Pancake Yogurt Breakfast Bites

 Pancake Yogurt Bites

We are already in our second week of school. Can you believe it? No matter what age your kids are (mine are 13, 15 and 17), school mornings can be hectic. I needed a healthy back-to-school breakfast recipe that was going to make my kids smile in the morning, so I came up with these Pancake Yogurt Breakfast Bites using Kellogg’s Mini Pancakes. The frozen food aisle has become my best friend lately with so many fabulous items that are a great value and allows the busiest of people to be creative in the kitchen. Don’t forget that there are a variety of different cuisines represented on this aisle, including options that cover snack-time, breakfast, lunch, dinner, entertaining and specialty food occasions. With back to school schedules and fall activities, this aisle makes my life so much easier (and sometimes less expensive). This breakfast recipe is just a start. Feel free to add your favorite toppings such as Nutella and sliced bananas (see below)  to make something new for breakfast, an afternoon snack or dessert. For more recipes using frozen foods, fruits and vegetables see Easy Home Meals.

Pancakes Bites with Nutella

 

10 Minute Protein Pancakes

Protiein Packed Pancakes

Start your week off right with these 10 Minute Protein Pancakes. I love breakfast for dinner, and these provide you with plenty of great flavor and protein. They contain chia seeds – the highest known plant source of omega 3’s and omega 6’s. These are also said to help to energize and detox the body. I made these for the kids, and they loved them (they had no idea what was inside).  Thanks to Veria.com for sharing this recipe, one that you should keep in your files for sure.

Valentines Chocolate Chip Pancakes Recipe

Where has January gone? Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so how about an easy breakfast or brunch recipe? This Chocolate Chip Pancake recipe (adapted from allrecipes) is ideal for your favorite person or for the kids. My daughter, Leigh, enjoyed them so much that she made them for me recently (love her always). You can’t go wrong with chocolate chips in anything–especially in pancakes. So, who has fun Valentine’s plans? Let me have it!!

5 Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes

I can’t believe Mother’s Day is this weekend. Last year was a rough, emotional mother’s day with my mom passing away the week before. It has been a tough year to say the least, but being a mom with 3 kids makes everything in life worth it. A good friend of mine tells me often to “Roll with the punches”. This is the best advice I can give to anyone, especially moms. I love the idea of a having a special Mother’s Day breakfast or “breakfast in bed, so heres 5 great looking recipes including my recipe for Blueberry Muffins with Greek Yogurt. Here’s to a terrific Mother’s Day to all of you!

Homemade Granola via Fork Spoon Knife 

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes via Sugar and Charm 

Breakfast in Bed via Spoonful

Carrot Mango Smoothie via Whole Living

Father’s Day Inspiration: Ideas and Recipes

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend so I thought I would share some very unique and fun Father’s Day recipes and ideas from some of my favorite sites including this recipe from my site: Grilled Steak with Mushrooms via Ingredients, Inc. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and an even better week ahead!

Greek Yogurt Pancakes via How Sweet It is

50/50 Burger via Spoon Fork Bacon

Sweet Potato Fries via The Art of Doing Stuff

 Corona Beer Popsicles via Bakers Royale

Golf Cupcakes via Martha Stewart

Father’s Day Sugar Cookies via Martha Stewart

Campfire Bars via Sweetened with Honey

Tiffany Money Clip

Buttermilk Pancakes & Guest Post by “Today’s Nest”

I am so excited to announce that my post today is by Sam Henderson of Today’s Nest, one of my favorite sites. Please be sure to check out his site and his incredible talent! I am honored to have him share his incredible work with you for National Hot Breakfast Month. Take it away, Sam….

Pancakes are an American staple and go by many names–flapjacks, hot sales, griddle cakes, etc. The breakfast standard has a long history and is even surrounded by a bit of folklore. Perhaps you have read the story of Paul Bunyan and his love for flapjacks. Some say it took nearly 20 men to make enough pancakes to satisfy him.  I sometimes feel as though I could use a little help getting enough for my crew. They seem to disappear from the plate faster than I can flip them. We used a box mix for a long time until we discovered we could make better cakes on our own.

There is no magic in box pancake mix.  The ingredients  are, for the most part, already in your pantry. The only exception here is that many pancake mixes require just water to be ready to go. If you desire the taste of true buttermilk pancakes, you will be required to keep some buttermilk on hand.  The good news is you can make some Homemade Butter or purchase some and keep it for other purposes.

Sam’s 10 Pancake Tips:

1. A word about syrup… I believe in saving money where it is sensible and doesn’t compromise good taste (in every sense of the word). REAL Maple syrup is not a meaningless purchase. Buy REAL Maple Syrup.

2. As a nice gift, double the dry ingredients and place them in an airtight jar.  Tie a card around the top with the recipe written inside.

3. When you pour in the wet ingredients, mix quickly and just until moistened.  That’s all.  There may be some lumps, but it won’t be evident when your light and fluffy pancakes are served.

4. If you have the time, allow the batter to rest before using.  Even after an hour the results are better.

5. Pancakes should be flipped only once.  Pull up the side to see if the bottom is the color you want and then flip it gently.  The second side should only take half to three quarters the time it took for the first side.

6. If you are using a non-stick pan or griddle you should not need any additional butter or oil.

7. I find a griddle much easier to manage for pancake making.  I don’t have to struggle with the side of the pan and I can cook many more at a time.

8. I use an ice cream scoop to measure out my pancakes.  Ours holds exactly 1/4 cup of batter, and I am able to maintain consistent results.

9. Freezing pancakes is simple.  Place cooled cakes on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Top with another sheet of parchment and another layer of pancakes.  Continue until all are single layered between parchment sheets.  Place in freezer until frozen.  Remove frozen pancakes from parchment and store in a sealable freezer bag.

10. Reheat frozen pancakes covered with a damp paper towel in a microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Citrus at Its Best: Orange Ricotta Pancakes

This weekend, I am so excited to be speaking at  Food Blog South, a conference and workshop in Birmingham, Alabama on Recipe Development along with the talented Virginia Willis. It’s going to be wonderful weekend filled with bloggers, writers, photographers and so many others from around the country. Proceeds from the conference go to support a charity to restore the Gulf, and also support The Desert Island Supply Company, a Woodlawn-based writing center for kids. Recently, I was working on a recipe development project for a client creating recipes made with citrus fruits. I loved how these Orange Ricotta Pancakes turned out: so light and fluffy with the perfect hint of orange flavor. This makes a great breakfast idea for this weekend since oranges are at their peak. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Weekend Pancakes with a Twist: Pomegranate Ricotta Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup

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Making pancakes on the weekend is one of my favorite things to do with the kids. This recipe is really special because it includes ricotta cheese as well as pomegranates and pomegranate juice. It is a recipe I came up for POM, and it’s really wonderful. Since pomegranate season is about over, try substituting blueberries for the pomegranates in the pancakes.

Weekend Favorite: Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes

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My daughter, Leigh, loves to make pancakes, and we make saturday. These Blueberry Pancakes are delicious and are at the top of the list. They’re so easy and are as good as they look.

Mother’s Day Brunch Idea: Organic Blueberry Waffle Pancakes

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This is what I want Mother’s Day morning for breakfast. Who wouldn’t? I found this great, new, cool pan by Nordicware (see below) that is so fun and simple to use. Simply make your favorite pancake batter and spoon 2 tablespoons into each silver dollar indention, and that’s it. I love this Low-Fat Organic Pancake Waffle recipe, but if I’m in a rush, I highly recommend Whole Food’s Organic Buttermilk Pancake Mix. These are awesome, and they are as good as they look!


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