Kid’s “Fave” Oat Pancakes

Like me, my kids LOVE to eat!  They also like to know what’s coming.  To streamline our mornings and save me the trouble of thinking about what’s for breakfast everyday, I decided to have a set breakfast menu Monday through Friday.  They know what to expect,   it cuts down on questions, and everyone knows they will get to have one of their favorites at least once a week.  With three kids this has been super helpful.  We don’t have complaints about breakfast anymore because they know their day is coming.

On Mondays we eat oatmeal.  Tuesdays we have Grits and sausage.  Wednesdays are for pancakes.  Thursdays we eat toast and eggs.  Fridays we have muffins, and Saturdays and Sundays are Mommy and Daddy’s choice.  The menu is easy enough to follow and we add variety in different ways.  On Mondays we may change our oatmeal toppings, or have an oatmeal bar where everyone gets to choose their own toppings.  We rotate through different muffin recipes on Fridays, and there are different recipes and toppings for Pancake Wednesdays.   For my kiddos, this is their favorite wheat free pancake recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 c. oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 Tbsp. oil (coconut, canola, or melted butter all work well)
  • 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 c. milk

Combine the oats, oat flour, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, combine the eggs, yogurt, and milk.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in the larger bowl and stir.  Add in the oil and mix until well-combined.  Heat and grease your  griddle while you let your batter rest for a minute. Cook your pancakes as you normally would.

I use a ladle to pour my batter on the griddle in about 1/2 cup amounts.  I set the temperature to slightly above medium.  If your heat is too high you will burn them on the outside, and they will not cook completely in the middle.   When the edges start to bubble, flip the pancakes and cook on the other side until done.  It should take about a minute.

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I LOVE these piled high with bananas or berries or a light drizzle of cane syrup.  My middle asked me to mention that he likes them made as blueberry pancakes.  Simply add 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries to the dry ingredients before you mix in the wet ingredients.

LOVE and enjoy!

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Any Night Pork Tenderloin

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Many times when I think about pork tenderloin I think about barbecue, or a Sunday dinner after church, or a day when I have extra time to cook up a storm.  We don’t eat pork very often, so when we do my kids get excited.  I’m not really sure why I  don’t cook it more often, now that I’m typing that.  Pork tenderloin can be really affordable and tenderloins are usually nice and lean,  you can also trim off any excess fat if needed.  This recipe is  simple, quick, and affordable.  It’s great any night of the week.

I chose to bake the tenderloin in this recipe, but you can grill it as well.  Baking it means you can stick it in the oven, set the timer, and move onto something else.  This always works well when there are kiddos underfoot.

Ingredients:

  • 1.75 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 medium onion, halved
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (Balsamic vinegar also works well in this recipe.)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  You can mix the marinade by hand or like I did in a blender.  If you choose to do it by hand, mince the onion and garlic ,and wisk the ingredients (except the pork) in a bowl.  Otherwise, toss everything into your blender and blend to form a paste.  You can taste to see if you would like to adjust the salt and pepper.  Pour the marinade/paste over the pork.

If you have extra time, you can let the meat marinate for 30 minutes.  If not, place it in the oven at this point.  It still bakes up with a lot of flavor.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Let the pork rest for 3 minutes before slicing.  Enjoy!

 

 

Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

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We ate a lot of potatoes this past week.  Purple potatoes, sweet potatoes, and finally these mashed potatoes.  Mashed potatoes scream comfort and comfort food is what we go to a lot for Sunday dinners.  I don’t know what it is with kids, but mine LOVE mashed potatoes.  It is always one of those sides everyone is happy to have on their plates.

These mashed potatoes have a twist that won’t make you feel guilty for eating them or giving large heaps to your kiddos.  There is no butter or cream in these potatoes, but they are still creamy, tasty, and kid approved.  There is an extra step in roasting the garlic, but it is ridiculously easy for the amount of flavor it adds.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 5 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 8-9 potatoes, peeled and diced ( I used a combo of medium sized red and russets. You don’t need to peel the red potatoes)
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley
  • 1/2 c. broth or more depending on texture (vegetable or chicken)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the head of garlic in an oven proof dish and drizzle with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. Roast the garlic in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.

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Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.  Place the diced potatoes in a pot of water and boil until tender.  Potatoes are done when you can easily mash with a fork.    Drain the water from the potatoes.  Squeeze the roasted garlic from the cloves into you potatoes.

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Add the remaining 4 Tbsp. olive oil, parsley, broth, salt, and pepper.  Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or whip with a mixer. We had these alongside our pork tenderloin and Honey Balsamic Kale.

Cole Slaw

Cole Slaw is another quick side dish.  It’s even faster if you buy the pre-shredded cabbage and carrots, which I did this past week.  This recipe is a little lighter because it is not too heavy on the mayo.  You can also use Miracle Whip and it still tastes great.  The taste is just a little sweeter, so you may want to use less honey.  This same dressing also works really well with broccoli slaw.

We love the crisp crunch of coleslaw as a side for burgers, barbecue sandwiches, and even fried fish.  Although, that’s really the Tennessee guy I married. New Orleanians generally like a good potato salad with our fish, but that’s another recipe for another day.

Ingredients:

  • 1-16oz. bag of Shredded Cabbage and Carrots
  • 1/3 c. + 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder

Place the cabbage and carrots in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl combine the mayo, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and onion powder.  Stir until well combined and add to the cabbage.  Stir until all of the veggies are covered in dressing.  Serve and enjoy!

Turkey Burgers

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My son didn’t want me to give away his Turkey Burger recipe.  He said it should just be saved for him.  That is a picture of his plate with his loaded burger.  Notice the Avengers cup in the background.  This is my nod to him and his sweet possessive spirit.

My husband’s a beef guy, but sometimes I can get Ground Turkey on sale at a really good price.  Sometimes we make meatballs or spaghetti, but who doesn’t love a burger?  Combined with Sweet Potato Fries it made a fun Saturday night dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. Worcestershire  sauce
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1-2 eggs, use 2 if you have the leaner turkey

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and form into patties large enough to fit your buns.  Cook over medium-high heat on a greased griddle.  Cook 4-5 minutes per side, until you see the meet brown.DSCN2059

Enjoy with your favorite burger toppings.

 

 

 

 

Roasted Broccoli

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This side is too simple not to make!  Roasting the broccoli gives it this sweeter mellower taste.  It’s tender, yet retains a little of the crunch.  Two of my children will often just eat the florets, but when I roast broccoli they gobble up the stems and all.

Ingredients:

  • 1.75-2lbs. fresh broccoli
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Cut the broccoli into manageable pieces. Grease a foil lined baking sheet or line with parchment.  Spread the broccoli on the sheet in a single layer.  Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Toss to coat the broccoli completely.  Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

 

 

Roasted Purple Potatoes

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For a while my son couldn’t have rice or wheat, and potatoes started sneaking more and more onto our menus. It’s a good thing they are pretty versatile.  I am a huge fan of the simplicity of roasted potatoes.

We usually roast red potatoes, and fingerlings are always good too, but my littlest is currently obsessed with the color purple.  This past week at the grocery store she spotted these beautifully hued baby potatoes and asked very nicely if we could buy them.

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Boy, am I glad she did!  The kids were enamored with the deep color and we were all smitten with the taste.  The texture after roasting was almost velvety.   These were such a nice side for our salmon the other night.  I will definitely be splurging on these delicious spuds again.

Ingredients:

  • 1, 24oz. (1.5 lbs.) bag of Baby Purple Potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. dried or fresh parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste (I used 1/2 Tbsp. each of Kosher Salt and Course Ground Pepper)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment or grease.  To save on clean up, I actually lined my cookie sheet with foil and covered in olive oil spray.  Wash the potatoes and slice in half.  Place the potatoes on the cookie sheet, drizzle with the olive oil, then toss.  Once they are completely covered, sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parsley and toss again.  Place the cookie sheet in the preheated oven and cook for 25-30 minutes.

Try not to eat them too quickly!

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