Mother’s day or not, who doesn’t love bruch?!
BUT, brunch can be bad news if you’re counting calories. This mother’s day, cook up some healthy yet delicious brunch staples — pancakes and fritata.
Banana Almond Oatmeal Pancakes
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup quick or rolled oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
1 to 1 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk (or skim milk) (depending on whether you like thin or thick pancakes)
1 banana, diced
Cooking spray for pan
1/4 cup almonds
1 banana, sliced
1. In a bowl, mix the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, egg, cinnamon, and honey. Stir in the soy milk to the desired consistency. I like my pancakes to be neither too thin nor too thick, so I added 1 1/4 cups of soy milk. Stir in the bananas.
2. Place a skillet on medium heat (I use a square-shaped griddle). After spraying the pan, pour batter into 4-inch diameter circles (using about 1/4 cup of batter).
3. While the pancakes are cooking, hand chop the almonds on a cutting board with a sharp knife.
4. Once the pancakes begin to bubble, flip them and cook for another minute or so on the other side until golden brown.
5. Serve three pancakes with sliced bananas and chopped almonds. They're delicious like this, or for a sweeter breakfast, pour on two tablespoons of real maple syrup.
Makes 12 pancakes (four servings).
Spring Veggie and Potato Fritata
8 large eggs
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano (about 1/2 oz.)
3 Tbs. chopped fresh flat- leaf parsley
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne
2 to 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red potato (about 1/2 lb.) scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 1-1/2 cups)
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/2 lb. medium-thick asparagus, trimmed and cut on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar (about 1-3/4 lightly packed cups)
1. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmigiano, parsley, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. pepper, and the cayenne.
2. Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the potato and 1/4 tsp. salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on several sides, 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon.
3. Reduce the heat to medium. If the pan is dry, add the remaining 1 Tbs. oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until it softens and begins to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the asparagus, garlic, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the asparagus is bright green and crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Lower the heat to medium low and add the egg mixture and the potatoes, stirring until the ingredients are combined, 10 to 15 seconds. Add the Cheddar and stir until well distributed. Cook without stirring until the eggs have almost set, 10 to 12 minutes. (The center may still be loose but should be bubbling a little; the sides should be set.)
4. Meanwhile, position an oven rack 6 inches from the broiler element and heat the broiler to high. Transfer the skillet to the oven and broil until the eggs have set completely and the top of the frittata is golden brown, 1 to 3 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, cut into four wedges, and serve.
[Image via FitSugar.]
Tags: fritata, mothers day, pancakes, veggies