Wednesday, January 12, 2011

How to dress up a paper plate, and get them to eat veggies for Breakfast

Paper plates at breakfast? Born of necessity due to forgetfulness the night before, but dressed up nicely with a new pancake creation.

Pawing throuth the freezer for some inspiration the other day I found a ziploc bag of Summer, I mean shredded zucchini. If you have a garden, (or know someone with one) and grow this shockingly prolific cucumber cousin, chances are you've got access to some shredded summer goodness as well.

Of course I've made lots of variations of zucchini bread and muffins (chocolate, with pineapple, carrots, etc) but this particular bag was destined for something new, something improvised and improved.

::Zucchini Pancakes::
makes about 22 BIG ones
2 cups baking mix, I used Pamela's
2 T cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1 tsp sea salt
3 fresh eggs, beaten
1 1/2-2 cups shredded zucchini, squeezed dry
3/4 c. xylitol or sucanut
1 T vanilla
1/2 c melted butter or coconut oil
about 1 c of water, enough to thin to desired consistency

Preheat your griddle. Squeeze excess water out of the zucchini in a paper towel. If you found yours in the freezer the amount of water you're able to squeeze out will shock you. Mix together baking mix, spices, and xylitol. Stir in eggs, melted butter and water, then add zucchini. I like a thinner batter, so I might have added even 1/4 to 1/2 cup more water. You'll have to see what yours is like because of the density of the zucchini. Pour by 1/4 cup-fulls onto lightly greased hot griddle, flipping once. Serve with warm syrup, ideally, or cold sorghum - which is what most of the baintrain prefers.

I'm 99.99% positive the boys wouldn't have known I was performing an experiment on them and feeding them their most dreaded summer vegetable, had I not mentioned it. Oh, yes I did. I did the smartest thing possible and waited to tell them until after they'd had a bite or two.

My 4 taste-testers rated these as close to creme brulee as you can get for a pancake. Their words, not mine. And limabain ate 8. And mexicanjumpingbain was on sugar restriction and even enjoyed them with no syrup or sorghum. All that to say, they are good and worth making even if you don't have zucchini in your freezer. You can just go buy some and shred it, which would add an extra step for you, but still worth it, IMHO.

Oh, and the paper plate? We'd forgotten to start the dishwasher the night before. So, as it was running we enjoyed a relaxed no-dishes, no repeated reminders to clear-off-your-plate-please kind of morning. The pancakes dressed up that plain old grocery store paper plate in about 15 minutes.

Hope you like them as much as we do. I found 4 more bags of zucchini last night...they'll be a staple on our breakfast menu for a while.


ceodraiocht said...

Will add this to my list of "what to do with zuchinni other than dress it to look like a porch ornament and leave on the neighbor's porches" :-) Actually, looks Great!

Jo's Health Corner said...

This is a great idea! I like to sneak in healthy things into the food but I have never tried zucchini pancakes yet. Thanks for the tips..

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Amy said...

Lovely. What a nice way to get the kids to eat more veggies!

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