Monday, May 01, 2006

The Wonders of Leftover Pancakes

Friday night we had breakfast for dinner. It was fun and easy. It also gave me the perfect excuse to get Saturday morning's breakfast taken care of.

I started by making a double batch of Tofu Bacon and setting half of it aside.

Next up was a batch of banana pancakes. I tinker with this far too much to give an accurate recipe but this should give you the general idea. I started with equal amounts of uncooked oatmeal, pastry flour and cornmeal. (I used about 2 cups of each.) Then two tablespoons of baking powder, 1/4 cup flaxseed meal and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Whisk it all together to avoid lumps. I also tossed in a handful of chopped walnuts and another handful of sunflower seeds.

I put about 6 over-ripe bananas into the blender along with plain soymilk and a bit of blackstrap molasses and blend it all up. I combine the wet ingredients with the dry and almost always discover that I need more liquid, so I add a bit more soymilk or even water. When its the right consistency, I make a batch on a cast iron griddle. By the time I'm ready to make my second batch, I need more liquid but that's what happens when you cook with oatmeal.

I also made a strawberry banana smoothie and an apple crisp to go with our breakfast for dinner.

Saturday morning, before hitting the shower, I assembled breakfast sandwiches out of the leftover pancakes and tofu bacon. I put these on a cookie sheet and baked them at 350 degrees until the pancakes were crispy, about 15-20 minutes. The result was a quick grab breakfast that was a little different from our usual muffin or quick bread fare. It was a big hit with the kids and because of it, the boys made it to karate on time!

5 comments:

Harmonia said...

My fave kind of veg-bacon is Light Life Tempeh Fakin Bakin

:)

Johanna3 said...

thanks for such great ideas ans recipes!

Katie said...

Hi Harmonia,
I like Light Life Tempeh Fakin Bakin as well but the rest of the family is not crazy about it.

Thanks Johanna3!

Ruthie said...

Back when I ate eggs and dairy and lived with my parents, my dad used to buy me Morningstar Farms bacon when he made BLTs for everyone else. That veggie bacon tasted like smokey salt and looked SOOOO fake!!! I remember how the red and orange stripes looked painted on like the grill marks on veggie burgers. I love tofu bacon so much it just seems hilarious that I would eat that over priced cardboard. From scratch food is so much more of a bargain.. and so much more delicious. :)

Katie said...

Ruthie,

I always find myself thinking, you just know those colors never occured in nature! I think of Mornigstar Farm products as transitional foods. In the beginning they really helped us move to a vegetarian diet.

Over time, as our ability to cook yummy veg food expanded, we moved away from them. They were like a crutch we no longer needed. With Morningstar Farms, its the laundry list of unidentifiable ingredients that bugs me the most. Although, the veg bacon does taste like salty cardboard!

Homemade is the best!