parker-approved veggie pancake.

Friday, October 19, 2012

well, despite my best intentions, sometimes parker's all, "i don't want this!" when he's had that very thing two days earlier and scarfed it like it was no one's biznaz.  that makes my head explode all, "what the $#%#*!!!!"  

so i came home the other day and got all mary poppins in the kitchen.  i'm going to try some new things!  see how he likes it!  and if all else fails, i'll entertain him with renditions of "just a spoonful of sugar."  

well, this went over swimmingly*.  veggie pancakes, ya'll!  he ate two of 'em!  and i tell you what, they're delicious.  i liked them too.  like legit liked them as opposed to liked them as far as kid food goes.

*the next day he wanted nothing to do with them so... i don't even know.

i didn't follow the recipe.  at all.  but, i'll show it to you and then still tell you what i did.
adapted loosely from the recipe out of this book

out of the garden pancakes
1-1 1/2 cups broccoli
1/2 onion, sauteed
1-3 cloves garlic, sauteed
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup (or more depending on consistency) flour
1 egg
sprinkle of flaxseed meal

so, there's a million ways to do this pancake.  this is just what i did.  i steamed the broccoli, sauteed the onion and garlic together.  then food processed those three things.  put them in a bowl, sprinkled some sea salt on it, add flour and flaxseed meal, coconut oil, one egg, and mix.  then, i put some coconut oil in a pan so it wouldn't stick, and put a few spoonfuls of the batter on.  it cooked quickly, then i sprinkled some grated cheese on top and gave him the whole thing.  he ate two and ate 'em fast.  i daresay we've got a winner!

variations that i'm going to try in the mix: steamed and pureed spinach (or really any vegetable... corn, carrots, peas, kale, sweet potato...), wheat germ, nutritional yeast sprinkled on top, bran, oats, couscous, lentils, various types of beans, more garlic... forget the world, this pancake is my oyster!

make a bunch, freeze 'em, warm them up on the stove.
serve 'em up with some grated cheese (locatelli is our pick!).  

i hope your kids like them as much as parker did (on the first day).


  1. This is a great idea! My one year old likes to spit vegetables out of his mouth but is an otherwise great eater. He loves bread and pancakes fall into that category so he just might eat these!

  2. Mmmm, I was just thinking about potato pancakes yesterday. They would be so yummy with extra veggies in them! Also it reminds me a little of some quinoa burgers I made last fall (need to make again!) They fell apart like no bodies business, but they were really yummy. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  3. You always have the best recipes, so I'm definitely trying this one. We're always looking for ways to eat more veggies so this is perfect.

  4. no toddlers like leftovers! It is the weirdest, pickiest thing. My mom was like, well we don't like leftovers either.... I said, but we eat them anyway!!

  5. Hmmm...I must try this. I'm all about sneaking in some veggies when I can. However, spinach went down the hatch the other night wihtout much of a fight. Just scooped it up with some sweet potato and he was good to go! I did get an 'i no yike pinach!' but he ate it! HOORAY FOR VEGGIES!

  6. dude. bonz changes his mind MID-MEAL sometimes!!
    like, he'll be happily eating something then suddenly he'll stop and say he doesn't like it anymore.

    one day he loves kiwis, the next he won't touch them.
    even though i learned long ago, i still stock up on things he seems to dig... only to get foiled when the tide turns. sigh.

    these cakes look good!
    i just made a batch of our cakes (or cuppies, as we call 'em) a week or two ago... seems they're acceptable again these days!


  7. yes! nutritional yeast! i knew i liked you!

  8. Totally normal- they're supposed to be unpredictable. The worst is when they won't even try it the first time. I say if they eat it once it's a winner.

  9. This looks so good, I have to try that out. My son is really picky when it comes to food haha, but he loves pancakes, so I'm sure I can trick him into eating this :)

  10. Those sound great! Thanks for sharing them!!


  11. So interesting. I would have never thought of it. I must must must diversify my recipes (pinterest anyone?).



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