Family Favorite Recipes
Peanut Butter Pancakes
If you want a delicious, easy, and healthy meal for breakfast that your kids will love, look no further. This is so easy to prepare, is incredibly filling, and you can make it super nutritious depending on the ingredients you choose to use.
Ingredients and Preparation:
Your favorite pancake mix made extra thick according to the instructions on the box. (I Bisquick Heart Smart, but you can use gluten free mix or any type of batter that you like. Just be sure to make it on the thick side.)
Whatever berries/bananas that you have on hand. (I chop up a banana into small pieces and use frozen blueberries without thawing or draining them. No need for the extra steps.) Just toss the fruit into the batter and stir.
Cook them over medium heat in a nonstick pan or on the griddle; make sure to turn them when you see the bubble forming on the top of the batter.
Spread the finished pancakes with peanut butter (I use JIF All Natural. You can also use almond butter, hazelnut spread, or whatever healthy alternative you like.)
Cover everything with some applesauce – yummy! (If you don’t like applesauce, then you can use 100% pure Maple Syrup for another delicious alternative.)
You can make this as healthy as you want, tailoring it to any allergy and/or diet requirements. More than likely, the applesauce will help your kids want to gobble it up – and you will too!
Haystacks (*Otherwise known as a Taco Salad)
Do you want a delicious, easy, and inexpensive option for family dinner or small group gatherings? This is a quick crowd-pleaser as tested on numerous small group gatherings and family dinners.
Corn Chips or Tortilla Chips (I use Fritos or Tostitos Scoops. Get enough for the size of the crowd that you’re expecting.)
Ground Beef or Turkey (Sautee over medium heat until cooked through.)
Dark Red Kidney Beans (Homemade or canned – your preference and your time schedule. Get enough to feed your estimated crowd. Heat these up until hot and/or soft. Sometimes I add black beans or pinto beans to the mix.)
Cut up Lettuce
Chopped Green Onions
Guacamole (If in season, I prefer homemade Guacamole)
Catalina French Dressing (The surprise ingredient that really brings this to a new level.)
Line all of the ingredients up in order on your counter – get your assembly line going. Get your plate. Spread the chips out over the bottom of your plate. Scoop the beans and/or meat over top of the chips, getting some of the juice from the beans is a good idea. (You can make this a vegetarian plate very easily by skipping the meat.) Next, layer the cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes in that order then add the sour cream, guacamole, and a drizzle of the French dressing. (Don’t go too heavy on the dressing, but do give it a try – it may seem weird, but it works.)
Enjoy for as long as you have the leftovers! You can easily repurpose the ingredients for burritos or tacos later on as well.