Photo Credit of Skinny Pancake on top right via Pinterest
Photo Credit of picture on top left via Pinterest:
I’d like to share something we’ve been up to this week…
Most families nowadays are extremely busy and always on the run. As a result, it makes it very difficult to be creative with family meals and we tend to become repetitive in our choices. And if you have kids that are picky eaters, the task of figuring out what to cook and expanding options becomes even more daunting.
This dilemma led me to switch it up for a change and select a couple of new, practical and healthy recipes that I could try out each week and see how well it is received by my family. I know…what was I thinking?! Like I don’t have enough to do already! It was definitely easier said than done. ..
And let me preface this by saying that I think I’m a pretty decent cook especially with the standard meals that I already have down to a science. Buh..I seriously don’t know what happened with this particular dish..okay maybe I do… keep reading, I’ll explain.
Like I said earlier, the goal was to expand our meal options and come up with more quick, creative and healthy meals that our kids will actually eat! And I would like to believe that I’m not alone in this aspiration, at least I hope not..
Here are the results of my first attempt at a banana-oatmeal-blueberry- ’other ingredients that I might’ve thrown in there’ Pancakes.
There were many recipes to choose from but I settled on the Banana-Oatmeal recipe below which looked like a yummy and healthy alternative to the standard pancake.
Ingredients list below obtained via Pinterest.
“Skinny pancakes, no flour 2 egg whites 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal 1/2 banana 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional) Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 15-20 seconds. Spray a griddle or skillet with non-stick spray”.
It looked easy enough, so I decided to go for it. I promptly included all the necessary ingredients on my grocery list so that I would be fully prepared.
Mistake#1: Failed at Rule #1 which is to follow the complete instructions and don’t improvise! This was my first mistake. Since I am so used to intuitively knowing the portion of ingredients needed for my ‘standard’ meals without following any preset measurements, I thought it would be safe enough to cut some corners in this case too. Bad bad move!! Confession: I might have cut too many bananas and sprinkled the oatmeal until I thought it was ‘good’ enough. Who needs directions…? Apparently I did, because this is what my first attempt looked like.
First attempt: Common!… Really? After all that work?!! smh…FAIL! 😐
Second Attempt: So, you would think I would redeem myself by starting from scratch with the right measurements from the recipe ‘book’, right? Nope, didn’t do that. I reassessed the left over batter and added some wheat flour (that’s healthy..) to thicken it up and tossed in some blueberries and some cinnamon (it couldn’t hurt, right?). Anyway, even though I still wasn’t following the proper directions, the 2nd attempt looked waayy better than the 1st attempt! And I added a couple of strawberries for ‘effect’..
Kids Taste Test Feedback:
Why does this taste like bananas?!
Uhm, I don’t like this…
Can I have my regular pancakes?
I guess that was not the feedback I had envisioned when I came up with this plan and if this project was being graded, let’s just say I would’ve been held back 😉
Looks like I’ll be going back to the drawing board on this particular meal and see if I have better results next time (when I actually follow the directions!).
Please share your tips if you’ve tried this recipe with better results! We’d love to hear ideas for more practical, creative and healthy recipes that you have successfully incorporated into your family meal plans.
NEXT CHALLENGE: Healthy Chicken Burgers with cheddar and spinach! I’ll let you know how that goes…
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