Thursday, April 16, 2009

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes and Goulash

You get a B and D ( breakfast and dinner) today, LOL. I'm a carb junkie, so pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast foods. We didn't have them very often, when I was growing up, so I guess I'm making up for that, LOL. We have pancakes at least once a week, sometimes more. I've been trying to make them healthier, so I came up with an Apple Cinnamon pancake. It's fluffy and a bit creamy. Mr.B and Queenie love them, but Hubby is a purist and prefers plain ole pancakes.


Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

1 egg
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbs sugar
1 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 C unsweetened apple sauce
1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 C whole wheat flour
3/4 C AP flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 - 1 C milk ( may need more)

Heat a skillet or griddle over med low heat. In a medium bowl mix egg, sugar, oil, salt, apple sauce, cinnamon and vanilla, until well combined. In a small bowl, mix together both flours and baking powder. Mix dry ingredients into apple mixture, adding milk as needed to make a nice smooth batter. It shouldn't be thick, but not thin either. Coat skillet with non stick cooking spray and drop 1 ladle full of batter onto the center. Cook until tiny bubbles start to form on top of the pancake and flip. Cook on second side for a minute or so, until pancake is golden. Serve with honey or favorite pancake syrup.

The Goulash recipe is from this round of Meal of the Week recipes on Baby Center's CFYF board. I'm not a big fan of ground beef, but am willing to try recipes that include it ( usually pick around it, LOL). This was a really tasty, quick and easy recipe. I was out of peppers, so I omitted them. I thought it was still delicious, without them. Mr.B has an ear infection, so he wasn't hungry for dinner. Queenie loved it and wanted some off my plate, once she was done her serving. DH had no issues with polishing off the rest, once he got home that night.


Christine's Goulash (aka 20 minute dinner)

1.25 lb ground beef (1 small package)
1 medium onion chopped
1 red or green bell pepper chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
salt and pepper to taste (I use 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 TB Worcestershire Sauce
1 TB sugar
1 small can tomato paste with oregano, basil and garlic
2 small cans tomato sauce
2 small cans of water (using empty tomato sauce cans)
3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

In a sauce pan, brown ground beef with onion, bell pepper and garlic. Add salt and pepper, garlic powder, Worcestershire Sauce, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile cook elbows until desired tenderness. Stir pasta in sauce and serve!This can also be transferred into a 3 qt casserole, and topped with sharp cheddar cheese. Bake for 20 min at 350. (Under cook elbows slightly, around 6 minutes if using this application.)
Cindy's notes: I only had plain tomato paste, so I added about 1/4 tsp each of Oregano and Basil. I also added extra Worcester and about 1/4 tsp of season salt, on Christine's recommendation.

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