Sunday, June 1, 2008

What's for Breakfast?

I know the mornings get busy. It's too easy to forget breakfast, or to substitute an energy bar or even a latte. You've heard it before but it is so true, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

When I walk my son to school I am amazed at the kids running into the building with a 'bar' in their hand. This breakfast standard might do for an adult on-the-go but, for kids? It really is easy to make something homemade, healthful and tasty in under 15 minutes. I make a hot breakfast every morning (and a sack lunch too) and we still manage to get our entire routine done in under an hour.

The breakfast favorite at our house is my dad's famous cottage cheese pancakes. The recipe is below and, even if you don't like cottage cheese 'straight up', you will love these. We make French Toast a lot too but, it is nothing like what I used to eat growing up. My dad always made our French Toast in the waffle iron. We thought it was the best thing ever-all those crevices for melted butter or syrup! Sadly, I only have a Belgian waffle maker now and it doesn't work but, if you have a good old fashioned waffle iron, give it a shot-YUM!

Cottage Cheese Pancakes
They're low in flour (carbs) and high in cottage cheese (protein) and they really put traditional pancakes to shame. They are light and airy and the perfect companion to slices of banana, blueberries, or even a drizzle of good jam. You can even mix these up the night before if you are really pressed for time.

3 eggs
pinch each of salt and sugar
1 cup cottage cheese
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
butter, for cooking

In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until liquid (just a minute or so). Add the salt, sugar and cottage cheese and mix well to combine. Stir in the flour and baking powder.

Heat approx. 1 tbs of butter in a non stick skillet, or a griddle, over medium heat. When melted, spoon the batter into the pan. I like to make my pancakes 2-3 inches in diameter. If using fruit, sprinkle it onto the pancakes now. Cook 1-2 minutes, until lightly browned on the underside (they won't bubble on the surface as much as regular panckaes). Flip and cook about 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate and enjoy!


Card Girl said...

cant wait to try these.. sounds da-lish!

breadandjam said...

Okay...made these this morning...ruined the first few and they looked like scrambled eggs by the time I got them sort of flipped over! Got the hang of them mid-way through the batter and they were delicious! Yum! Cate said
these are gooder than any other pancakes!" The Charlie said, "There is no such thing as gooder...but there is such a word as gutter." To this point Cate asked, "What is a gutter?" And Charlie began to tell her the interesting facts of the sewage sytem, etc. Amazing conversation that started over the joy of a new pancake recipe!

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