Monday, June 16, 2014

A Midwest Breakfast

Create a Midwest breakfast to start your day.
Wild Rice and Blueberry Pancakes
Cook's notes: Wild rice and buttermilk gives these hearty pancakes a wonderful texture and blueberries are a flavorful addition.  Cook wild rice according to package directions but do not add salt use plain water. How much wild rice is personal preference so start with 1 cup of cooked wild rice to batter, add more as needed. Cooking wild rice the day before is a time saver since it takes about 50 minutes to cook. Any leftover rice can be used in  making a salad.
  • 3 cups flour or cake flour
  • 3 TB. sugar
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 5 TB. melted butter
  • 1-2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1 pint and a half blueberries, rinsed and patted dry on a paper towel
  • syrup/butter
  • Warm oven to 350 degrees and then turn oven off. Cooked pancakes can be stored on baking sheet in warm oven while you finish cooking the others.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Whisk to combine and make a well in the center of the ingredients and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl beat buttermilk, 2% milk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla.
  • Heat a griddle over medium high heat. You can flick water across surface and if it beads up and sizzles it's ready to go.
  • Pour the wet mixture into the well of the dry ingredients and use a rubber spatula to combine. Add wild rice and blueberries and mix just until blended. Do not over stir-batter should be slightly lumpy. 
  • Pour or scoop 1/3 cup batter for each pancake onto the griddle.  
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup milk or substitute soy, rice or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • Crush ice cubes first in a blender, then add ingredients to mix well.
Smoothie Options include:
Best High-Protein Smoothie Ingredients:
• Nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
• Nonfat or low-fat plain milk
• Nonfat or low-fat plain kefir (fermented milk drink)
• Tofu
• Natural peanut butter
• Almond butter
• Plain soymilk
• Plain almond milk
Best Fruits for Smoothies (use fresh fruit, frozen fruit or fruit canned in water or its own juice):
• Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
• Mango
• Pineapple
• Peach
• Banana
• Apple
• Melon
• Cherries
• Apricot
Best Vegetables for Smoothies (use raw):
• Carrot
• Kale
• Spinach
• Avocado
• Cucumber
Healthy Smoothie Additions for Flavor and Additional Nutrition:
• Flaxseed
• Chia seed
• Old-fashioned oats
• Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)
• Vanilla extract
• Coconut water
• Unsweetened cocoa powder

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