Thursday, January 28, 2010

Quote from the Back of a Pick-Up Truck

I read this on the back window of a pick-up truck recently.

"The man upstairs came downstairs so we don't have to live in the basement."

That pretty well sums up salvation.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes

Remember the old story of the pancake that rolled out the door and down the lane? Everybody and their second pup chased the pancake hoping for a bite. My family would definitely have been right in there with the others in hot pursuit of that hot cake. They really like pancakes. I mean a lot. They would have them twice a week if I'd make them. It seems like I always feel a little unsettled in my stomach and have a fuzzy feeling in my head after I eat them. So, I don't make them often. I think that's about to change!

I made a big brunch for the family this morning because everyone was home. Scrambled eggs, sausage patties, and a side of hot pancakes. I was feeling homemakery; so, I tried a variation of my regular pancake recipe. We all prayed; and then, I started serving. We let everyone eat their pancakes as they get them so they'll be hot. As I was serving, I kept hearing comments about how wonderful the pancakes were. I was thinking that they were trying to butter me up and get me to make them more often. Then, I tasted them myself. Wow! I loved them. What's even better, they loved me! I didn't feel ill at all. I just had to share the recipe with you.

Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes
This makes about a dozen pancakes.
Whisk together:
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
4 T canola oil
2 T honey
In another bowl, combine dry ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour (1 1/2 cup if freshly ground)
1 cup oats
1 T baking powder
1 t salt

Mix it all together just until smooth. You may need to adjust the flour if you have just ground it yourself from soft wheat. I used 1 1/2 cups of freshly ground flour. This recipe is just so good for you.
I bake these on my electric skillet set at 350 degrees. I put the lid on after I turned them to help them bake because they're thick. You can also bake them on a griddle as you would other pancakes. Be sure to use cooking spray because the honey makes them stick a bit. Don't try to turn them too soon. Make sure the edges are dry and the middle is starting to bubble.
These are just so tasty, you must try them.
Thrilled to find a pancake recipe that is healthy and delicious!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tasty Tuesday Pineapple Chicken

I made a rave review dish for Sunday dinner last week- Pineapple Chicken. I wanted something that I could put in my electric skillet so that I could come home to a mostly made dinner. I was faced with plain old boneless skinless chicken breasts. I do a lot of cooking by just opening cupboards and seeing what looks like I can put it together in a new dish. Here's how I made my Pineapple Chicken. The kids liked it so much, they told me to make it a recipe!

Pineapple Chicken
3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, thawed
2 cans of crushed pineapple
1/2 cup brown sugar
You already know it was easy because it only has three ingredients!

Brown the chicken breasts lightly in an electric skillet. I own Saladmaster cookware; so, I don't use oil. If your skillet needs a little oil or cooking spray, you'll need to adapt the recipe a bit. You're not trying to fully cook the chicken, just give it a bit of color.
Meanwhile, mix your crushed pineapple with brown sugar in a bowl. After your chicken is browned, spoon the pineapple mixture over the chicken. Cover and turn the electric skillet down. On my skillet, I set it at 200.

Now, go to church or go about your activities for 2-3 hours. When you get home, you'll have delicious moist chicken. I served this with brown rice.
There are 6 of us. Three adults, two kids who are over 5 foot tall and our little eight year old. This fed us all amply. You can adjust amounts to the size of your family. I used the tall cans of pineapple. You could get by with one if you needed to. I just like things moist and brothy.