Monday, February 22, 2010

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Banana (and blueberry!!) Panacakes

Phyllis really likes panacakes (yes, I know they are really called pancakes) and waffles.  I'm always trying to find new ways to make healthier food for my family (and friends).  It's hard to put blueberries in the waffle maker and I had some blueberries that I needed to use up, so I made these panacakes (I tripled the recipe and we use soy milk but they are just as good with 2%) and added about 2 cups of blueberries to the batter.  I made them in the afternoon, and almost every time Phyllis walked by, she grabbed one, no sugar, no syrup, just a yummy panacake.  You'll notice, the only sugar in this recipe would be the natural sugar from the bananas.  Also... a thrifty note, if your bananas are getting too brown, you can throw them in the freezer, and pull them out when making banana bread, cake, muffins, or panacakes.  They are super sweet because they are super ripe, and you're not wasting :)

1 C whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 C quick oatmeal
2 eggs , beaten
1 3/4 C milk
2 mashed bananas

Mix well.

Cook on hot griddle (use cooking spray).

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

A Super Bowl Snack

I live in Indiana so of course we'll be cheering for the Colts in Sunday's Super Bowl game. Here's a simple snack I'll be making for game time:

Baked Nacho Dip

1 can refried beans, or mashed cooked or canned beans such as pintos
sour cream (1/2 cup or more to taste)
salsa (1/2 cup or more to taste)
4-8 oz. shredded Monterey Jack cheese (or whatever cheese you like)

Spread refried beans in the bottom of a 9" baking dish.
Spread salsa over beans.
Spread sour cream over salsa.
Spread cheese over sour cream.

Bake at 350 until cheese is melted. Serve with tortilla chips or Doritos.

Sometimes I just put it under the broiler for a few minutes to melt the cheese because we like it a little brown on top. You can also add ground beef or shredded chicken, green chilies, black olives, etc.