Saturday, February 27, 2010

Breakfast for Athletes

I love pancakes but I don't love the heavy, slouchy, lazy feeling I have after I gorge myself with buttermilk pancakes, french toast or waffles. As a result, I rarely eat such high density, carb overloading options for breakfast, especially during the week days.

This new recipe is anything but unhealthy, yet it also satisfies the pancake cravings. Using coconut flour (you can find this at your local Whole Foods), whipped-up egg whites and a ripe banana, you are able to achieve a "pancake" like breakfast that leaves you feeling satisfied and ready to take on the day. I promise.

Just check out this recipe below...

Banana Pancakes... a lighter version

2 large bananas, smashed
2 eggs
2 egg whites
2 tbsps high quality honey
2 tsps vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup coconut flour (or Almond Meal)
Olive oil or butter for the frying pan

Combine smashed bananas, eggs, honey, vanilla and baking soda with a whisk or fork. Add the coconut flour and combine well. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped egg whites into the pancake mixture.

I like to top mine off with some blueberries while they are cooking in the frying pan. You could also add some coconut flakes, strawberries, walnuts, you get the idea.

In a frying pan, heat 1 tbsp butter or olive oil. Lastly, fry up your "pancakes"!

Recipe courtesy of a new Paleo/Gluten/Fitness friendly blog,

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Teach Every Child About Food

For my fellow food bloggers to pass along. Food education is just the beginning of a total transformation of the American Lifestyle. Change starts with you.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Blogging Scones

So I'm not too sure how long my break from blogging really was, but I hope that this new recipe will help me redeem myself in the food blogger universe.

It has been a fantastic 2010. The year started off with a fabulous trip to Cabo San Lucas... sun, chips, guacamole, beer, chips, guacamole... a working girl could get used to the vacation life. Unfortunately, reality hit with a small cold and piles of work with no end in sight. Fortunately, inspiration arrived in the form of a Culinary Institute of America Breakfasts & Brunches Cookbook which finally provided me with a ham and cheese scone recipe that I plan to stick with all year long.

Although a tad on the sweet side, these ham & cheese scones are perfect for a Sunday brunch. They come out of the oven very moist with tons of flavor from the ham, cheese and scallions. If you aren't a fan of the sweet and savory, you could easily replace the ham & cheese with some fruit of choice - that's why I love this recipe. It's versatile and simple, allowing the chef in the kitchen to take the reins.

Ham & Cheese Scones
The Culinary Institute of America: Breakfasts & Brunches

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup medium-diced ham
1/2 cup medium-diced cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sliced scallions
2 cups heavy cream.

Cut two 10-inch circles of parchment paper. Use one to line a 10-inch round cake pan and reserve the other piece

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a mixing bowl. Add the ham, cheese, and scallions and toss together with the dry ingredients until evenly distributed. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the cream to the mixture and stir by hand jut until the batter is evenly moistened. Place the dough in the lined cake pan and press into an even layer. Cover the dough with the second parchment paper circle. Freeze the dough until very firm, at least 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a baking sheet by spraying it lightly with cooking spray or lining it with parchment paper. Thaw the dough for 5 minutes at room temperature; turn it out of the cake pan onto a cutting board. Cut the dough into equal pieces and place the individual pieces on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake the scones until golden brown, 30-40 minutes. Cool the scones on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to cooling racks. Serve scones warm or at room temperature. They are awesome the same day they are made but of course, you may freeze them for up to 4 weeks.