Saturday, June 23, 2012

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Life is still very busy. A little too busy for my taste. But for the next few weeks that’s what it’s going to be. And it doesn’t help if I complain or feel sorry for myself, but I can make sure I follow my “busy life rules:”
  • Plan, plan, plan – The more planning and organizing I do, the better things will go. This includes food, exercise, and other commitments. When life gets busy, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but if everything is clearly planned, things become a lot more doable.
  • Slow down every day to be thankful for all the good in my life. It’s easy to forget to do this, especially when life gets busy…
  • Make some “me time” every day. Usually my me time is reading before going to sleep. Lately, I have been falling asleep after just a page or so. But it’s still a nice ritual.
  • Working out and eating well will give you more energy. I still have to remind myself of this during busy times.
A few days before Father’s Day, hubby kept on mentioning waffles over and over and over again. Our waffle maker doesn’t get used very often and actually “lives” in the garage… The kid and I got the message and made waffles for breakfast on Father’s Day.



I made a simple berry sauce to go with the waffles. I put a tablespoon of water in a pan and added frozen, organic berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, & blueberries) and a little sugar. I cooked the berries over medium heat for about 10 minutes. The sauce was very fruity and slightly tart.

The next day, I had still quite a bit of sauce leftover and the guys preferred a little syrup with their leftover waffles. I remembered a “cottage cheese pancake” recipe I made many, many years ago and decided to make some to eat with the berry sauce. Since the berry sauce is pretty high in carbs, I decided that I wanted some “pancakes” with more protein.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • A few stevia drops
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Put in the fridge and let rest for at least 1 hour.
  3. Heat a pan and spray with a little oil
  4. Pour pancake mixture into pan and cook on one side until bubbles form. [It is very important to not turn the pancakes too early or they’ll fall apart.]
  5. Turn pancakes over and cook on the other side.
Servings: 2 (2 pancakes each)
Prep Time: Approximately 1 hour (including resting time)


By themselves, the pancakes look and taste more like a sweet omelet, but with the berry sauce, they become more like “real pancakes.”  Since I normally prefer savory breakfasts, it’s not something I eat often, but it’s a nice change of things once in a while. And it’s nice to have a sweet breakfast option with quite of bit of protein.

Questions: What’s the last “forgotten” recipe/dish you’ve made? What’s a “forgotten” dish you want to make again soon? What’s your favorite summertime fun? We have been enjoying the pool and all the summer produce at the Farmers’ Market.

Be well,
Andrea

43 comments:

  1. Your cottage cheese pancakes and the berry sauce sound so yummy!

    I used to make stir-fries all the time, and now I never make them for some reason. I tried making one a couple weeks ago and it turned out terrible...I guess I'm out of practice! (Or maybe my taste buds are off?!)

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    1. Thanks!

      My guess would be that your taste buds are off... :)

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  2. P.S. I did think of the kid when I was cutting mushrooms for my stir-fry, though. "It's good for your skin!"

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    1. Yes, the kid has all sorts of comments about the health benefits of different foods. I think they talked about it a lot in his preschool. Some of his statements are rather questionable however... ;)

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  3. I LOVE this idea! what a great breakfast!

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  4. Love these high protein pancakes and your "rule" to be thankful! We have been super busy too, but a lot of it has been fun, and I have gotten more clients at work, so it's a good busy :-). We've been doing a lot of bike riding this summer which has been great, and a good way to get some exercise with the kids while having fun. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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    1. I'm looking forward to bike rides with the kids in a few years! :-)

      Have a great week, too!

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  5. Wow, these seem so simple, yet look so good! I even have all the ingredients on hand!

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    1. Yes, they are very simple. The only thing to remember is to not turn them over too soon, or they'll fall apart...

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  6. Hi Andrea! They look good, and the ingredients are indeed healthy! Pancake makeover!

    :-) Marion

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    1. Yes, they are are pancake makeover! :)

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  7. ...slow down everyday to be thankful for all the good things in life... That is a great goal! These pancakes sound so delicious!

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  8. I just happen to have cottage cheese in my refrigerator.

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    1. It's certain one of my more "unusual" uses for cottage cheese... :)

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  9. I love cottage cheese in my protein pancakes.
    the husband loves my pancakes.
    the husband has no idea there be cottage cheese in there :)

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    1. Isn't it funny what we can "sneak" by them... ;)

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  10. I like your "busy life" rules Andrea. Very, very smart. The only time I buy cottage cheese is when I make vegetarian lasagna. I might have to try these though.

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  11. I've been trying to take advantage of the days I have off in the summer, to get some summertime relaxation in. Lately I've been walking a lot with my mom, and riding my bike to as many places as possible!
    I tried to Pin this recipe, but for some reason it wouldn't show the picture of the pancake. I pinned the waffle picture, and wrote "cottage cheese pancakes" :) I can't wait to try this. I've been into the high protein pancakes lately.

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    1. Found your comment in the spam folder!

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  12. There have been commenting issues again. I apologize to anyone who tried to comment but couldn't. Also, a few comments seem to be "lost" in cyberspace. I got email notifications, but they don't show up... Sorry everyone. Things seem to be fine now.

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  13. I definitely can't wait for our farmers market to get into full swing, but that's usually not until the end of July - so jealous of you California people who have year round markets!

    I agree that you have to take some "me" time - for me its usually in the morning before work - either I blog, read blogs or go to the gym, I usually don't wake my husband up until I leave for work!

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    1. Yes, we are spoiled in California! But at least I am aware of it! :)

      Have a great week!

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  14. I love these! I never thought to add in cottage cheese, an extra boost of protein! YUM!
    I know what you mean about being busy. For me, it's been important to still try and get in those workouts. It is easy to skip when I am busy and stressed. But I feel so great when I do go!

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    1. Yes, keeping up with your workouts when life gets busy is a challenge yet so important!

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  15. Your waffles remind me that I need to make them more (my iron lives under the sink so I have no excuse!). I am going to revive the arugula and corn salad that I used to make and somehow have not since we moved to NJ. I miss a lot about CA and the produce there! Swimming will be a big activity when we get back!

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    1. My husband had some arugula and corn salad at a party over the weekend, and he has been raving about it.

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  16. What could I use instead of stevia?

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    1. You could use anything you typically like to use as a sweetener that can be evenly distributed. In the past I used just a bit of sugar, and I have also made them without any sweetener but have then added a sweeter topping.

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  17. I made some cottage cheese and oatmeal pancakes that were pretty good. I like your fruit topping and that fact that the pancakes are so full of protein.

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    1. Cottage cheese & oatmeal pancakes sound good. And, yes, I like that this version is full of protein.

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  18. Oh Andrea, great idea adding cottage cheese to the pancake batter...great way to start the day...
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

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    1. Thanks! Hope you are having a great week, too!

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  19. These look great and such good advice to start out with. We actually use our waffle maker a lot, strangely.

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    1. Thanks! I use my waffle maker so little, I always think of giving it away... But I don't think my family would be happy... :)

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  20. Speaking of farmers markets I was inspired by your great posts on your csa boxes to join a local fresh food box delivery in my town! I get my first box tomorrow and I can't wait to see what's in it. I'm sure it can't be as lovely as a California box but we shall see!

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  21. I used to make cottage cheese pancakes when I was training for my figure competitions. That feels like another life even though it was only 3 years ago! I'm sorry you are so busy. I do not like that feeling but it will pass! Hugs to you!!!!

    PS those waffles look divine. I have never thought of using multiple types of berries to make a sauce!

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    1. Thanks!

      The berry sauce with different berries is tasty.

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  22. These look yummy. Hope like settles down a bit for you Andrea!!! Take care.

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    1. Thanks, Roz! Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

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