Monday, January 3, 2011

Alphabento: P is for Pink Pancakes!

Toddlebug's lunch for preschool:

-- Pear,
-- Peas,
-- Peaches with penguin pick,
-- Pink pancakes, cut up, with maple syrup in the red container. Normally served with strawberry sauce (below), but unfortunately silent P is for pneumonia, which is why you haven't heard much from me lately--I'm needing to take lots of shortcuts with food and everything else. And why Toddlebug is not taking birthday cupcakes to preschool as planned, but instead some store-bought "healthy junk food" (think mini-cupcake sized oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies).
My husband would have made the cupcakes, except he has bronchitis. We're trying not to breathe on the kid. Hopefully the medicine will work and at least one of us will be better fast so we don't have to cancel T's party (Saturday).

Other P foods: pizza, pasta, pierogies, peanut butter (all on our menu this week), pesto, pumpkin, potato, peppers, prunes, pudding, pie.
P themes/ideas: pig, penguin, paint, pink/purple.

I really don't like buttermilk pancakes (picky? moi?! erm... yeah, okay, technically). These are a great replacement. They're almost crepe-thin (T basically made one into a strawberry taco at dinner last night).

Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade Pancakes
  • 1 cup strawberries or raspberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar--more if using thawed frozen berries
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour (or other flour--use 1/2 all-purpose for more obvious color); I replace the last tablespoon or so with wheat germ.
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (use rice milk for a vegan version)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • about 2 oz. beet juice or puree (I divide a can of beets among several 4-oz. jars and freeze--it's also good in milkshakes.) for color.
Slice strawberries and put them in a small bowl. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. sugar, stir, and set aside. In a matter of minutes, this becomes strawberry sauce without any further work!

Preheat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Combine all remaining ingredients. The batter will be thin.
Drop batter into pan by 1/8 cup for bento-sized pancakes or 1/3 cup for regular size. Cook until edges are done; flip with spatula and cook until finished.
Top with strawberry sauce. Serves 2ish. If you feel ambitious, you could make a lemon curd and/or whipped cream and call this dessert for company. (Or, actually, breakfast!)

The first few will come out pink enough to be used as fake ham if you're looking for an April Fools' Day prank! The rest will be browner.

Bento Lunch