Pancake Friday: 3-Ingredient Pancakes!

30 05 2014

Sometimes the best recipes happen by accident, which is exactly how this recipe came to be!

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Believe me, I will “accidentally” be making these much more often!

The other day one of my blogger friends posted her daily eats and one of her sides was a mashed up plantain. I haven’t had plantains in a very long time, but I certainly love them! I thought that would be a great accompaniment to my crock pot chili, so I decided to pick up plantains at the grocery store.

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They were 2 for $1, so I grabbed these guys.  Take a closer look:

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That’s right, these were like conjoined twin plantains! I grabbed them plus a single and headed up to the checkout, wondering if I’d be charged as though this special plantain was one or two. The cashier wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, but she ended up charging me as though this was one plantain! Score!

I let them ripen up a for a few more days and then got to “work” in the kitchen. This was SO easy I don’t feel like I can call it working in the kitchen.

I started by mashing up half a plantain in a  bowl. I cut myself a little piece to eat and was surprised by how sweet it was. I don’t know why I was surprised- I’ve had fried plantains before and they are deliciously sweet when they’re ripe- but for some reason I was expecting a little more bland flavor. As I mashed, I realized they wouldn’t really come out like the little patties I wanted, so I grabbed an egg and cracked it in the bowl and mixed it around. This batter probably would have been just fine, but I decided to throw in some of the leftover quinoa I had from the day before. I scooped out small ladles of the batter onto the fry pan, and to my surprise, it bubbled, like pancakes do. A few minutes on each side, and then they were done! The plantain pancakes stayed together perfectly when I pulled them off the griddle. They were light, moist, and though not quite fluffy like pancakes made with flour, they still had an airiness to them thanks to the quinoa. Slightly sweet from the plantain, you could eat them as is, or add a little maple syrup to really make them pop.

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My first batch wasn’t so photogenic, so I made them again over the weekend so I could get some good photos. This time, I used a whole plantain, 2 eggs, and 1/2 cup of quinoa. This made about 8 pancakes.

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These turned out much more photogenic. It helps to save a few slices of plantain to fry up as a topping. 🙂

Again I added syrup because the plantain + maple combo was dynamite.

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And then, I added some PB and J, because why not?

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OMG. These were amazing! (and prior to adding the gobs of PB, they are pretty darn healthy!) I used PB & Co’s White Chocolate Wonderful (whose jar is now empty because I can eat that thing by the spoonful) and it was the perfect complement to these pancakes. If you haven’t tried this stuff, grab it at the store today!

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The PB gave these a bit more “sticking power” but they’re loaded with protein as is, thanks to that quinoa! Next time you make quinoa, make a little extra to use in these pancakes.

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Believe me this is a recipe you must try! Super simple and incredibly delicious! You won’t regret it!

Recipe:

1 plantain
2 eggs
1/2 cup cooke quinoa

How to:

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Scoop 1/4 – 1/3 cup of batter onto a hot griddle. Flip after bubbles start to form and the sides start to cook. Cook through on the other side. Voila!

 

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Weekend Happenings

27 05 2014

And just like that, it’s Tuesday! I hope you all had a lovely long weekend! Thanks to all who have served and are currently serving our county. Freedom isn’t free.

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I thought I’d share some of the highlights from my weekend, which included two new (to me) places!

My weekend started out with (of course) a long bike ride! I met up with Meghan, Courtney, Heather, and Chris at the crack of dawn (7am) for a ride along the Suncoast.

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We busted out almost 102 km – great way to kick off the weekend!

That afternoon I chilled by the pool before meeting up with Chris, Courtney, Heather, her hubby, and some of their friends at The Getaway.

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This was my second time at the Getaway, and I think it’s a pretty sweet spot. It’s right off of Gandy on the St. Pete side, and the owner has really tried to make this bar on the water truly feel like “a Getaway”. You can pull up a boat at one of their docs, lounge on their home-made beach, or chillax under one of their thatched roof tiki bars. During the day they also rent stand up paddle boards.

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When we arrived there was a musician playing and it definitely felt like I stepped into vacation. They don’t have a kitchen on site, but there’s always at least food trucks there (order from the bar). The Big Bang BBQ Food Truck and Renny’s Oki Doki Food Truck were there on Saturday. I ordered some of the pork nachos from Oki Dokie and they were awesome! The kimchi sauce on top definitely had a kick, but I would definitely order them again. Later, I shared some sliders from Big Bang, which were also quite tasty. It was a fun night with friends that ended with some dancing at Hula Bay 🙂

On Sunday, I slept in (glorious!), went for a hot ride on Davis island, and then met up with some other friends at the Sandbar! So, if any of you have seen the (awful) movie Magic Mike, there’s a scene where they go out to the Sandbar to hang out. Yes, there actually is a sandbar in the middle of the bay where boats drive out, toss an anchor, and everyone just hangs out.

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My friends took their boat out which only had room for 4, and despite an offer to come back and pick me up, I opted to rent a kayak and paddle out. Why not get an extra arm workout in? I really wish I had taken some photos while paddling, because it was so pretty going past the mangroves, and I spotted a fish or two jumping out of the water.

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I wasn’t exactly sure where I was going (just go left around the point and then you’ll see everyone was my direction), but soon after I started paddling, I saw the crowds of other kayakers, and then TONS of boats off in the distance. After about a 20 minute paddle, I made it! And luckily I spotted my friends pretty quickly, because there were definitely over 100 boats out there.

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(Yes, the dog, Scooter, has a life vest on)

I roped my kayak to their boat and cracked open my new favorite beer- Rivertowne’s pineapple beer. This is SO yummy- it’s light and refreshing with a hint of pineapple. It’s not actually made from pineapples, nor is it one of those super sweet, high alcoholic beers. The pineapple is added in the perfect proportion. I highly recommend it if you’re a light beer drinker. (And don’t worry, I kept myself hydrated with water/Skratch throughout the day- I wasn’t only drinking beer!)IMG_4703

The cool thing about the sandbar is that it’s not entirely exposed in that there’s dry sand (at least where I was), so you’re constantly in the water, which helps to cool you off. The water ranged from shin deep in some places, to waist deep in others, like where we were anchored. The tide was actually dropping, so by the time I left close to 5, it was thigh-deep. We hung out for the rest of the afternoon, listened to the band that was playing (a special event for the holiday weekend) and went for a walk to people watch. People/boat/animal watch we did! There was a boat that had a tiki bar built on it, people with floating coolers, lots of pups running around, people who had set up tents with a table and a grill, lots of fake boobs (this is Florida, y’all), and someone even brought their pet boar out there! I kid you not! I really wish I had my phone with me at that time, but there was a woman who was feeding her boar (ring in nose and everything) on her boat! And this was NOT a little 10-15lb thing. Oh no, it was a year and a half and I would guesstimate over 100lbs! So. Bizarre! Now that’s not something you see every day!

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And of course, I had to photobomb this lovely selfie of my girlfriends. They were sitting in the boat and I was in the water, jumping up and down. I just so happened to perfectly time this jump with the click of the shutter. 🙂 (PS check out all the boats in the background!)

I had a great time at the sandbar, and I would definitely like to go back. I’m sure the water will be bathtub-like soon and not quite as refreshing, but if you’ve got an umbrella, a cooler, and some ice, it certainly makes for a relaxing afternoon!

That’s my weekend in a nutshell. How was your weekend friends?





Smoothies With a Crunch!

21 05 2014

 

I don’t know about you, but I love a good smoothie. There’s a smoothie place in Tampa that has buy 1 get 1 free smoothies on Sundays. If Bill’s in town on a Sunday, there’s a good chance we’ll partake in that deal, indulging in the “Peanut Butter Whirl” smoothie: which is peanut butter, banana, honey, fro yo and milk. Delicious!

Smoothies make for a great snack or are a healthy way to jumpstart your day. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, folks!

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The biggest “problem” I have with smoothies (if you can really call it a problem)- is that I’m not just satisfied with slurping one up and calling it a day. I crave some other kind of texture; something I can chew or something I can crunch. When I’m grabbing a smoothie on the go, I’ll often buy one of those so called “healthy” cookies they have by the counter of the smoothie shop to get my texture fix. Sayonara healthy meal.

Recently, I’ve started drinking Shakeology for breakfast, and the way I’ve been enjoying my morning shake is with a few clusters of granola on top. It’s just enough crunch and isn’t quite as high calorie as that cookie I always grab at the smoothie place. 😉

The friendly folks at KIND sent me a few bags of granola to review and I’m happy to say that they are a PERFECT complement to my smoothies. Or to eat by the handful, which I often do. 🙂 I tried the Peanut Butter Clusters, the Dark Chocolate & Cranberry clusters, and the Cinnamon Oat Clusters. The PB one is the bomb- it’s a great way to satisfy a peanut butter craving, without all the fat of a few spoonfuls of PB. Chocolate and cranberry is also a great combo, and I used that one on top of my Red Velvet Smoothie.

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Red Velvet Smoothie

Chocolate Shakeology
1/2 boiled beet (cooled)
spoonful of cottage cheese
Coconut milk
Ice
Topped with KIND Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Clusters Granola

Don’t worry- you can’t taste the beet! I’ve actually found that hiding some veggies in my smoothies helps me stay full longer.

The most versatile granola I received was the Cinnamon Oat Clusters granola. This is one of the more simple flavors, and it pairs well with so much. It goes great on top of some fresh Greek yogurt with berries, or with a banana in a bowl with milk. My favorite combination was of course on top of a smoothie!

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Lulu wanted to try it too!

For this one, I made a Sweet Potato Cream Pie Smoothie. Let me tell you, this is definitely one of my favorite smoothie concoctions ever! If you want to replicate, here’s the recipe:

Sweet Potato Cream Pie Smoothie: 

Vanilla Shakeology
1/2 boiled sweet potato (cooled)
2 TBS cottage cheese
1 TBS almond butter
cinnamon (to taste)
almond milk
ice
a drizzle of maple syrup
topped with KIND granola

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Mmm. So good.

Thank you to the awesome peeps at KIND for sending me some yummy granola to try. You can grab some at your local supermarket too- it’s delicious!