Thursday, 6 March 2014

Healthy Toddler Meals: Saint Patrick's Day Pancakes

Healthy Toddler Meals: Saint Patrick's Day Pancakes
I love easy, healthy breakfasts. Lately, the kiddo has been sleeping through the night, has been self weaning, and is waking up absolutely ravished. 

I need to have breakfast ready to go the moment he gets downstairs. He absolutely detests his morning diaper changes because he wants to eat! Understandable. That's why I love easy breakfasts like pancakes. I make a huge batch, freeze them, and then I have enough for at least three weeks. 


Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals - Green pancakes with avocado hummus and chives #healthytoddlermeals

Okay, maybe not three weeks because we've both been eating these particular pancakes. They're a delicious savory alternative to bread! I love the combination with a savory spread or with some chives and green hummus. 

Healthy toddler meals: 

Green Pancakes


Ingredients

  • 3.5 cups of frozen spinach (I puree fresh spinach and freeze it in ice cube trays) 
  • 2 cups of frozen peas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk of choice (almond is usually my preference)  
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour*
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Welcome to Mommyhood: Saint Patrick's Day Pancakes #healthytoddlermeals, #saintpatricksdayrecipes

*Note, I created this recipe before we switched to paleo. Since then, I have also limited Mr. Toddler's intake of gluten. While this recipe is still something I would definitely consider healthy while using whole wheat flour, I also found it to work well with quinoa or buckwheat flour for a gluten free alternative! 

Instructions


  • Blend/puree veggies 
  • Add the rest of your ingredients and mix/blend some more
  • Heat up a nonstick pan/skillet on medium to low heat. If you turn up the heat, the pancakes will lose their green color.
  • I added a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil to the pancake mix, but if you don't have a nonstick pan, you'll want to add it directly to the pan 
  • Add some of your batter to the pan 
  • When the sides of the pancake brown, and the bubbles have formed on the top, they will be ready to flip. This should happen after about five minutes.
  • Get your spatula underneath the pancake. If it doesn't start to come off, then they aren't ready to be flipped. I have to admit that I struggle with the timing of this and always want to flip too soon. Don't do it! Otherwise the pancakes will fall apart.  
  • After another three or four minutes, these should be ready to be removed from the pan. 

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