I had planned to have a wordless Wednesday today…but then I got sick yesterday (Tuesday) and had way too much time on my hands. I didn’t really realize I was sick until I woke up with a runny and stuffy nose. My main problem was the cornea abrasions (think scratching your eyeball). Being sick I can handle but scratching my corneas…that hurts…a lot. So I’ve been stuck
Gotta wear them glasses..while the corneas heal.
I haven’t been sick or needed a sick day (due to normal people reasons) in quite some time. I honestly can’t even remember the last day I had the flu or a cold. When I woke up, I pretty much knew I wasn’t going to be able to productive.
It wasn’t a total loss of a day because I found out I got a race number for the Lake Effect Half Marathon in Syracuse in a few weeks. I’ve been wanting to do this race for a couple of years (last year it sold out but I also broke my arm so that would be fun…running on ice with a broken arm…this year I was closed out because it reached max capacity). Anyways when I checked my email this morning after 13 hours glorious of sleep that a spot had opened up for me I was more than excited.
So excited I celebrated with another nap…upping me to 15 hours of sleep for the day.
And then I did one more thing and made fueledbylolz a facebook page. If you want to like it…I’d like that…so I’d like that you are liking me…weird…but if not I completely understand too. Maybe if I get 100 likes I’ll do a giveaway…isn’t that what I’m supposed to do? Or do I do the giveaway first to get the likes…I don’t know…I’d have to find some useless foodie junk to give away first I guess. Anyways-
Other then that I rested, ate lots of pancakes (because it was national pancake day) and just watched TV. It was a great day. I hate to move back to the real world today.
Chocolate pancakes and greek yogurt…oh look I’m feeling better.
Questions for you:
What do you do on sick days?
Does your blog have a facebook page?
If you are like my family (which is highly unlikely) you have a spiral ham for New Years. I personally love ham (another reason I couldn’t be a vegetarian). It occurred to me that I’ve never made a savory ham and cheese waffle, though I’ve done bacon…so why not do ham too. (but not spam).
Ingredients: (for one person)
1 cup shredded ham (that is about what I took anyways)
½ cup cheese (I chose cheddar but there are many options here)
½ cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tablespoon oil
½-1 cup milk or water depending on what you like
Spices I added: cinnamon
- Mix wet ingredients together then stir in oil.
- Add in dry ingredients and mix well adding more water/milk if necessary.
- Last add the ham and cheese.
- Add to waffle maker or cook on griddle.
topped with greek yogurt
I know that probably sounds pretty ham+cinnamon but in my house we use a ham glaze which is sweet and paired with savory ham is actually quite good. I do enjoy savory waffles personally.
After having breakfast with Shannon last week, I thought about a ham and pineapple (ie:Hawaiian combination) that will be coming to you guys shortly.
Question for you:
- 1. What is your favorite pancake combination?
- 2. What do you have for New Year’s Dinner?
So as part of the Monday pancake series, instead of a recipe this week I am actually posting a few helpful hints of how to make recipes healthier. Let’s face it-pancakes are not always the healthiest recipes but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them that way. While I’m not saying diner pancakes are made in this regard…you can! While I realize not everyone wants to lighten up their pancakes, many people do.
Instead of adding oil you can substitute a half cup of pumpkin, applesauce or greek yogurt. All three make the pancakes especially moist and delicious.
Greek yogurt pancakes
If you don’t want to consume a lot of carbohydrates, think about using a high protein flour such as peanut flour.
Instead of using high sugary maple syrup top your pancakes with sugar free syrup, peanut butter, greek yogurt, Nutella (well…that is just me), jam and jellies, fruit.
topped with basically an entire container of greek yogurt…maybe there is pancakes in there? maybe…
greek yogurt sandwich pancakes.
topped with apples
Another thing you can do (disclaimer…I personally don’t prefer the taste) is switch an egg to egg whites saving fat cholesterol. You need something to bind the pancake together and make it fluffy but if you would prefer egg whites to egg that is for you.
Questions for you:
- How do you lighten up pancakes?
- How do you lighten up any recipe?
Here’s the thing. Like my pumpkin pancake recipe, I thought I had a chocolate pancake or waffle recipe on the blog. Sadly, if I did I can’t find it anywhere and I have close to 700 posts so I’m not about to look through all of them. Similar to all recipes, it has a very small list of ingredients and very small amount of directions…because more then 5 directions and I’ll mess it up.
Anyways, I love chocolate.
I love peanut flour.
I love pancakes.
Therefore, I love chocolate peanut flour pancakes.
½ cup peanut flour (you can sub in 2/3 cup flour of choice…)
¼ cup cocoa powder (I prefer hershey’s cocoa powder)
1 tablespoon baking powder (more is needed for peanut flour pancakes)
½ cup-3/4 cup milk (depending on if you like thicker/thinner pancakes)
Sweetener to taste
I love that this recipe is 6 ingredients. Mix the dry to the wet and pour on the griddle. Cook at 375. It’s that easy!
I like topping it with greek yogurt (milk and chocolate…yes please) or peanut butter (because who doesn’t love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate).
Or nutella. Because we all know I’m addicted to that…
Questions for you:
1. Do you use peanut flour? If so, for what?
2. How was your weekend?
Okay so I know I say this a lot, but I can’t help myself. If you tried this waffle you would probably say the same thing. If you followed my blog last year, you know I had a mini addiction to smoked salmon bagels at a little restaurant near my college. (I still do, only commuting 150 miles everyday for a bagel would take a large toll on my gas station coffee funds).
Remember this guy?
Well needless to say that was the inspiration behind this waffle. After all waffles are bigger, more room for salmon and more room to be delicious. (Also-I feel like a foodie posting this…maybe there is hope for me in the kitchen…oh wait no.)
Smoked Salmon Bagel
2/3 cup flour
¼ cup feta cheese
1 package of smoked salmon (let’s not even pretend I know the process of getting a live salmon to the smoked state)
½ cup water or milk
1 tablespoon baking powder
Spices I chose to add: garlic, onion
½ cup plain greek yogurt or cream cheese
¼ cup capers
1. Mix water (or milk), egg and then add in flour, spices, and baking powder followed lastly by cheese. Add more water to make desired consistancy.
2. Shred (or rip) half of the salmon and add to batter, evenly distribute.
3. Pour into waffle maker and let cook.
4. After cooked, put on plate and add a layer of greek yogurt (or cream cheese) and capers, then top with smoked salmon.
Before adding bonus salmon and greek yogurt!
Why greek yogurt?
They added cream cheese on the bagel when I buy them, but I was feeling a bit healthy and wanted to protein load. It really brings out the flavor too I think…possibly.
Questions for you:
1. Do you like salmon? (if so what is your favorite way to eat it?)
I like it smoked or grilled.
2. Do you enjoy savory waffles?