have to admit, it is a pretty weird ritual. (Also, check out this hilarious video by The Onion if you want a laugh).
I found a new breakfast with eggs and I am ecstatic!
I woke up one day this week and just really was craving a new breakfast. I love breakfast… if you’ve been on my instagram at all you can see that. But the problem is I get in ruts. I eat oatmeal every day for 6 months and then one day, I can’t imagine ever eating another bowl of oatmeal ever again. So then I eat eggs for a few months and they get old. So I switch it up to an omelet until that gets old and I add potatoes. Then I go to waffles for a while because oatmeal still sounds gross, and then I feel terrible because I’m eating waffles every day. At that point, waffles or eggs sound better because I know my body will feel better again.
So I’ve done this cycle for a while now and really (still) struggle to find the balance. Until recently… I am trying to get creative and find some new ideas! I’ve been adding in new things like pancakes a few days a week, a breakfast sandwich, or tacos.
It’s pancake day! Aka Shrove Tuesday.
This morning I celebrated by making a new recipe for healthy pancakes, instead of the dessert, cake-like pancakes most people are accustomed to. You can find the recipe for these tasty creations here [Pancakes to be Proud of]. I topped mine with blueberries, bananas, and slivered almonds, but Hana has more ideas on her website, including topping with honey and peanut butter. Whatever you do, these promise to be yummy!
Note: I cut the recipe in half and it made even more than is pictured here – way more than I needed for breakfast. So if you’re cooking for one, I would just make half!
Also, be sure to celebrate National Pancake Day on March 3rd. Either visit an IHop (if you’re not gluten free) or celebrate by making your own stack at home and donate some change to your local Children’s Miracle a Network hospital! The holiday is meant to be fun, but it also raises quite a bit of money for this wonderful cause that allows hospitalized children to have toys, video games, and specialized equipment while in the hospital, as well as pay for therapies and trips for outpatient kiddos! I have first hand seen the difference these dollars make at our local Tucson CMN hospital, TMC for Children.
Nature’s sweet treat
Sweet potato fries are a special treat because of their natural sweetness. I eat these as a sweet snack, or even dessert some nights. For the POTS folks out there, it’s a great salty snack as well to increase blood volume. These babies keep well in the fridge and are a great go-to snack when you’re search for something “healthy” to munch on but don’t have a lot of time.
GF, DF, SF, Paleo, Vegan
- 1 sweet potato per person
- 1-2 Tblsp fresh cilantro, thyme, rosemary, or parsley (my favorite is rosemary)
- 1 Tblsp salt
- 1 Tblsp olive oil
Faux ice cream – not the animal, the unreal kind, because this is totally Un. Real.
GF, DF, SF, Vegan, Paleo
I love those recipes, that you can text to your friend in under 160 characters. Or tweet in less than 140. AND send a picture! You know those recipes?
Well this is one of them.
- 4 super ripe bananas – frozen
cut up and freeze in plastic bag, tupperware, or cookie sheet.
- 2 Tblsp peanut butter
Optional toppings: frozen (or fresh) bananas, blueberries, or peaches, cacao nibs, unsweetened coconut flakes
Tons of flavor, loved by all!
This is my favorite soup in the entire world. It has SO much flavor, so many good veggies, and is just a great broth-based soup. Your sinuses will be running by the time you’ve taken the 3rd bite because of the intense flavor. Just wait until you try it!
“Wakin’ up too early
Maybe we could sleep in.
I’ll make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now.”
– Jack Johnson
This song describes my boyfriend so well. He IS Jack Johnson (Well… maybe just a little less famous). He is all about forgetting the world, jammin’ to some music, and living in the present. That’s why he’s part of my medicine.
So last week, Gabe was craving something sweet. Since such a thing does not exist in my house (at least not with sugar) he said, “Babe! We could make those pancakes tonight!” And so we did. At 10 pm, we made banana & egg pancakes. Cuz we’re awesome.